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Community Action Network for Drugfree Lifestyle Empowerment/CANDLE, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: To provide sustainable, replicable and innovative drug/alcohol prevention to educate parent & child before there is a substance abuse issue.

Results: CANDLE, Inc. has provided the tools for dozens of communities to 'take care of their own' via our Reality Tour Program Model. Over 40,000 parents/children in our home state of PA have participated. Our program is in 9 states. All replicated programs have been able to successfully use our tools to replicate 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 9 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

157 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour was a real eye opener for myself, my wife and my daughter (oldest of 3 daughters). This program should be mandatory in all schools and it helped open up a lot of dialogue with our daughter. Please continue to provide this great service to all communities that you can. Thanks!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a young father of three I thought I knew about helping my kids avoid the trap of drug abuse...boy was I wrong! This program is so eye opening, informative and impactful! It opened dialogue with my wife, our son and our other two younger children! We were so moved by the work of the reality tour our family has now volunteered several times helping in the tours and acting as well!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jim H. , Cranberry Township, PA

I took my 13 year old son to this and we both thought it was a great presentation. The speakers there included law enforcement personnel as well as teenage kids who shared their stories of how they have had problems and how easily peer pressure can help cause kids to make wrong decisions. The live stations were impactful too when the actors made us feel the pain of losing a loved one because of this issue. I would highly encourage everyone to take their kids to see this. It's important and unfortunately it is part of reality these days and something that we all have to face openly with our children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was afraid to take my first child to the Reality Tour. But, once I did, I was so glad! It was a great way to really show my child that the world has so many dangers that can be avoided. It taught us a lot, opened communication, and was impactful. We took my second child when she was old enough. I highly encourage all parents to do this!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2017, I attended a Reality Tour event with my son who was then in 6th grade in Cranberry Township Pennsylvania. Saying that this event "moved" me would be a huge understatement. First and foremost, my son loved the program and felt a true sense of accomplishment when he pledged to never do drugs, which led the two of us toward having an awesome conversation about the perils of teen drug usage. Secondly, it resonated with me as I unfortunately experienced the loss of many childhood friends when I was a teenager in the early 1980's in the DC area. I strongly feel that, had a program like this, with its very grounded approach, been available when I was a teen, a good number of teen lives would have been saved. I loved every aspect of this program. The reading materials, skits, and overall presentation are all crafted in a way that is positively impactful. Simply put, this is a must see event.

Teresa W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took my 4 children to this about 7 years ago. it was definitely powerful and memorable. To be honest they STILL complain that I dragged them to this. LOL But they can still tell you all about it. They'll tell you what they saw and the things the speakers said.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was an excellent program. I believe schools should get involved and very student should go through this. Extremely informative and helpful. Well done!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best think YOU could ever do for your child is to sign up TODAY for a tour . It just might save a life !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly recommend that every parent and child attend this! You will be glad you did and well worth every second! We are fortunate to have a group of people in our area to put this together and educate parents/children about the common dangers we face each and every day. A special thanks to all that contribute to Reality Tour and I will plan to attend again in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour has been such a blessing while raising my children! Teenagers absolutely do not have the ability to navigate through middle and high school without parents educating themselves and their teens on the pitfalls and dangers of drug use! The Reality Tour does just that. Their “family health policy” (random drug testing) is exactly what teens need to keep them safe. The drug epidemic is real, and no family is above it’s reach! Thank you Reality Tour for helping me to help those I love!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friends and I enjoy planning a night out with our teenage children (both boys and girls in the group) and decided to attend this tour together. We opened the evening by taking the children to dinner then each drove in our own vehicles to afford them the opportunity for one on one discussions in the car on the way home from the tour. This was one of our most valuable nights out as a group. It was an eye opener for the children and educational to all of us in attendance. I will be forever grateful for the education provided as well as the reality of the consequences when confronted with unwarranted circumstances. My daughter had so many questions afterwards and now years later, often refers to the tour and how it impacted her teenage years. Thank you so much for a great experience! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to educate their child on drugs, but not so sure as to how to initiate the discussion or where to begin seeking out materials!
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello everyone my name is David Griffith and i had the honor of being involved with the reality tour in Butler Oct. the 8th. I was the undercover cop that made the arrest. I have to tell you that i myself am in recovery for the last 22 months. I was amazed at the reaction of the parents and the teens that were in attendance.I feel that this program could change the attitude of both parties involved. I myself spent 22 years in prison for different offences ALL DRUG AND ALCOHOL Related. I don't know if a program like this could have changed me or not. there was no program at the time. But rest assured that if we only change one person it could be your son your daughter or even you. I hope that this will peak your curiosity and would welcome your visit to the program. In Recovery GRIFF!!!

Ray B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Reality tour is an effective way to make teens (and parents) aware of the tremendous dangers of drug use, as well as the negative impact drugs have on individuals, families and communities! Well done, RB

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The reality tour was an amazing experience and something that every parent/child should do together. In the middle of an opioid pandemic in this country we def need to be able to open lines of communication in the house n the reality tour helps do exactly that with a very hard stigmatized subject that many parents don’t wanna talk about. Thinking it could be your child on drugs is never an easy concept, however at the rate of overdoses in this country, it very easily could be anybody’s child. Addiction does not discriminate and the reality tour helps bring all of this into focus. Excellent tour with exceptional people. This tour also serves a bigger purpose for the community and our country by getting facts about drugs out there. I personally feel prevention is way better than treatment for addiction.
Great job

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I went to my first Reality Tour in 2017, in search of a Drug & Alcohol program to introduce to the Parents' Association at Vincentian Academy, and have been impressed to the point of now participating in the local Cranberry Twp., and Mars monthly sessions (usually the Grieving Father), while trying to gather a core group of movers and shakers in the Pittsburgh North Hills to form our own Reality Tour.

It was my turn to tally the post-session survey last month, and see clearly that both the parents and their 10-15 year old children benefit from all aspects of the three hour event, especially from the actor scenes and the testimonials of the recovering high school addicts, while long-term previous participants report that the Tour opened up a lasting channel of communications within their families--and opened up the eyes of often naive parents.

Reality Tour is a successful, winning step in solving the drug and alcohol problems plaguing our nation. Respectfully, Ed Catozella

Rachel L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended a Reality Tour by CANDLE Inc just recently and after experiencing it I immediately wondered why I didn't have something like this when I was a young kid. Instead of the kids hearing about what happens to you if you starting abusing drugs, they actually witness it happen. Which obviously leaves a bigger impact on them and the parents watching their kids watch it. I think every school should partner with CANDLE Inc so the kids not only see what could happen to them, but their friends and family as well. I can't wait to help out with more and impact more parents and their kids lives.

grahm2.0

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour is still helping families prevent drug and alcohol abuse after all these years. I've been so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful organization! The friendly staff and dedicated volunteers really have designed and crafted a wonderful program highlighting the reality of what drugs and alcohol offer: jail, tragedy, and death. It's such a courageous and honest approach to a topic that was clouded in stigma and misinformation for far too long! I support the mission and wish many years of success!

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just scheduled my our second trip to the Reality Tour in Greensburg - this time with my daughter. We attended 4 years ago with my son who was 13 at the time. It was very impactful. While we never believed (as no one ever does) that our children would ever get into drugs, we know 100% they will be in a situation where they might be able to use the information they gain through the Reality Tour. We're taking the preventative approach.

Thank you for the work that you do for this program AND for being parent partners in helping my children to be informed as to the dangers with all drugs.

Diane192

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you SO much for organizing the Reality Tour! I thought I was up to date on what was going on in the dark realm of drugs and other inhibitors, but boy was I wrong. This was very well put together. The action skit, the videos, and the live testimonies all had so much information, and those boys from George Junior just tore my heart up. So young, and so brave to share their story so another child will not have to walk in their shoes. I just can't express how much I appreciate the hard work everyone put into this event!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We brought our 13 year old to the Reality Tour not knowing what to expect. I have to say that this was a very powerful experience for myself, my son and my wife! The powerful content of this tour is right on target and much needed for all of our children. We will be referring our youth group as well as our Celebrate Recovery family to this mission. Thank you!

Ken_57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour held by CANDLE, Inc. on September 12, 2016 was an amazing and memorable experience. Previous to attending I had heard that the Reality tour was very powerful and the message was well done. After attending I can say that it far surpassed my expectations, was very powerful, and was done in a very nice way. All parts of the Tour were impactful but the most powerful were the interviews with a retired PA State Trooper and also interviews with young individuals from a correctional facility who were there because of involvement with drugs from a very young age. I must thank the CANDLE, Inc organization for providing this service to the community.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Having both worked for CANDLE, Inc. and attended Reality Tour, I can honestly say this is an amazing non-profit and program. The drug epidemic across the country is growing each day and the passionate people that run CANDLE, Inc and Reality Tour are desperate to stop it. The Reality Tour program really opens up the communication lines between parents and children so they are comfortable talking about drugs. It also shows the consequences and provides coping skills. Something that I found very influential about the program is the talks from law enforcement and at risk youth. It shows parents that this is happening in their own community and kids that this problem could happen to them. Overall I highly recommend the program, it has made an impact on my life and I'm sure countless others as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a mom of three kids now 22,20,15 All of whom experienced the reality tour with a group of friends when they went to Middle school. THEY STILL talk about. The older two successfully avoided the trap of drugs as did the students/friends they attended with. We were talking about it the other day and the 20 year old remembered the Jail. "there was a person behind the glass, they had tennis shoes like mine, I realized they had lost all their freedom and I didn't ever want to end up there," Now in college entering into her Junior year...the memory is vivid. She continues to avoid the path that drugs could take her. The 15 year old said the funeral is what cinched it for her. She said, "Looking at the body and knowing people were missing their friend I didn't want to lose a friend to something stupid like drugs or want people looking at me in a casket and wondering how I could have been so stupid." As a parent I remember grilling the students who were in recovery and asking them HOW did your parents MISS this? They willingly shared with me their tips and tricks on how they got away with it...I am grateful. To this day...if my kids go somewhere and call me on the cell, I ask to speak to their friend or friends parent from the cell...to be assured they are where they say they are...they know it will happen...no need to try to be deceptive. My son is pursing a career in law enforcement...he remembers the question about giving something up for 6 weeks and thinking as a child what it would be like to never have pizza again, or some other enjoyable thing. They drew the parallel about why "try something" that could become addictive to have to live the rest of your life NEVER experiencing it again..to the point of having to experience extreme pain because a narcotic could contribute to a relapse. For my olders its been 7 and almost 10 years and THE REALITY tour is still shaping their thought process about drugs and their use. I am thankful that so far their path has strayed away from the destructive one involving drug use. Those morphed images of their photos are etched into their minds as something to avoid. As homeschooled students the olders never encountered the peer pressure that kids grew up with. The REALITY TOUR prepared them for what peers can do. They have the ability to pull you down...or lift you up and out of the pit and away from the drug scene. Kudos to a program that makes a difference and leaves an impact. Our family is proof!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This experience hits hard from all different angles. Hopefully by showing how drugs affect all of our lives in today's world the message will get across to youths and adults. By showing the skits, the movie, and talks from law enforcement and recovering addicts I am hopeful that something will touch a nerve and make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Reality Tour in Mars on June 9th. I was astonished and surprised at just how influential and educational Reality Tour is. The dramatic scenes, although put on by volunteers, were fabulous and really got their messages across. Another great aspect was hearing from two boys from George Junior. Their stories were so inspirational and I know their wasn't a dry eye in the entire audience after one of the boys explained he will be leaving George Junior soon as a changed man and is headed to the army. I think this experience was a great learning exercise and all parents should consider taking their kids to this wonderful program.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Reality Tour is a wonderful opportunity to open communications with your child about drugs if you haven't already. Providing real life situations, video commentary, as well as first hand experience of what life is like to be a "user". This program exceeded my expectations and gave my daughter and I plenty to talk about on the ride home as well as share with other family members at home. As a parent I really appreciated the tips given by the instructor, police officer and former abusers. Worth checking out and quite possibly saving the life of a friend or family member. Thank You!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the final tour @ BVA and was truly moved when listening to the mom give her gut wrenching story followed by her son who is in recovery. Every person in the audience had tears in their eyes. Thanks to all the volunteers who work tirelessly to educated families about this horrible epidemic.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a PR intern at CANDLE for the spring of 2016. My name is Samantha and I’m a graduating senior at Slippery Rock University. My experience here has been great so far. I’ve been put in charge of reaching out to potential leads and working extensively on their Fun Fore All Fundraiser. I feel like CANDLE has offered me many opportunities to grow not only as an intern, but an individual as well. Everyone is so passionate about the cause and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of families. Working at an organization with such a great message has been very rewarding. Also, having been through the Reality Tour, I highly recommend the experience to all families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended the reality tour last Thursday. I was not really sure what to expect, but I left with a wealth of knowledge about drugs and drug prevention for teens. I learned more about drug prevention in three hours than anything I have found on the internet or in school. I recommend this program for any pre-teen and their parents. This is a wonderful program for a family to make sure the whole family is on the same page and feel comfortable about talking about drugs. This tour gives you the reality of what happened when you get caught up in drugs. It gives a glimpse of a teens life struggles on drugs and it is very eye opening. Lastly, the part of the program I found to be most helpful was the Q and A with two teens who are in a correction facility and they talked about their lives on drugs. I though that it was very beneficial to hear how drugs are prevalent with teens first hand. Overall, this is a wonderful and very knowledge program. I recommend anyone to go.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our children "hear" and are taught about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but this program let them actually "see" the devastating effects drugs and alcohol have on them. Our family attended this program a few years ago, and now our oldest son is in high school. Our kids know the dangers, but you are always going to have peer pressure or that 1 person, whether it be a close friend or someone they date, that may have that special hold over them and can talk them into trying something they really know they shouldn't do. For this reason, I have tried to give my sons a way out and told them to tell their friends that their mother "drug tests" them, and if they ever got caught, they would have to reveal the name of the person who gave them the drugs. My boys liked having that idea as an option if a simple "no" didn't work, so I just order the drug testing kit which makes it official--I contacted Candle, Inc. and was given a 50% off coupon since we attended the Reality Tour. They send random drug testing notifications which my sons have agreed to take. This way, my kids really do have a way out if they need it. Should they refuse, then I will know something is up. It's a win, win situation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for 2 years with the Reality Tour. I started volunteering after I took my daughter to the Reality Tour in 6th grade. It is just a phenomenal program for both parents and students to create understanding and awareness of drug influence in the area. It helps educate what drugs to be aware of and the serious consequences of taking drugs. I am still impacted as a parent every time I volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour is amazing. I've attended the program years ago with my son and recently with my 6th grade daughter. I can't say enough about the program. It is professional run and very educational for the students and parents. Keep up the amazing job!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ive taken both of my daughters through the reality tour. Its an excellent program making a great impact on our kids and community.

1 Ann_62

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After reading that five young people had overdosed in a little over a week in our area, I am so glad to have the Reality Tour in our area. It provides a great opportunity to help kids before they get hooked! As my mom used to say, Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure, and in this case it is so more possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer Tour Director and Board Member, I occasionally have the privilege to attend open houses at different elementary schools in our area. Two things consistently stand out at these open houses: the number of parents who have already been through Reality Tour with their older children and can't wait to bring their younger children; and the number of parents who have not yet been through Reality Tour but have heard so many positive comments from friends and neighbors who have. I almost forgot, there are three things. The last is how many parents make a point to stop and thank us for providing Reality Tour to their families.

I could not put a price on any of the above.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tour director for a number of years and always look forward to each presentation. The reactions that we get from the young people and parents who attend each program constantly motivates me and reinforces the knowledge that we are doing the right thing, every time, all the time. Our message is consistent, timely and another educational tool to help families cope with the scourge that wants to get its grip into our children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a ninth grader who attended the reality tour and it was one of the greatest programs I have attended in years. The reality tour explains drugs way better than a school and I recommend it to anyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter attended the tour in 2006. She was so deeply affected that she wanted to volunteer. What a wonderful experience and learning opportunity for her. She has been blessed tie share her knowledge with others and , hopefully, make a positive impact in their lives

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour was phenomenal! It was so beneficial for my 11-year-old child. The tour gave real life examples of how drugs can turn your world around for the worse. The presentation was informational and hearing the two recovering addicts speak was helpful, too. Thank you to everyone who makes this possible. Every child should experience this with at least one parent. It will open the lines of communication as well. Thank you!

Tara44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have to say it is so rewarding to see the amount of families that come in and have their lives changed. You can clearly see the positive effects that it has on pre-teens/teens by observing their behavior before the tour starts and after it is concluded.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the PR intern for CANDLE Inc. during my spring semester 2015. My name is Kaila and I am a graduating senior from Slippery Rock University. Being the intern for such a great cause really made this experience memorable. During my internship my main focus was to keep the social media accounts: Facebook and Twitter up-to-date. I also did written work, design work and other tasks throughout my internship. The wide variety of opportunities that was available for me to be part of was a great learning experience and a huge step forward for me when entering the professional world. I highly recommend CANDLE as a nonprofit that allows for a great internship!

Jen_51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Reality Tour with my 2 children ages 12 and 16. This is by far the best drug prevention program out there today. It was truly eye opening for not only my children but for myself as well. I have shared the experience with many people and they plan on signing up to attend. I think all schools should make this a mandatory program for students.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I recently attended the Reality Tour with my husband and our two sons (ages 11 and 14). We found this program to be very educational. The volunteers did a wonderful job of conveying a lot of information about drug use in a way that captured the attention of kids and adults alike. I am so grateful to our school district for promoting this important organization - I really believe that if everyone took the time to attend a Reality Tour, the drug problems in our communities would diminish greatly. I highly recommend this program for anyone with teens and pre-teens.

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normanorris 03/19/2015

CANDLE, Inc. meets with Seneca Valley School Administrators next Wednesday to plan for access to Reality Tour for next school year. We will be sure to pass along your comment . Thanks for attending.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Reality Tour with my 11yr old son. Several of his friends also attended with their parents. It was very informative for both the kids and the adults, I did not realize how much I didn't know about what is going on with drugs. The biggest benefit of this program for us was that it opened up communication for our family. I hope every family gets to attend this amazing program!

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normanorris 12/18/2014

Thanks for taking the time to add your comments so other parents can be inspired to take their child. It is our mission to let parents know about the changing drug trends - it is fairly stunning what is happening with designer drugs and people transitioning from Rx pain pills to heroin etc.