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CANDLE, Inc.

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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

157 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kimberly44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour is wonderful! Both of my children were positively affected by attending. We talk about drugs more than we used to and I feel that it really opened their eyes to how drugs can totally mess up your life. Keep up the excellent work!

Mary183

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Reality Tour for a few years after the loss of my son to a heroin addiction. It is an amazing program. It is very fact based...shows actual consequences of drug use and gives you real life stories from individuals who have struggled with addiction. I only wish it had know about it sooner and it may of made a differnce in my sons outcome.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our organzation used Reality Tour for the first time this year. It has been amaazing! All of our famiies gave positive reviews. We attracted families from all sectors of our community. It truely became a community project for us. Our first responders were our volunteers (police, fire, paramedics) and the employees from our morturary did the funeral scene. Having these professionals and their equipment brought the REAL in to Reality. The folks see the harsh reality of drug addiciton in our community. Being a part of this event provided them with a way to feel like they are making a difference and helping prevent some of the devistation of drugs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Candle Inc is a very worthwhile organization. The Reality Tour has made an impact on many lives in a positive and amazing way! I have been a volunteer for quite a few years and it is extremely rewarding to see how the youth are taken in with the scenes and possibilities and sad endings that one decision can bring to themselves and their family members.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Candle, Inc. provides an important component to the future of children. As schools continue to face budget restraints, Candle provides the educational piece for students and families to learn the harsh reality of drugs and achohol. This program takes a proactive approach to meet parents and children head on and provides support and direction. I have attended several times and have left each time with a new perspective on what is happening to our children (and adults).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for over 2 years. The other volunteers are great and everyone gets along so well. The mission of Candle Inc. and the Reality Tour is to bring education, awareness, and prevention of substance abuse in teens. It is SO important today! Both of my Sons volunteer with the program as well. Through meeting some of the speakers and talking to others at the Reality Tour it has helped them to truly see the risks involved with substance abuse.
I am very proud to support this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding Organization!!!! Candle, Inc. saves lives one program at a time!!! Proud that this organization started in Pennsylvania, but is desperately needed throughout the world!!! I learned so much when my daughter and I attended the program last fall. My daughter said the program made her stronger in her convictions!!!

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.

Christine84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom and I volunteer, and I feel proud that I can be part of a message that can help others!
Mac Michael

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was one of the most memorable and most important things we as parents did with our daughter. I know she will also never forget it. I am so glad there are people caring enough to take the time to present this.
Its exceptional!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Candle Inc. Reality Tour with my daughter. I was so impressed with the program and the strong message it gets across. It is so important to have a program like this in the community.


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.

Karrie-Karen H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe the Reality Tour has an edge over other drug use prevention programs because of the involvement of both the parent and the child. The program provides factual information. This is great parent information so they know what is really out there and happening in their child's world and it lets the child know that their parents are informed and aware and on guard against drug use. Opening lines of communication on the realities/consequences of drug use is very important.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe this organization provides a valuable service to families in the community struggling with the challenges of drug use and abuse. I hope they keep going strong because they have definately made a difference on our community.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cannot not say enough about this program. I truly believe it not only makes the children aware of what can happen but also as parents what is out there and how readily available things are for your children to get into. My son and I both walked away with so much knowledge that my son now is a part of the Reality Tour program with volunteering. I look forward to attending with my youngest son this year.

Taba A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour is a project of Candle Inc. and the show is a great way to have "the talk" with your pre-teens and teens about drug and alsohol prevention. This show is interactive with role-playing and discussion and the kids don't feel like they are being lectured to but are a major part of the Reality Tour. Believe me the kids and parents will never forget it.
Taba Aleem
E. Cleveland, OH

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really believe that The Reality Tour is an effective program because it gets parents/gaurdians talking with their children about how to say no to drugs. If even one child doesn't become an addict because of what they learned at Reality Tour, then my time as a volunteer is worth it. As a mom, my children attended Reality Tour and to quote my son, "Every kid should go to this." I am happy to say that 6 years later, my 18 year old son remains drug free and he plans to stay drug fee throughout college.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do is proud to support this amazing organization. The impact this unique program has on the children of this community is necessary to help them grow up productive and successful citizens !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Words can not express the benefits that the Reality Tour and Candle, Inc. has brought to our local community in regards to drug awareness and prevention. It is a 'must see' for all families with pre-teens. I am also truly elated to see the outreach from across the nation that has occurred in regards to their interest in the Reality Tour. In my opinion, the Reality Tour should be seen all 7 graders across the nation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter first became involved as a volunteer following her 8th grade girl scout troops visit to the tour. She and her friends then participated when they could throughout high school. I dont think they will ever forget the impact the tour had on them.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having a family member that has been addicted to herion, I can't thank Candle Inc enough for the wonderful job they do. I have 3 sons that have seen our family go thru so much with this addiction in our family. They have attended the program and all said how much they had learned from it. Our youngest has been volunteering now for 2 years. Thank you for all you do to make a difference and make kids aware . Keep up the good work !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a recovering addict with over eight years clean. This is a great way to give back to the community. The Reality Tour delivers a powerful message, please come see it for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Kathy108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children are 28,18,16,13,9. My oldest son is a heroin addict. I shield my 3 younger kids for years about his addiction. Now however I don't.drugs are a openly discussed now. All my kids have been to the tour an I now help with the tour in north huntingdon, PA.
I think the visual effect of seeing the actor arrested,put in jail,dying,an the funeral scene have a bigger impact on the kids an parents the just simply talking about drugs. Please continue supporting this programming I know it saves a lot of kids from even trying drugs. And as a parent of an addict if I saw this 10 years ago I may have seen the signs much sooner then I did.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Candle Inc provides an invaluable community resource for families. Participants learn how to be proactive in the choices presented to youth in their social environments. Parents receive information on how to give their child the tools to say "no" when presented with invitations to party in harmful ways. Today it's when, not if, the child will have to decline a peer pressure encounter with drugs. Consequences are depicted clearly and create a lasting impression. Families are provided steps to openly discuss drugs and establish what is acceptable behavior for the family.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I enjoy volunteering at the Reality Tour. The number one reason is - we believe in what the tour is communicating.....Temptations are out there, regardless of our social economic circumstances, education, or family lineage. Drugs, of all shape and sizes and made up concoctions are a reality, and the best way to combat this is to talk about it... honest talks with our kids and ourselves. Reality tour breaks it down to the raw facts and encourages us to be prepared, know what is out there, talk about it, and give a kids new ways of coping. I thank Reality tour for giving me, as a parent, that proverbial kick. As a volunteer, I see behind the scenes, and how dedicated the volunteers are.... It is truly a labor of love! Thank you for all you do!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a group leader for both the Norwin and Greensburg Reality Tours, and the volunteer coordinator for the Greensburg site. My daughters and I went to the Greensburg site as attendees 2 1/2 years ago. It was 1 week before the 4-year anniversary of my brother's death to a heroin and Xanax overdose. The scenes were all very realistic. The funeral scene played the same music that I personally chose for Allen's funeral mass. It was very hard to get through and sometimes still is. The information given is invaluable. I saw the looks on other parents' faces and on the children's and realized it was affecting them. I decided before we left that I wanted to be a part of this so that hopefully we could save other young people and their families from going through the same heartache that we did. My daughters play roles, as well. As the arrestee, the victim in the ER scene, and family that attends the funeral. We have met many people we now proudly call friends. People who care about the same things we do. The recovery speakers also offer hope to me for the family members I have that are still in active addiction. After going to that first one, I was shocked that it had been being done once a month for 4 years and I had only just heard of it. Since then, I tell everyone who will listen and encourage them to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved volunteering for Candle Inc. The outreach they have is huge and the impact on the teens they minister too is even bigger. The program they use is very moving and realistic. I enjoyed volunteering with them and do it whenever I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the director of the Reality Tour in Pike Co, PA and it has been one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences I have ever had (and I do A LOT of volunteering!). It is so wonderful to see the community support for the program. Those that have attended continually send comments in about how The Reality Tour has impacted their lives. Past attendees come back to volunteer because they feel so strongly about the program. To me, that speaks volumes about the quality of the program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My boys and I went to a reality tour a few years ago and it was so impactful.We have been volunteering monthly since.I play a doctor role and my sons girlfriend my nurse.Everywhere I go I tell people all about this program.It should be mandatory that all children in all schools go because it is that good of a program and it could save so many lives.So many parents are not aware of actually how bad the drug problem is today.Unfortunetly for me I lost my sister to drugs and my husband and I have buried other family members from drugs too.Thankfully God has truly blessed us with the strengh and knowledge to teach our five children that drugs are not the answer.Not one of us in this world can be with our children twenty four hours a day,but with wonderful programs like this and spending lots of quality time with our kids we can only hope and pray they never choose that road.I have suffered many tears watching people around me die of drugs so if I can help save lives I am sure going to try. I am very thankful we have one started here in N.Huntigdon now. Terry

Heather74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is a great asset to our kids. It is vivid and real and really shows kids what truly happens when they use drugs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exceptional, high-impact program that helps kids avoid drug use and abuse while ensuring families take a very active role towards an anti-drug lifestyle. This program changes lives. It's all about saving kids one at a time so they could live a productive and successful life. It's about taking steps in our community to solve the serious drug problems that often destroy neighborhoods and families. As a volunteer, the feedback is continuously and consistently positive towards anti-drug use. Otis DiCerbo, Norwin Reality Tour, North Huntingdon, PA