Pennsylvania Public Schools Employees Retirement System (PSERS)
Every Year the Pennsylvania Public Schools Employees Retirement System (PSERS) hosts a fundraiser and selects a charity. This year the recipient selected was NCDAF. The fundraiser/Hot Dog Day was held on June 21st at the PSERS office located on North th street from 11:30 – 01:30. NCDAF hosted an awareness table and sold NCDAF items including tee shirts & poem books. The money raised allows NCDAF to continue to help families fighting addiction, fund our scholarship programs and continue education in our schools, town halls and community.
NCDAF has been helping the community over the last couple of years by establishing and managing a free Community Pantry where individuals with OUD can get food and clothing and some basic necessities. The Pantry has moved to a new location Effective September 1st 2019. The Son’s & Daughters of Italy Lodge # 2857 will be cosponsoring the Pantry with NCDAF volunteers. The Pantry is being relaunched and will be available for service in September. Watch for the relaunch campaign. Please see the attached flyer for more details on what can be donated and how to donate.
Lost To Addiction Grief Support Sessions
The Central PA Family Alliance (CPFA) unites several nonprofits , including NCDAF, JFT Recovery and Veteran Support Services (JFT), Pro-A, Rainey’s Light/LTA (Lost to Addiction) to conduct bi-monthly grief support meetings. Given its success in reaching and serving the community, the meetings were expanded to include families currently fighting addiction, who have not suffered a loss.
Annual National Night Out
NCDAF organizes and coordinates Central PA’s National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
Beginning in 2015, NCDAF, acting in conjunction with Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey Medical Center, and Byrnes Health Education Center, began taking its Drugs 101 program into the public schools in Perry, Dauphin, and Cumberland Counties. The program consists of parents, law enforcement, coroners, first responders, and others on the front line of the drug crises manning stations the students visit to listen to real life, first-hand accounts of the tragedies that follow drug use.
Central PA Family Alliance
The Central PA Family Alliance (CPFA) unites several recovery organizations in the greater Harrisburg area to focus our strengths and attention on caring for the family. The initial kickoff of this organization was initiated by Steve Barndt of Just for Today Recovery and Veterans Support Services (JFT). We launched our first initiative in the summer of 2016; a regular gathering for parents, friends and individuals who have lost someone important in their life. Anyone seeking support is welcome to join our bi-monthly grief support meetings, tell their story, or just listen surrounded by people with the shared experience of having lost a loved one. The gatherings are organized and supported by NCDAF, JFT Recovery for Veterans,, and Pro-A, Rainey’s Light/Lost to Addiction (LTA). The opportunity has been expanded to include families currently fighting addiction.
Regional Town Halls
Regular Town Halls are organized and hosted by NCDAF in locations around Central Pa. NCDAF staff the events with recovery speakers, from all professions and experiential backgrounds. These sessions include panel discussions and open Q and A, during which attendees are presented the opportunity to ask questions, pose problems, and secure immediate assistance. NCDAF also supports sessions in the local middle schools and high schools on a request basis.
NCDAF Volunteer Meetings
The NCDAF volunteer meetings are structured to provide insight into current issues and activities relevant to the recovery community. The meetings provide an opportunity for volunteers to meet and interact with other recovery organizations and key players in the recovery community to better position themselves to assist those in need. NCDAF routinely secures guest speakers who are experts in their specific fields, to provide the volunteers with direct knowledge and training.
- Awareness Sessions
- Guest Speakers
- Information Sharing
Recovery House Support & Scholarships
NCDAF funds scholarships treatment when requested by individuals of the local community or when submitted by a recovery house on their behalf. Per established protocol, The recovery house identifies individuals in need of treatment but without medical coverage nor the financial means otherwise to secure treatment, and makes contact with NCDAF. NCDAF guidelines restrict the amount of funding awarded and the frequency someone can apply.
- Sponsor Recovery House Repair & Renovation since 2015
- Developed a Financial Assistance Program to Accept & Fund Scholarships
WW Candle Light Vigil
In December of each year, a Worldwide Candlelight Vigil unfolds during which candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time to honor each child who died throughout the year. 2018 marks the fourth year NCDAF, in conjunction with Compassionate Friends, will be hosting and coordinating the Central Pennsylvania gathering. Accordingly, NCDAF secures a site, disseminates event information, specifically recognizes each person who passed and those who stand to honor them, and arranges speakers and music. In 2018 approximately 40 families were in attendance.
Purchasing & Distributing Naloxone
Since 2016 NCDAF has purchased and distributed Narcan to organizations and families who needed it. NCDAF has purchased hundreds of doses of Narcan and now has a training program which teaches individuals to use Narcan and provides them with a Kit after the training is completed.
John serves on the Parent Panel Advisory Council (PPAC) committee created by House Bill 585, which established a parent panel charged with reporting to the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol. PPAC represents 62 counties in Pennsylvania, and John serves as the representative for South Central including Dauphin County. This position allows John to identify issues important to the recovery community, such as one of immediate concern, recovery access issues, treatment cost etc. John disseminates information he gathers through his service to the NCDAF board, its volunteers and supporters, and, when appropriate, NCDAF will lend its support to initiatives in keeping with NCDAF’s charge to increase the voice of parents and loved ones of the addicted. John also serves on PPAC’s Grief Support Subcommittee and maintains the state-wide list for the DDAP webpage.