The Church Alliance for
Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention
The primary mission of the Church Alliance for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention is to help reduce the negative effects of alcohol, other drugs and violence in Toledo Ohio’s central city and in communities throughout Lucas County.
The purpose of the Church Alliance for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention is to promote a healthy and holistic way of life that includes the mind, body and spirit for families and individuals.
The Church Alliance consists of 35 African American churches in Toledo Ohio.
The Church Alliance receives ongoing, updates regarding drug use trends and warnings in Lucas County.
The Church Alliance members receive a brochure rack, brochures, Bible book marks, a framed membership certificate, and other items that can be distributed to congregation members.
The Church Alliance offers information and trainings to congregation members to provide assistance geared to help youth and adult church sponsored activities prevent substance abuse, violence and problems related to these issues.
The Church Alliance participates and assists in the implementation of a collaborative city-wide education and awareness campaign targeting substance abuse and violence.
The Church Alliance members receive all of the information, literature, trainings and distributable materials free of cost.
The Church Alliance for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention is an evidence-based, prevention initiative designed to form a collaborative effort among community churches to help prevent substance and violence-among youth and young adults that are at risk for substance abuse, opiate addiction, prostitution, problem gambling, hustling lifestyles and other types of criminal involvement. The program is designed to help youth and young adults from falling prey, or becoming addicted to negative street lifestyles. Reduce their unhealthy lifestyle risks by acquiring legal and healthy lifestyle habits to acquire and sustaining drug-free lifestyles and parental responsibility. It is intended that the customers who complete the program will have an increased perception of the harm caused by substance use, abuse, prostitution, opiate addiction and problem gambling in order to help them overcome life entrapping issues of substance abuse, poverty, poor health and the loss of parental custody. The program provides early intervention services to individuals that are considered to be among those at the highest levels of risk for substance abuse and “street hustling lifestyles”.
The program serves individuals that are living in ways that can result in a life-cycle of generational poverty due to a lack of self-awareness, self-esteem and a means of self-sufficiency. The program curriculum includes educational materials that addresses lifestyle issues dealing with substance abuse including opioid addiction, problem gambling, parental failure, unemployment, poverty, violence, and criminal involvement. The program helps participants to understand the obstacles and life habits one has to overcome in order to acquire and maintain healthy lifestyles. The program offers services geared to help improve social competencies in order strengthen abilities to resist alcohol, opiates and another drug use. The program enhances positive family communication, bonding with children, healthy nutrition, and the development of healthy lifestyle habits.
The program motivates program participants to earn a GED, complete high school and acquire gainful employment to reduce alcohol and other drug risk factors. The program also provides health education that addresses the avoidance of obesity by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. It is also intended that the participants will acquire healthy lifestyle skills that will enable them to sharpen their skills for job interviews and acquire knowledge of how to retain jobs while attending school, managing their family budgets, caring for their children and maintaining a sober lifestyle. The program services include treatment referrals, relapse prevention education, domestic violence and positive partner education, healthy meals preparation, transportation, food and clothing referrals; and social skills training. The hours of operation are 8:30am to 8pm, Monday- Friday.
Needs and Characteristics of
the Population Served
The clients that are served demonstrate a need for cognitive behavioral education initiatives designed to help African American youth and young adults that are at risk for substance abuse, opiate addiction, prostitution, problem gambling, hustling lifestyles and other types of criminal involvement. The program is designed to help youth reduce their unhealthy lifestyle risks by maintaining legal and healthy lifestyle habits to acquire and sustain drug-free lifestyles. The program offers education and early intervention for youth and young adults to gain increased knowledge and understanding of the consequences of drug addiction and its’ self-defeating and destructive behaviors.
To provide services to help youth and young adults maintain a life free from drug addiction by helping them to increase their perception of harm related to substance use and abuse.
Scope of Services
Provides early intervention services for adults that are comprehensive in scope and include a combination of:
Problem Identification and Referral