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Air Force mechanic. 14-year-old girl. Retired professor. Pastor. Attorney. Former Lieutenant Governor. Airline Pilot. Radio personality. Public health administrator. Major league baseball player. Public school educator. Graphic designer.

These and many others are the people affected by substance use disorder, either in active addiction or as family members struggling to survive the emotions that their loved one’s addiction or death causes.

Support is our strength because addiction doesn’t take a break.

This 6-minute video could change the way you think and feel

This is why we do what we do 


"We went to our last FOA meeting tonight for a while as our move to North Carolina is coming up fast! I wanted to take a moment to tell our FOA family how beneficial they have been to us as we maneuvered Cassie’s active addiction and now her recovery. One thing I realized is that I utilized this resource later in the game then I should have. It was one of the best things I did for my own recovery as we know families need to recover too. FOA gave Cassie and I an opportunity to hear each other’s stories which gave us both a better understanding of what the other had been through during the last few years. As we start our new journey we will take the knowledge we gained and share it with others as we continue to grow. Much love to you all at FOA and don’t ever stop what you're doing"

Angie, FOA member who moved out of state


FOA is expanding its programming with a new facility in 2020


Would you consider giving a special end gift to FOA Families of Addicts?

We have some significant needs going into 2020 that include acquiring our own space located at 2122 Jergens Road in Dayton Ohio. FOA holds its weekly support workshops in addition to developing and implementing new programs at the new location. Please view our impact below to see how you can make a difference.  


Initial programs include:

  • Children’s program with the intention of providing a break to grandparents raising grandchildren or parents that wish to attend a recovery meeting. 

  • LIFE program: providing additional resources and personal development for the individual that has exited the traditional treatment program.  


Your dollars save lives and we need your partnership in this important work!

Thank you for giving so generously!


You can donate here or mail a check to 425 N. Findlay St., Dayton, OH 45404

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  • Served over 450 new families, friends and individuals at FOA weekly meetings in four counties

  • Supported over 400 people via telephone, email and text providing guidance and resources

  • Attended over 60 outreach and speaking events to create awareness and reduce stigma

  • The FOA Birthday Blessings Hardship Fund helped 11 members facing a financial barrier totaling $3,608

  • Held our 6th Annual FOA Rally 4 Recovery on August 25 – over 3,000 attended with 72 resources on hand at 64 tables

  • Partnered with Project Dawn/Samaritan to distribute Narcan kits every first Wednesday of the month from the Dayton FOA site 

  • Provided JFS On the Move quarterly during weekly meetings at the Dayton FOA site 

  • Over 11,000 hours were dedicated by 198 FOA volunteers

  • 14 Media references and appearances in 2019 to create public awareness, education and hope

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  • Held our first ever Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 12, 2019

  • Received five awards 

  • Guidestar Gold Level Seal of Transparency

  • Networked with over 30 community partners

  • Continued to partner with Public Health Montgomery County to implement the Fentanyl Test Strip Program

  • Executive Director, Anita Kitchen, completed her first year of service

  • Completed an AmeriCorps VISTA part-time employee opportunity

  • Served a total of over 28,500 families, friends and individuals since the first meeting on November 6, 2013

  • Completed Advanced Parent Coaching Training, Partnership for drug-free kids

  • Created a 2018 Annual Report 

  • Created the Professional Advisory Group to help direct and guide FOA


Various 2019 Outreach and Speaking Events by FOA members and Volunteers

  • University of Dayton Osher Moderator for Lifelong Learning Institute 

  • Sidney High School

  • Northmont High School 

  • Beavercreek High School (outreach)

  • Springboro High School (outreach)

  • Wright State University (panel in front of education students)

  • Spoke before University of Dayton students (education majors)

  • School Nurse Conference (outreach)

  • Woodhaven Treatment Center (outreach)

  • Beavercreek High School Health and Safety Fair (outreach)

  • Resource and career fair at Thurgood Marshall High School (outreach)

  • St. Charles Parish – informal presentation and discussion on addiction

  • Anderson Funeral Home (presentation)

  • GROW Team (outreach)

  • Promise to Hope at Miami Valley Hospital (presentation)

  • Restoration Reentry Event 

  • Chaplains Association of Ohio Annual Conference - All day FOA programming including a panel Q&A

  • Mental Health Community Resource Fair at UD (outreach)

  • Miami Valley Young Marines

  • Conversations for Change 

  • Kick in’ it for Luke (outreach)

  • Drug Impact Panel - Montgomery County Probation

  • Montgomery County Healthcare Collaboration

  • BrightView Open House

  • NOVA Outreach Education for visiting families twice a month 

  • Testimony at Celebrate Recovery 

  • Conversation for Change - including Fentanyl Test Strip Training and distribution

  • Learnapalooza 2019 Presenter - Kettering Health Network 

  • Certified Course Manager seminar (presenter) at Brigid's Path

  • RAMCO Metropark events  

  • Speak at Dayton Recovers Board Meeting

  • WHIO Ron Rollin Radio Show 

  • Family and Youth Initiatives Safety Day 

  • Race For Recovery (Outreach)

  • Gem City Advanced Running events 

  • Dayton 247 Now Town Panel (Panel member)

  • Catholic Schools for Magnified Giving (several presentations to students) 

2019 Awards for FOA and members and volunteers

  • Community Service Award - the Grand Master of Masons in Ohio - Second Masonic District 3/16/19

  • Wright State University Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Award - 4/11/2019

  • Delvin M. Harshaw Advocate of The Year - Exceptional People Award -
    Brad and Melanie Silvus, FOA Springfield 11/6/19

  • The Mayor's Award 11/19/19

  • The Addiction Policy Forum Innovation NOW Award 10/30/19 (See #14)


There are many ways you can help our families 



Did you know your purchases can make a difference? 

AmazonSmile donates to FOA Foundation (FOA Families of Addicts) when you do your holiday and everyday shopping. 

Enroll and bookmark THIS LINK so all your eligible shopping will benefit FOA Foundation. 


Kroger Community Rewards   (Instructions)

Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards. Kroger Community Rewards makes fundraising easy! All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Additional information on how to enroll


Donate to Employee Giving Programs

Inquire if your employer participates in a giving program or search online for ‘dayton ohio employee giving programs’ to see if there is a good fit for you. 


Volunteer for FOA 

Fill out our Volunteer Profile Form

If you have any questions, please contact Anita Kitchen at or 937-823-0639


Donate to the FOA wish list for: (Download wish list - see page 2 of the pdf) 

  1. Weekly support workshops

  2. FOA move to Jergen’s Street in March of 2020

  3. Support the FOA Annual Rally

How you can help 


Media References in 2019

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Volunteer Appreciation Banquet
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