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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

Erin P.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am the director for Reality Tour in NY. We've never had anything like this in our small county. It was hard to get it going, but when do have a tour, we rarely have a dry eye i the house and the impact is shown. We have parents coming up thanking us for the tour and we've even had people come more than once and refer others to come. It is literally a "reality" tour, in the life of an addict. It's so much more impactable because teens and parents are able to see the truth instead of just hearing it.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Reality Tour became part of the Iron Mountain Public Schools in 2012 as a response to the infiltration of synthetic marijuana in our school and community. The program has had a remarkable impact on the children and adults. Reviews and comments from program participants have all been positive. Reality Tour has made a difference in our school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent and youth group leader, Reality Tour opened my eyes, and my teens eyes, to the dangers of drugs. It put my family on a level playing field when it comes to talking about drugs, and my teens know that I've been educated. There were so many important points that I learned through Reality Tour that were invaluable to my family. It's a must-do activity for all families!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a coordinator for the Reality Tour in Fayette Co., WV, I have seen several youth and parents that have felt an impact from these tours. I have had comments telling how much the Reality Tour has meant to them and some that have said they would no longer use drugs. There have been comments to continue the tour because it helped them to stay clean. Personally, I like having the opportunity to give to the community by providing access to information and resources . This is a life-changing opportunity and a program that is not available to the community otherwise. I feel this is a very worthwhile program.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a classic, easy to implement community support system to educate families on the dangers lurking readily to our youth. The focus on prevention vs. rehabilitation is extremely cost-effective not only in after care dollars but in preserving the ability of our youth to grow and mature into all they can be. The learn how to say no and how to recognize the dangers. It is by community for the community and all reap the benefits. The volunteers are dedicated and provide the core of the delivery of this important message that allows families to have open discussion and address the issue of drugs before it's a crisis in the family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a pharmacist and mother of an 8th grader, the program is so meaningful to me. I feel it should be mandatory for preteens and teens. Drug abuse in our community is a real problem and I am so grateful the Reality Tour is proactive in reaching the kids before it potentially takes hold of them. Having been robbed at gunpoint last year working as a pharmacist in a local community pharmacy, I know the reality of drug addiction, tolerance and what desperation can lead a person to do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The reality tour is an exceptional program to help keep children away from drug and substance abuse. The program opens up lines of communication between children and parents/guardians to keep the focus on a drug-free lifestyle. This is high impact and a must for children and parents to live a drug-free lifestyle. Otis DiCerbo

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation