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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: To provide sustainable and innovative drug/alcohol prevention programs that reach parent & child together.

Results: CANDLE, Inc. has provided the tools for dozens of communities to 'take care of their own' via our Reality Tour Program Model. Over 35,000 parents/children in our home state of PA have participated. Our program is in 7 states and Canada. All replicated programs have been able to successfully us our tools to create ongoing prevention services in their community by networking a volunteer force.

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 7 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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"The Reality Tour made me more determined to NOT try drugs!"- Quote from a Clarion County Youth attendee

CourtneyHankinson

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In Indiana County, Pennsylvania, the Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition coordinates the Reality Tour Program as a drug prevention strategy for the community of Indiana County, PA. As a Prevention Specialist, I am proud to say I have participated in the program for more than five years. The information and education provided during this program is priceless. The tour is a much needed avenue for parents, families and youth leaders to gain invaluable information about current drug trends in our area while learning / strengthening strategies to resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Familes appreciate that the youth are engaged in programming from the beginning to the end of the programming and are encouraged to ask questions. Our coalition is grateful to have the Reality Tour program in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an intermediate principal and promote the Reality Tour as a way to educate our families on how drugs and alcohol can destroy hopes and dreams. This is the most informative educational drug/alcohol program reaching parent and child together. My families have shared with me the positive impact this program has had on educating their family about the dangers of substance abuse and strategies to say, 'NO!' I've attended numerous sessions and every time I walk away from the experience reminded of the impact this program has on our children and their parents.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love this program. It reaches parents and children at a critical developmental juncture. It is a key component of our drug prevention work. Not only does it reach parents and children, it galvanizes a whole community as schools, emergency personnel, treatment facilities, and others get involved in making the program a success. Finally, it's affordable -- something critical for all of us.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a secondary principal and have seen first hand how drugs and/or alcohol destroy families. We use the Reality Tour for students found to be under the influence of or in possession of drugs or alcohol. Both parents and students have returned and described the positive impact that the Reality Tour had on their situation. I took my own children to see it and they were definitely impacted by the material. I am very thankful for the volunteers who provide this service and we, as a district, will continue to utilize this service.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work being done by Candle Inc. and the Reality Tour is an invaluable resource to our community and schools. As the former middle school principal of our school district, we partnered with Candle Inc. to bring parents and students together to learn about the dangers of drug abuse. More importantly, this program which is attended by both parent and child, opens up the lines of communication and the improves awareness of early at risk behaviors. I endorse this program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't imagine not being part of this unique project. Living and working in the community where Reality Tour started feels like a true benefit. I'm glad to support CANDLE Inc. and glad to know how hard they work on behalf of our community.