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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 10 years and have had so many positive experiences, from the camaraderie with the other volunteers, to the hugs and comments from the attendees during the tour. I can't say how many times people have told me that they attended years ago, and how important it was for them and their children. Please, do yourself a favor - take your child to Reality Tour. And, if you are looking for purpose or involvement in a community - consider volunteering. There are many ways in which you can help. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer in 2009, the Reality Tour helped to change my opinion of the value of drug prevention programs. The approach brings real-life experiences into plain view, which seems to have a greater impact than traditional methods. I've since returned as a board member to help carry out CANDLE, Inc.'s mission, in hopes that perhaps one young life may be pointed in the right direction.

Jerry16

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Lisa255

Board Member

Rating: 5

I took my daughter to the Reality Tour when she was in 5th grade. We both learned so much from the program. We were so impressed with how well it was put together that we agreed to volunteer. As my daughter is now beginning her junior year in high school, we both continue to support the Reality Tour. We speak openly about the drug and alcohol issues that we continue to learn about through Candle, Inc. I also have joined the Family Health Program and randomly drug test both of my children when we are notified to do so. I feel that Candle, Inc. has given me the opportunity to help my children move through life with the knowledge and ability to stay away from substances that can harm them and those that they love.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CANDLE Inc. is a wonderful nonprofit that is helping our youth and families combat substance abuse across the country. The Reality Tour is a meaningful program that impacts everyone in attendance. It truly the only program of its kind, benefiting children and parents together. Every community should utilize Reality Tour and the other programs that CANDLE, Inc. can offer. Saving a child from substance abuse is priceless.