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Friends of the Manor, Inc.'s Fundraiser:

An Evening of Hope

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At Friends of the Manor we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for young men battling the disease of addiction. 

Friends of the Manor was established by Steven Killelea, a business entrepreneur, in 2016. We are located in Phoenixville, PA. Steve conceived of this endeavor through his personal experience. His son, John, was addicted to drugs and alcohol for over 10 years. John entered countless rehabilitation programs in the U.S. only to later relapse. During this decade long ordeal, Steve learned many things, but the most important thing was that current recovery programs just do not work. Most of the programs do pretty much the same thing. They are designed for people running these programs to make a great deal of money while never really dealing with the most important aspects of long term recovery. The programs are too short in length and do not adequately deal with the family unit. Steve is committed to creating a world class facility that will change current views on what effective recovery programs look like in the U.S. 

Manor of Hope, whose young men benefit from contributions made to Friends of the Manor, was founded in 2016 to address the epidemic of substance abuse and to provide an alternative outlet to traditional substance abuse rehabilitation programs. Manor of Hope is a small, therapeutic community that offers post-detoxification services to young men ages 21 to 34 who are committed to their long-term recovery. During this 18 month program, Manor of Hope staff deploys an approach that imparts comprehensive life skills and addresses every aspect of physical and mental well-being. To achieve this, Manor of Hope integrates therapy, educational and vocational planning and placement, some of the principles of AA, physical fitness and preparation for life outside the Manor of Hope community. Each phase of the program builds on the clinical treatment, learning and progress made in the previous phase. As our clients progress they improve their coping skills, self-esteem and their ability to interact successfully in a substance free environment. 

The Building Futures program is critical to ensuring clients have the vocational and educational skills to transition out of the Manor of Hope and into the community at large. Substance abuse has reached epidemic proportions in this country. The recidivism rate for young people moving through traditional rehabilitation programs is beyond comprehension. From 2002 to 2013, heroin overdose deaths in the country increased by 286 percent, according to a report form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration. Health officials say the trend stems in part from doctors prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain. The report found those who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers – which can include Vicodin, OxyContin and Morphine – are 40 times more likely to be addicted to or abuse heroin, and that 45 percent of people who used heroin were also addicted to painkillers. Because heroin, also an opioid, is cheaper than these drugs, those who begin with prescription painkillers often turn to it, while often using other drugs such as cocaine, alcohol or marijuana as well. 

Friends of the Manor is a non-profit organization (501(c)3). Please help us battle this epidemic. Your donations make a difference. Please consider contributing today.

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Lynn DeRose

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in memory of Damien DeRose, aka "Peasant". 3 years ago



In honor and in memory of Damien DeRose. 3 years ago