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CANDLE, Inc.

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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

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Logan C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"I attended Reality Tour as a member of the Slippery Rock University community who is studying public relations at the university. In the public relations field of study, I have learned that having strong community relations is vital to the success of all organizations. Reality Tour does just that in looking after the youth and parents of local communities and showing them the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Public relations is all about appealing to the audience with information important to them and working with their best interest in mind and that’s exactly what Reality Tour does."

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After attending Reality Tour with our son, we all gained valuable knowledge and talking points to discuss issues, as a family, that surround us. It is a great program, very informative. We were so touched by the program that we now volunteer and hope to make a difference.

Deej H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended my first Reality Tour and I gained a lot of insight on exactly what the nonprofit was all about. I learned a lot of vital information that is now able to share with my family and friends. I have begun to encourage those friends and family members to also attend the tours located near them.

1 Lou Rainaldi J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family attended Reality Tour in Butler shortly after we lost Amber to this horrible disease. Reality Tour is a very good program that brings up good conversations within families and communities. My family had some very good talks about the program and the information.
Thank you for organizing Reality Tour and making it available to communities.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attend Reality Tour for the first time this past April and it was such an eye-opener. The information presented to the parents and children is shocking and needs to be made more public. There were times that parents would gasp when told a statistic, or get teary eyed when the guest speakers discussed their past addiction and how it has negatively affected their lives. I was touched by the whole experience and I hope that I will be able to take my kids to a tour in the future.

Tonya L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

The information was good and informative. However it lacked child engagement and age-appropriate activities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What's an amazing program! Every child and parent should see. The dramatic scenes are very impactful. Definitely worth attending and could truly save your child!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first experienced Reality tour when I took my boys. It was a great experience for the entire family. We all learned something and it opened up the door for more open communication. The fact that the parent experiences it with their child is priceless. We were so impressed with it that we now volunteer with the local tour to hopefully direct other kids away from drugs.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reality Tour is the best thing i ever did with my boys. They really got their eyes opened. We did it 9 months ago and they are still commenting on it. Everyone with kids or grandkids should take them to see it.

Allison Lynne S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I would have loved to do this when I was younger. I think this opens the eyes to parents on what to look for. I think Kids will have an eye opener also , they will see how much peer pressure and the desire to fit in is very strong.

Kaylee N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour program is so wonderful for our community and others. I love knowing that I am able to make a difference in people’s lives. Our society has a drug epidemic and it will not get any better if people do not try and help. The Reality Tour does just that. I appreciate that this program enables me to be an advocate for drug prevention. I will continue to help my community through the amazing program of the Reality Tour. This is an awesome volunteer opportunity for anybody wanting to make a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We attended the October session of the Reality Tour with our 6th and 7th grader. Wow - it was impacting! The presentation was "real" for both kids and parents - never a dull moment. Understanding the difference between 1980's and today was sobering and scary, but I was so glad to have received the information accurately, in an open forum, and explaining the consequences to our kids and the community. The two boys from the Detention Center that spoke definitely made it real for our kids because they are so close in age and describing how fast or unintentionally it can happen. The tour ended by providing a guide to continue the conversation for the next few weeks, which has opened up conversation even further. I'd highly recommend making the time to attend.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour was an amazing experience that taught me about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. I learned so much from the program and I truly believe that the Reality Tour is the reason for me staying clean throughout high school. I feel everyone should experience it and learn that drugs are not irrelevant in the community and how to stay away from them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new volunteer for Reality Tour, I cannot think of a more worthwhile program for our children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and extended family. Reality Tour is not just informative, but a tool for parents and children to learn about alcohol, drugs and its serious and dangerous ramifications. It is an evening of learning and hopefully, life long prevention.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently attended a Reality Tour and was very impressed. The program was very informative and impactful, and also provided helpful prevention strategies for both parents and children. It was so nice to have a program that parents and children attend together. If you have adolescents or teenagers, I highly recommend that your family attend a Reality Tour.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic program and one that I would most definitely recommend for anyone with pre-teens and teens. It is extremely informative, well executed and holds the attention of all involved. I found it to be life-changing for myself and my children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I attended the Drug Reality Tour with my middle school daughter (three years ago) - it was insightful! The experience gave each of us a common ground which we could use to begin conversations - those began immediately and are ongoing. Based on that experience we continually talk and discuss current issues facing my teen and peers...drinking, drugs and especially the opioid crisis. Thank you Drug Reality Tour!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CANDLE, Inc has done so much for the families of our community. The organization stresses the importance of talking with their children from a young age about the dangers of drugs. The impact that the Reality Tour has had has been significant and education is the key to success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first came to a reality tour I was not sure what to expect; but soon learned that it is a program crucial to parents and kids everywhere who need this information to protect their families from the drug epidemic. It is a lasting feeling of satisfaction that I can help make a difference in the lives of my fellow youths, and I will never forget how this opportunity has prepared me for the next step in my career.

Being an intern for CANDLE Inc. has given me the opportunity to be a part of an amazing organization and give back to the community by helping to spread the word of drug prevention. Out of the many important things I have learned during my time at CANDLE, it is just how important working as a team is to the smooth running of a company. From day one, being able to listen to each other and work together is the base of what we accomplished this semester. I've also learned how to improve and further tailor my messages to my audience as well as a hands on look into event planning.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended my first Reality Tour prior to starting my internship with CANDLE,Inc. I wanted to be educated on the process of the tour from an outside perspective before my time spent behind the scenes. The tour immediately made me think about my education about drug prevention. I remember my middle school education of learning what drugs did to your body and how they were bad by watching videos in health class. Other than learning of the harms from a mandatory class in middle school, I only remember my parents telling me I would ruin my life if I ever did drugs, which made me stay away from the kids who were using.

I truly believe Reality Tour goes above and beyond the class curriculum of watching a series of videos in health class. Having a parent attend with their child is a mutually beneficial tactic for drug prevention. The tour gives hands-on access for a child to see the consequences of a teen who made life-changing bad choices. The impact of visualizing a mother losing their child is beyond what any video can show.

Being 22 years old, I was moved by what Reality Tour does and how it impacts the audience. The opportunity to intern at this nonprofit has opened my eyes on how everyone should be educated on drug prevention. I was able to use my public relation practices I learned at Slippery Rock University to this nonprofit to help reach more Butler county community members.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having first attended a Reality Tour, as well as interned for CANDLE, Inc., I can say that this non-profit is amazing in-and-out with the work that they do for families and the community. While we all hope that no one we know or love is subject to drugs or drug abuse, it is an epidemic that needs to be known and understood by all parents and children. The dedication that the executive director, tour directors, and volunteers hold is the power behind what is making a difference in all of the communities that Reality Tour can reach. Not only do the tours open the eyes of parents, but their children as well which is equally important and beneficial. The tour shines a light on not only what can come of drug abuse, but ways to prevent it within each household. I have a younger brother who is soon to be attending the Reality Tour in Murrysville and I am more than excited for him, as well as my parents, to have the eye-opening and informational experience that Reality Tour gives. After working for this amazing cause, and seeing the impact it has on others, as well as myself, I would recommend it to any and everyone.