families of addicts
FOA makes families better.
To educate, empower and embrace families, friends and individuals struggling with addiction by providing support and promoting recovery.
Become the model organization, empowering individuals and families along the continuum of addiction and recovery.
WHAT WE DO
Families of Addicts (FOA) is a non-profit organization in Dayton, Ohio that educates, empowers and embraces families, friends and individuals struggling with addiction to rebuild families and transform lives.
As we say goodbye to this year and move forward toward 2019, we would like to thank our donors, sponsors and volunteers for allowing FOA to serve our families and communities for the last four years. In 2018, we supported a total of over 7,000 families, friends and individuals touched by addiction in our weekly meetings alone, however, our work did not stop there.
"FOA changed my life and my families' lives at the time when I was using (opiates). It was the one thing I looked forward to doing with my mother and for myself that was positive. It helped our relationship and helped me understand her, and her understand me. FOA helped me in so many ways and never gave up on me when I was struggling in active addiction. Now I can say I am in recovery and owe a portion of it to FOA."
Kevin, Individual in recovery
Served over 700 new families, friends and individuals at FOA weekly meetings in five counties
Supported over 400 people via telephone, email and text providing guidance and resources
The FOA Birthday Blessings Hardship Fund helped 19 members facing a financial barrier totaling $4,763
Held our 5th Annual FOA Rally 4 Recovery on August 26 – over 3,000 attended with 62 resources on hand
FOA has a significant overall positive impact on over 40% of the people attending weekly meetings
77% of our attending members report that FOA has significantly improved their performance in the workplace
Over 50% of people attending FOA report that it took ONE meeting to feel relief
Over 70% of families report they have better communication with their affected loved one after attending FOA regularly
Distributed 124 Narcan kits from the Dayton FOA site, and another 122 between our other four FOA sites
Over 12,000 hours were dedicated by 234 FOA volunteers
25 local media appearances to create public awareness, education and hope
2 national media appearances where FOA was stated as making progress and being part of the solution to decreasing the overall 2018 overdose numbers
Received Business of the Year award from South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce
Board member Sandy Woodruff received the Gussie Jones Civic Award from the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce
Founder Lori Erion was named Architect of the Week from Maria Shiver Media
Guidestar Gold Level Seal of Transparency
Networked with over 30 community partners
Started a new FOA site in Van Wert, Ohio
Attended over 60 community outreach events with volunteers and materials
Partnered with Public Health Montgomery County to develop and implement a Fentanyl Test Strip Pilot Program
Acquired three software programs to aid in scheduling, automation and communication
Hired Executive Director, Anita Kitchen
Employed an AmeriCorps VISTA part time employee
Served a total of over 20,000 families, friends and individuals since the first meeting on November 6, 2013
Completed three trainings: Facebook Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Conflict Resolution
Our plans to help more families
Our families need your support.
Most families come to us broken in search of peace and solutions.
Families report that after only one visit to an FOA weekly meeting, they feel relief.
All charitable contributions are used to continue delivering our mission and achieving our vision. In 2019, we plan to develop three additional programs:
FOA Navigator Network
Warm line manned by volunteers to provide support and resources to those that reach out to FOA including follow-up and outcomes
Employer Education and Connection
Companywide lunch and learns and employee opportunities to receive one-on-one support at the employer location by the FOA Navigator Network team
Develop framework for FOA expansion
to other Ohio counties
Guidestar FOA Rating
5th Annual Rally 4 Recovery Official Video
Dayton Daily News Highlights FOA
Dayton Mayor's Report (includes FOA) - Center for American Progress
NBC Nightly News – Signs of Progress
WYSO Recovery Stories Feature FOA members
New York Times article includes FOA as a factor in contributing to the sharp drop in mortality
Checks can be mailed to:
425 N. Findlay St.
Dayton, OH 45404
FOA is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Please contact us if you need additional information.