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 united with our partners to establish, finance, stock, manpower and otherwise support Community Pantries. We currently have a thriving pantry in the Migliore Treatment Services facility, 60 South 41st Street, Harrisburg, PA, that provides clothing, non-perishable food items, and necessities. Relying on donor support, and fund-raising initiatives, NCDAF provided all funding necessary to establish this pantry. On May 1, 2017, a second pantry was opened at JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services, 300 Market Street, Lemoyne, PA. Since 2015, these pantries have helped 450 families. Our efforts have captured the attention of ABC27 News, which has twice featured our efforts.
Lost To Addiction Grief Support Meetings
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.
Regular Town Halls are organized and hosted by NCDAF, and provide recovery speakers, from all professions and experiential backgrounds, to spread education and awareness to attendees regarding recovery related issues. The sessions include an open Q and A, during which attendees are presented the opportunity to ask questions, pose problems, and secure immediate assistance.
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 directed knowledge and training.
NCDAF scholarships treatment when requested by The Rase Project, which provides safe and secure therapeutic recovery housing for women in early recovery. Per established protocol, The Rase Project identifies individuals in need of treatment but without medical coverage nor the financial means otherwise to secure treatment, and makes contact with NCDAF. To date, NCDAF has funded the treatment of 31 individuals who would not otherwise have received treatment. In 2015, NCDAF donated $18,000.00 to The Rase Project for scholarships and for facility repairs. SInce that time, NCDAF funded facility upgrades for the Carlisle House, and stands ready to act when the need presents itself.
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. 2017 marks the third 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 2015, approximately 100 families were in attendance.
Between November, 2014, and December 2016, 2000 overdoses were reversed through the use of Narcan in Pennsylvania. NCDAF buys Narcan in bulk and puts it in the hands of those whose budgets or circumstances do not provide for Narcan, like nurses offices in area schools, and community medical clinics, and to family, friends and loved ones of individuals in active addiction. NCDAF distributed 25 kits in 2016. Each kit has a shelf life of two years.
NCDAF Founder, John Cribari, has repeatedly met with Governor Wolf, and has appeared in three of Governor Wolf’s PSA’s regarding the opioid crisis. John also 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 Dauphin County. This position allows John to identify issues important to the recovery community, such as one of immediate concern, the continuing shortage of grief counseling services in Central PA. 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.