Our Coalition

Our Vision

To create a safe and healthy community, one without the negative effects of substance abuse, particularly amongst our youth.

 

Our Mission

The mission of New Hope-Solebury Cares is to empower our community to make a meaningful and sustainable difference towards reducing youth substance abuse through education, collaboration and environmental change.

Coalition Staff

Project Director: Andrea delaFlor, adelaflor@nhscares.org

 Project Coordinator: Joanne Reszka, jreszka@nhscares.org

Youth Leadership Director: Zachary Mahon, zmahon@nhscares.org

Youth Leadership Coordinator:  Tyler Ramsin, tramsin@nhscares.org

 

Board Members

President:  Chuck Wilson

Vice-President: Det. Jonathan Koretzky, Solebury Township

Treasurer: Pamela Milcarek, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

 

Sector Leaders

NHS Cares has community wide involvement to reduce youth substance abuse from the following community sectors and their leaders:

 

Law Enforcement                   Chief Dominick Bellizzie, Solebury Township Police Department

Business                                  Denise Marshall, Owner, Blue Skies Above WebCenters

Parent                                      John Warren, New Hope-Solebury parent

Youth Serving

School                                     Dr. Steven Yanni, Superintendent, New Hope-Solebury School District

Media                                      Bridget Wingert, Editor, Bucks County Herald

Youth                                      Katie Warren, New Hope-Solebury High School Student

State/Local Government         Diane Rosati, Executive Director, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.

Healthcare Professionals        Dore Wong, Pharmacist, Giant Food Stores

Religious Organizations:         Rev. Richard (Rick) Lee Vinson, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury

Substance Abuse Organizations         Melissa Groden, Program Manager, Student Assistance Program, Council of Southeast PA

Civic/Volunteer Organization             Matt Taylor, Chief, New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company

 

Coalition meetings are held every month.  The 2017-18 schedule will be posted in August 2017.

Our History

NHS Cares, a nonprofit based in the New Hope – Solebury community, began in March, 2008, as a group

of parents, youth, teachers, administrators, clergy, law enforcement, and community members who

were concerned that students were using and, in some cases abusing, alcohol and other drugs.  Based upon these

observations, it was determined that a strong and unified community response was necessary.

Some 8 years later, the organization is still going strong, focused on reducing underage drinking and substance use

amongst the community’s youth.

 

In the fall of 2015, NHS Cares received a federal grant to help sustain this very important work, potentially for the next

10 years. Known as the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, the grant operates under the following

premise: local problems require local solutions. The federal government looks to local organizations, such as NHS

Cares, to determine the unique local problems and the solutions that go along with them. The goals are twofold: to

strengthen collaboration among community entities and reduce substance use among youth.  In February 2017, NHS Cares celebrated

their graduation from CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a three week training on the Strategic Prevention Framework, along with

190 coalitions from around the USA at the CADCA Forum in National Harbor, MD.

 

The approach is multi-pronged: community education, community collaboration, and environmental

change. Our coalition is working to increase protective factors that mitigate risks for our young people.  According to

current national data, rates of substance abuse have declined significantly in DFC grant communities.

 

All DFC community coalitions have one thing in common: the involvement of just about everyone in

the community, as it truly does “take a village.” We need your ideas and energy as we strive to

educate our parents and youth, establish healthy community norms, and create policies and practices

that will help us maintain a safe and healthy environment for our children.

 

The DFC Program is a collaborative effort between the Executive Office of the President’s ONDCP (Office of National

Drug Control Policy) and Department of Health and Human Services’ SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Services Administration).