CANDLE, Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   95 reviews

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Location: 100 Brugh Ave. Butler PA 16001 USA

Mission: To provide sustainable and innovative drug/alcohol prevention programs that reach parent & child together.
Results: Recently we have focused on collaborating with civic groups to start Reality Tours. As a result, the Norwin Lion's Club in Irwin, PA started a Reality Tour and the Grove City, PA Rotary started a Reality Tour as well. CANDLE, Inc. provides the Program Model, support and guidance for the start ups.
Target demographics: communities use existing resources to provide an evidence-based parent/child prevention experience that is self-sustaining and provided on a scheduled basis so there is always a program coming up for families to access.
Direct beneficiaries per year: CANDLE, Inc. directly oversees Reality Tours in Butler & Westmoreland PA, reaching over 2,000 families. CANDLE, Inc's Reality Tour Program Model allowed other communities replicating the program to reach over 10,000 participants. Over 250 families enrolled in our Family Health Policy, home drug testing with love program.
Geographic areas served: Reality Tours are in over a dozen PA counties and in 10 other states. For a complete listing of sites visit www.Realtiy Tour.org Family Health Policy is an online product accessible to anyone in the US
Programs: the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program and Family Health Policy Home Drug-testing, CANDLE, Inc. gives communities and families the tools to educate the community on substance abuse prevalence and drug trends while imparting coping skills that can help families prevent experimentation.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I was originally involved with the Westmoreland Reality Tour for about 1 year after the loss of my son (David Baughman) to a heroin overdose. In November of last year I took on the venture of bringing the program to the Latrobe Area. The Latrobe Reality Tour will cover the Latrobe, Derry and Ligonier School districts as the Westmoreland Reality Tour no longer has the capacity for our families. Our first tour will be on Wednesday September 17 at the Latrobe Municipal Authority. If I can help deter one child from going down that terrible road then my son's death was not in vain.

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Life-changing

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2014

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Mary Ann, Your journey is one that no one wants to take, but you handle each step with courage and faith. Because you didn't stay rooted in grief - as you would have been entitled to do - you are now reaching hundreds and most likely thousands with a family prevention message. David must be saying, "Way to go Mom." I read the article covering the start of the Latrobe Reality Tour under your direction and that of the Latrobe Rotary Club: (http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourlatrobe/yourlatrobemore/6888557-74/latrobe-program-reality?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+alltribstories+%28TribLIVE+News%29#axzz) Thank you for answering the call that was tugging on your heart. Norma Norris Executive Director CANDLE, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

When I give to a charity I am hopeful that my donation will actually help someone. In the case of CANDLE, Inc I know that my contribution will be used to help young people learn of the negative effects of drugs and that it will really change lives.

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My husband and I have seen how heroin has ruined the young life of a son of our friends. This boy was stealing anything & everything to get money to feed his habit, and at age 21 is now in jail on felony charges. His mother's heart broke when the police came to subdue & arrest him at their house, on Mother's Day. If CANDLE, Inc keeps one kid from a future like that, then it is worth it. But we know they are opening the eyes of more than one kid, and that's why we support this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Reality Tour and their volunteers provide the education and life-like exposure that parents and their middle school children need about drug prevention in today's world. The topics presented at a Reality Tour provide common knowledge for on-going discussions between parents and their children that attended a tour. These on-going parent-child discussions have helped many families avoid the negative impact drugs can have on the lives of family members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ive been working with the candle inc for several years as a volunteer and now as a board member.i lost a daughter to a 11 year battle to drugs in march 2011 . my wish is by me helping this way of showing what happened that I can save others from going through what my family went through.

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ive been involved with many organizations and got to say this one is top notch.its all volunteer and everyone takes their roles seriously to reach the most impact on our children and families.i know from personell expierence how how loosing a loved one after many years of harsh battles with addition and want to invite each and everyone to attend a reality tour near you.its the right thing to do.

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pray for the local goverments to help make more of a impact on our schools to get involved.

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my family lost our lovely daughter march 6th 2011 to a drug overdose.after heart searching i decided to try and speak to others at the butler reality tour about my expierence of a fathers loss of his daughter.i have since after several speeches joined as a board member and continue to speak to others.i want to personelly invite each of you to come to a reality tour and see how there are so many ways for children to get involved with drugs today.my hopes are through the education of this program that your family will not have to go through what my family has to endure daily with our loss.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for CANDLE, Inc./ Reality Tour through my on campus organization at Slippery Rock University of PA, Rock PRoductions, for about two years now and I recently started interning for them this fall semester. They have an amazing impact on families and that impact increases each day. Several months ago I attended Reality Tour on my own just to get a feel for how they run things and it far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend ALL parents to take the time to go to Reality Tour with their kids!

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I have volunteered at CANDLE, mostly the Butler Reality Tour, for 10 years now. I can't tell you how many families have come up and held me at the end of the dramatic scenes and thanked me for our efforts, saying that they know this will make a difference in the lives of their children. I have had a friend's child, going off to college years after attending the Reality Tour, tell me that he never tried drugs and didn't intend to, because he was sincerely impacted by the facts he learned that evening with his parents. I also work all day at a not for profit community, and have had co-workers approach me asking for information about what they can do with their children. This is a tremendous resource for the community, brought about by people who just sincerely care about children and families having the information they need to keep themselves healthy. Bring your family! You will be glad you did.

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I have volunteered with Candle, Inc at the Reality Tour in Butler and other surrounding communities for many years. I continue to do so because of the positive feedback from the parents (many thank you messages as they pass through the "condolence" line at the funeral scene) and the impact you can see on the faces of the children. Truly, this feels like a gift you are giving the community. It is powerful and informative and gives parents a feeling of being in a "fair fight" rather than the helplessness they feel when they read the newspaper or watch the local news.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been with CANDLE Inc. and The Reality Tour for a little over a year now. The countless lives I have seen impacted over that short time has been tremendous. I myself do not have children, but I recommend all of my friends with children 10 and up take their child to Reality Tour. The positive responses I receive back is astounding. So many parents and pre-teens / teens do not realize the severity drug abuse has on an entire family. The knowledge they gain at the tours is so profound, many change their entire thinking about ever trying drugs in the first place. This program should be in every school district and every county nationwide.

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The Reality Tour had a tremendous impact on our 10 year old daughter and us. My wife, daughter, and I have truly opened up the lines of communication regarding drugs and alcohol. As all parents, we want the best for our children and the Reality Tour provided us a venue to comfortably approach a difficult subject. We will bring our two other children to the tour when they reach the appropriate age.

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22 Scouts from Troop 53 in Butler, Pennsylvania attended Realty Tour and were impacted by each dramatic scene. In one scouts words, "it seemed very real and will make me think twice before ever doing drugs". The parents of the scouts were also impacted saying, "Reality Tour made me more aware of what is out there and what my kids could be facing". "I'm glad for the information and now I know what to look for and how to speak with my kids about drugs". Troop 53 is planning on attending every year.

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