Faith Community Collaborative





The vision of the Faith Community Collaborative (FCC) is to engage faith communities that are working to eliminate overdoses in collaborative thinking, problem solving, capacity building, and knowledge sharing that bolsters and adds value to overdose reduction coalition/task force activities in the counties we serve.







1 About the FCC
2 Leadership
3 Membership
4 FCC Resources
1 About the FCC

The Faith Community Collaborative (FCC) is a working group with the Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center. In recognizing that religious institutions serve as rallying centers for addressing issues in many communities, the FCC plans to convene faith and coalition leaders to aid in strengthening engagement in support of efforts to eliminate overdoses. 


The FCC is a Pennsylvania statewide coalition that meets bimonthly to discuss successes and best practices in faith community engagement and brainstorm solutions to challenges. Members are also connected on a group listserv for additional information sharing.  


PERU expects that FCC participation will increase the presence of faith organizations in county coalitions, promote long-term retention of these partnerships, add value and support to coalition activities, and improve faith members’ feelings of positive contribution within the coalition.  



2 Leadership

The Faith Community Collaborative is co-led by Kiandra Foster and Karley Snyder, Program Implementation Specialists with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Program Evaluation and Research Unit (Pitt PERU).  

3 Membership

You can find out more about the FCC and receive emails about upcoming meetings by joining our email list at the link below.

Join the FCC Email List

4 FCC Resources

Faith-Based Overdose Prevention Toolkit

This toolkit is intended for faith-based organizations (FBO) and similar places of worship to expand and strengthen their roles within the community to prevent drug overdoses, reduce harm from drug use and SUD, and establish pathways to identify and treat addiction and mental health issues.


FBO can help prevent overdoses by educating community members, connecting them with healthcare and treatment providers and community support systems, and providing life-saving tools, such as naloxone (also known as Narcan). FBO and faith leaders already work to cultivate strong communities, provide spiritual support and guidance for individuals in need, and create space for other community programs aligned with their mission.


The programs and strategies described in this toolkit are a natural extension of this important work.


Click Here to View/Download the Toolkit
Click Here to Provide Feedback on the Toolkit

Recovering Hope Faith Summit


Download Slides for Part One Here


Download Slides for Part Two Here




Current Faith Community Collaborative Membership

CountyNameOrganizationWebsiteContact Email
AdamsValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
AlleghenyLance RhoadesTree of Life Open Bible Church / South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalitionwww.godlovesbrookline.com
BerksValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
CambriaRonna YablonskiCambria County Drug Coalitionwww.cambriacountydrugcoalition.org
CambriaRev. Alice TondoraFirst Presbyterian Church / Cambria County Drug Coalition1stpresjohnstown.org
CambriaNatalie KauffmanCambria County Drug Coalitionwww.cambriacountydrugcoalition.org
CarbonLindsay SimmonsCarbon Monroe Pike Drug & Alcohol Commissionwww.cmpda.cog.pa.us
ClarionCharleen CasherCenClearwww.cenclear.org
ClarionMatt SitoskyCenClearwww.cenclear.org
ClarionJennifer HurrelbrinkSAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyonewww.stopabuseforeveryone.org
ClarionChelsea EllsworthPA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
ClarionJamie HesdonHope Rising Community Churchhoperisingcc.comhesdons4him@gmail.com
ClarionTrent KirklandZion Churchwww.zionlife.com
ClarionJill NortheyArmstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commissionwww.aidac.orgjnorthey@aicdac.org
ClarionMegan McNanyArmstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commissionwww.aidac.org
ClarionPaula Di GregoryNicotine Recovery & Prevention
ClarionAmanda MillirenWhite Deer Run Treatment Networkwww.whitedeerrun.comAmanda.milliren@whitedeerrun.com
CrawfordPaula Di GregoryNicotine Recovery & Prevention
CumberlandValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
DauphinCatharine KilgoreDauphin County District Attorney's Office
DauphinKristin VarnerDauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol
DauphinValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
FayetteErica UsherFayette County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.www.fcdaa.org
FranklinValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
FultonValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
FultonTheresa BrickerReNewing Hope Ministries, Increnewinghopeministries.org
GreeneTracie SypinGreene County Drug & Alcohol Programwww.co.greene.pa.us/department-drug-and-alcohol-program
GreeneJohn FoxGreene County Drug & Alcohol Programwww.co.greene.pa.us/department-drug-and-alcohol-program
HuntingdonChristy SteidleMainstream Counseling
LancasterValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
LebanonValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
MercerAmanda MillirenWhite Deer Run Treatment Networkwww.whitedeerrun.comAmanda.milliren@whitedeerrun.com
MercerTracy AuellMercer County Behavioral Health Commissionwww.mercercountybhc.org
MercerBen ZimmerLife Center, Bethel Life Worship Centerhttps://blwc.org/life-center/
MercerRev. B.J. PleasantOne Kingdom Ministries, Inc.www.1kingdomministries.orginfo@1kingdomminsitries.org; bj.pleasant@yahoo.com
MercerJosh McClureRegion Business Development Director
MercerKenneth WilsonCommunity Arts Experience (C.A.E.)www.caeww.comStarkinfo@caeww.com; k.wilson@caeww.com
MonroeKen GustafsonMonroe County Opiate Task ForceJdrake@cmpda.cog.pa.us
MonroeAmanda GonzalezCelebrate Recovery, Stroudsburg Wesleyan Churchwww.stroudsburgwesleyan.org
NorthumberlandChad WolfeRural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Demonstration Project
PerryValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
SnyderDr. Perry MeadowsGeisingerwww.geisinger.org
UnionDr. Perry MeadowsGeisingerwww.geisinger.org
VenangoPaula Di GregoryNicotine Recovery & Prevention
YorkValerie McNichollPennsylvania Counseling Serviceswww.pacounseling.com
YorkBrittany ShutzYork Opioid Collaborative
YorkPastor Bob TomeGenesis Yorkhttps://genesisyork.com/
YorkBetty KrederStewartstown Presbyterian Churchsites.google.com/site/stewartstownpresbyterianchurch/homebettykreder@aol.com; StPresby@verizon.net
YorkElvin ColonWhite Deer Run Treatment Networkwww.whitedeerrun.com
YorkHeather MuhlNext Step (Parkhill Church of God in West Freedom)
YorkDeb PetersonCelebrate Recoverywww.celebraterecovery.com
YorkAva WilsonCommunity Arts Experience (C.A.E.)www.caeww.com

Our Partners

Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society
Pennsylvania Dental Association
DEA 360 Strategy
Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association
Pennsylvania Medical Society