For more information:

Lori Erion 

Founder and Executive Director


937-307-5479

info@FOAfamilies.org

Checks can be mailed to:

FOA Foundation

425 N. Findlay St.

Dayton, OH 45404

 

FOA is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Please contact us if you need additional information.

In Memory of

  1. Travis Hampshire

  2. Michael and Jimmy

  3. Daniel Weidle

In Honor of

  1. My daughter in recovery 

  2. my recovering daughter, Ashley

  3. Those fighting the good fight toward recovery!

2016 has been a year of growth ...

 

On average, 129 people are dying every day in our country from drug overdose. Montgomery County, Ohio is losing over one person per day and Dayton is considered to be the worst metro city in the country for this opioid epidemic.

 

These numbers do not include all the people who have overdosed and survived or the family who suffers too. They are sons, daughters, moms, dads, siblings and friends.  About 40,000 people in our county alone are dependent or abusing illicit drugs or alcohol and are NOT receiving the treatment they need (SAMHSA, Montgomery County ADAMHS Board). When you add in family and friends, the number who need support and answers is easily estimated at over 150,000.

 

That is why FOA Families of Addicts was founded three years ago by Lori Erion. She discovered her own daughter April, was one of those struggling with heroin addiction. Information, support and resources to navigate this nightmare were too hard to find and Lori felt there had to be a better way.

 

FOA has gone from 6 people and a pack of Twizzlers at our first support meeting, to serving over 120 individuals, families, and friends weekly in four area counties. We have made outstanding progress in supporting the entire family and eliminating the stigma associated with substance use disorder. 1,500 people attended our 3rd annual Courthouse Square Rally in August. 97% of our Dayton support meeting attendees say that FOA has given them more hope, focus, and productivity. 

 

... because we need to

 

The need is here, and in order to reach more families, our programs currently require passionate, dedicated staff and resources. To sustain our current success and make a greater impact, we need to move beyond the all-volunteer organization that FOA has been.

 

We have expanded our vision and strategy. Prospective counties and volunteers are excited about it, because our communities and families deserve a fresh approach. To meet the growing demand, we are:

 

  • Adding more programs to support families and children affected by this crisis

  • Perfecting our navigation services, building on peer support programs and aftercare options

  • Increasing community and provider collaboration

  • Growing our capacity and base through new FOA site locations

  • Building on our collective knowledge to better serve our communities in need

 

We are asking our beloved FOA community and followers for
financial support to help our growing team achieve our vision.

 

Will you help us continue to work for this very important cause?

 

FOA Families of Addicts is committed to embracing families, friends and
individuals struggling with addiction in order to promote recovery, provide support
and encourage advocacy.
 

To see how FOA is rebuilding families and transforming lives, keep scrolling. 

 

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  1. Donate securely on this web page

  2. Comment on any FOA facebook post #donate $ (any amt) or use the donate tab on the page

  3. Mail a check made out to FOA Foundation to: 
    FOA Foundation
    425 N. Findlay Street
    Dayton, OH 45404

  4. FOA is a 501c3 nonporfit organization

FOA Families of Addicts is a nonprofit organization founded in Dayton, Ohio whose purpose is to rebuild families and transform lives through support, friendship and education and is working to:
  • Eliminate the stigma of addiction
  • Connect individuals to available resources
  • Develop a passionate recovery community
 

There is a reason FOA is receiving inquiries about our methods from all over the country.

There is a reason FOA is sought after regularly for speaking and guest panel opportunities. 

What we are doing is working! 

 

Benefits of FOA Services

  • Reduce stigma

  • Restore hope and family harmony

  • Decrease recidivism (relapse)

  • Decrease likelihood of social service costs

  • Increase likelihood of enrollment, employment, stable housing, stronger families

What Victoria has to say about FOA Families of Addicts

What Chiris, a person in long-term recovery, has to say about FOA Families of Addicts

What Victoria has to say about FOA Families of Addicts

What Tara has to say about FOA Families of Addicts

What Mark, a person in long-term recovery, has to say about FOA Families of Addicts

What Sherry, a family member, has to say about FOA Families of Addicts

The 2nd Annual FOA Rally 4 Recovery

FOA Families of Addicts overview video

FOA Families of Addicts Live United video and why we need a Recovery Community Center

our numbers tell the story

 

FOA celebrates giving. There is no better time of year to step back and appreciate all that goes into making Ohio a safe, healthy place to live. FOA will be reaching new heights in 2017 and we need your support!

 

Thank you so much for your generous donations, words of encouragement, and countless volunteer hours!

 

Since those early days in a church basement only three years ago, FOA continues to grow as a leader in the community:

  • Attended over 50 community events, several included speaking or panel participation

  • FOA’s robust Facebook presence has grown by 85% with over 6,000 individuals engaged.

  • We now have weekly meetings in four counties with several more interested in bring FOA to their community

  • Weekly meetings in the region have increased in attendance by 187%
    (over 6000 in total attendance since inception in late 2013)

  • Three successful rallies with attendance increase of over 200% from 2015

  • At FOA’s 3rd Annual Rally for Recovery at Courthouse Square, 50+ community partners were present as a resource to those afflicted with addiction. Over 1,500 people attended reflecting a 200% increase over 2014.

  • Hosted the movie "Generation Found" featuring a call to action to start recovery high schools 

  • Hosted four Narcan trainings with a total of 274 individuals trained and armed with their own Project Dawn kit

  • Over 20,000 brochures have been distributed in the Miami Valley

  • FOA serves more than 150 people each week with programming consisting of meetings, one-on-one support. and our Grow2Live peer support initiative

 

Community Support

  • 10-15 outreach events per month

  • 120+ in greater Dayton served via weekly support meetings

  • 680+ unique clients served

  • 97% “have more hope, focus and productivity with FOA”

  • 10-30 receive weekly navigation and phone support services

  • 274 trained in Narcan administration

  • 100+ volunteers for all activity

 

Rally Stats

  • Made history with rally banners lining Main Street in Dayton, OH

  • 50 resources available

  • Over 1,500 attendees

  • 28 corporate sponsors totaling over $15,000

  • 9 in kind sponsors

  • 44 individual sponsors

  • $2,200

  • Raffle worth $2998

  • Over 95 volunteers

 

Moving into 2017 

  • Expand meeting locations

  • Develop a passion building program

  • Develop a tandem weekly meeting mentoring program for elementary through high school

  • Locate a facility to house FOA programs and meetings

  • Market our Grow2Live peer support initiative in order to provide services to all

  • Develop family and children peer programs

  • Create a 24-hour hot-line with trained peer responders

  • Hire Regional Meeting Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Program Director positions

We are asking our beloved FOA community and followers for financial support to help our growing team achieve our vision.

 

Will you help us continue to work for this very important cause?

For more information:

Lori Erion 

Founder and Executive Director


937-307-5479

info@FOAfamilies.org

Checks can be mailed to:

FOA Foundation

425 N. Findlay St.

Dayton, OH 45404

 

FOA is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Please contact us if you need additional information.

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