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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

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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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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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!

1 Sheila50

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The reality tour is something every child should attend and every school district should pay for! Theses are the things that impacted my daughter the most, the tour it's self is an A+. The mother screaming and crying at the emerg room scene impacted me as well as her. The talk by the recovering addicts and the detective held her attention, even the movie kept her interest but when it came to the talk by the director and the gentleman who is in charge of drug prevention, she did not remember a word that was said. After about 2hours she was getting bored. (Which is about the attention level of any 6th or 7th grader.) I have recommended this to many of my friends.

Comments ( 1 )

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normanorris 12/17/2014

Thank you for attending Reality Tour with your child and for offering a review recommending the program. Agreed...at times the attention of youth attending can waiver while we present vital information that speaks mainly to parents. In the coming weeks, you may be surprised at what your child actually did take in during the family coping skills segment. Just being present while parenting skills are covered can result in a better acceptance on the part of the child when those skills are implemented in the home. Thanks for participating!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi,

I just want to let you know that this was a very educational for me, my husband and duaghter. I was not a very good child and I really thought I knew a good bit regarding drugs. I had some friends die from drugs and alcohol. I was very lucky and cleaned my act up however now that I have children I thought I new what to look for. After your tour I was completely wrong.

I really think every parent should attend this tour and not just once. I think that they should attend every couple or so years. I have a child that is 19 and I know things have changed since I was a kid. I also have a child age 11 and it changed from my oldest.

Please keep up the great work. My daughter thanked me for taking her. It really did opens some great line of communication.

Thanks,

Tammy Hoffer

Camille5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I WENT TO ONE OF THESE REALITY TOURS LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT IT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE AND GIVE ME A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON HOW I WANTED MY LIFE TO GO. THE LEARNING POTENTIALS FAR EXCEED THE NORMAL PROGRAMS ABOUT DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE! THE VOLUNTEERS LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ME THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE GAVE ME AN OUTLOOK THAT I NEVER EXPECTED TO RECEIVE VERY POWERFUL! I HAVE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THIS TO MANY OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY! i WOULD ALSO SUGGEST THAT ANYONE THAT HAS NOT BEEN TO A REALITY TOUR DO SO VERY SOON!