Meet Some of Our Parents
Since 2012, Pam and Bill have been preparing a series of Parent Support Group manuals – including personal experiences by dozens of Parent Group members and their therapists – as resources for parents and other family members to gain a better understanding of the disease of addiction, how it impacts the whole family, and how behavioral changes associated with “parental recovery” translate to giving their kids a better chance at recovery.
>> Read the manuals here.
The Main Line Parent Group meets every Wednesday at 7 pm. >> Click here for details.
The Philadelphia Parent Group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7 pm at Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Today, however, with her daughter in long-term recovery and her family continuing to heal from the events that put them in crisis mode, Donna has become an inspiration and support system for many in the Lehigh Valley.
For Donna, weaving her advocacy work into her daily life is her new norm. The busy mother of three and grandmother to one is the managing director of a full-service travel agency with offices in Nashville and the Lehigh Valley who finds time to run the thriving business and care for her family amidst the other myriad responsibilities and activities she’s passionate about.
Donna and her daughter tell their story in H.O.P.E. ( Heroin Opioid Prevention Education ), the cornerstone tool of a program developed to respond to the growing concern around the region’s heroin and opioid epidemic. In an effort to create awareness among the community, teachers, administrators and parents, Donna continues to make regular appearances at H.O.P.E. presentations throughout the area to advocate and answer questions related to her experience.
Creating awareness and helping people via social media, in group and individual support situations as well as working with the Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board is an important focus for Donna, whose determination and strength is found in her children and grandchild, her husband of 37 years, her friends and her faith community at Faith Church of Allentown.
The Lehigh Valley Parent Group meets every Thursday, 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18104
Lauren believes that much of her strength comes from involvement in recovery programs as well as in helping other parents build a program of recovery to find peace and serenity in their own lives. Lauren earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in adolescent health care. She has worked with adolescents and their families throughout her career in hospital setting, child protection, judicial system, special education and social service development in NJ.
The Northern New Jersey Parent Group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 pm. 14 Hope Street, The Holmstead School, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Lori and her husband Ed have been going to parent support groups for the past 6 years. They have 2 children. Their 24-year-old son became involved with drugs at a very young age and has been in and out of treatment centers for the last 6 years. He continues to keep trying and Ed and Lori continue to be hopeful that one day he will be in long-term recovery. Parent groups literally saved their marriage and they are both committed to helping others on this very difficult, heartbreaking journey. Through our roller coaster of emotions and heartbreaks receiving other parents support and our helping others has made this journey not only bearable but actually has enriched our lives with so many very dear new friends.
Lori began a program uniting moms of addicts with the women of Interim House, a residential treatment program for women in Philadelphia. Lori and the moms provide dinner once or twice a month while sharing their stories, love and gratitude. A magical healing for the moms and the women happens on these very special evenings. It is what Lori is most proud of in her life – seeing suffering, often hopeless moms love and offer support to women battling addiction who are so courageous.
The Plymouth Meeting Parent Newcomers Group meets every Thursday, 7 pm at Interchange Corporate Center, 450 Plymouth Meeting Road, Suite 301, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
As a 1993 alumni of Caron, Dave knew where to turn when his oldest son showed signs of having an addiction. After the Caron Family Education Program, Dave and Marti began attending the West Chester Caron Parent Support Group. They found that the experience, strength and hope of the group helped them navigate their way during difficult times. Here they not only received support, they were provided with important resources and information that got them started on their own recovery. With the help of Gordon Woodrow, they started a Newcomers group in West Chester where time is given for each person to speak and ask questions every week. Their goal is to pass along the foundation of recovery that was so freely given to them. Dave, Marti and both of their young adult sons are living in long term recovery today.
The West Chester Parent Newcomers Group meets every Monday, 7 pm at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, PA 19382
Kim is honored to serve on the Regional Advisory Board and National Alumni Leadership Council of Caron Treatment Center. She is also the recipient of Caron’s “Brian Early Community Leadership Award.” Having worked independently for more than 25 years as a graphic designer and marketer, today Kim is a Certified Recovery Specialist and is happy to put all her creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation and the many other opportunities to help families find recovery.
Kim has lived in Horsham, PA since 1995, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
The Hatboro Parent Group meets every Thursday at 7 pm. >> Click here for details.
Blessed with broad life experiences that range from Rocky Mountain wilderness exploration and field geology, East Coast competitive sports (field hockey, whitewater racing and tennis), and environmental business management in both areas, she is still finding ways to live life to its fullest.
In addition to coordinating a parent support group in Montgomery County, Gail owns and operates Synergy Houses, a business dedicated to providing quality residential recovery opportunities to young men and women. Her background in business, project management, risk assessment, and recovery are helpful in bringing that mission to reality.
The Limerick Parent Group meets every Wednesday, 7 pm at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 10 West Cherry Lane, Limerick, PA 19468
“I’ve been successful working closely with mental health professionals by referral to augment the services they provide to their clients.”
Life changed for Carol and Bob when addiction surfaced in their family in 2006, with their 16 year old son. As his struggle with addiction and co-occurring disorders grew, chaos and strife began to quickly envelop and strain the entire family. However, that all began to change the day Carol and Bob drove 40 miles and arrived at their first Caron Parent Support Group meeting in 2009. Through attending weekly meetings, and gaining wisdom from other parents who ‘have been there’ and learning the parental behaviors that needed to change, they began to take back control of their lives. Today, Carol and Bob are in long term ‘parent recovery’.
In 2011, with gratitude for their new found ‘recovery’, they saw the need for similar support in their local community. Choosing to pay it forward, they have helped establish two Caron Parent Support Groups in Allentown, PA, and a third group in Easton, PA.
Each week they meet to help other struggling parents find strength, hope, and support. In addition, to further shed the light on the benefits of group parent support in the family recovery process, they actively network with local service providers, and therapist throughout their community.
The Allentown Sunday Parent Group meets weekly at 6:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 Tilghman St. (Room 120) Allentown, PA 18104
The Easton Parent Group meets every Monday, 7 PM at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 3900 Freemansburg Ave, Easton, PA 18045