Crucial Conversations are those discussions we need to have as a community and as parents, to keep our friends, neighbors and loved ones safe. These are also conversations that need to be addressed from a Christian perspective. What can we do to prevent those we love from becoming addicted to opioids? How can we help those who have already become addicted? What are steps that I can take to keep myself and my loved ones safe from trafficking? How do we handle social media, from a Christian perspective? How do we make sure those we love KNOW that they are valued and loved, and give them hope when they fall into depression or are anxious? How can we be Jesus to those we know and love?

In partnership with St. Brigid of Kildare, we will have two Crucial Conversations gatherings this school year. The first will be at St. Brigid on November 8 for parents of children 6th grade and younger, titled “Raising Resilient Children.” The second will be at St. Joan of Arc on April 30 addressing the opioid epidemic.

For more information, contact Kim VanHuffel at

 Drug Prevention and Education Resources

The Emerald Jenny Foundation 
This foundation lists  local agencies and phone numbers/crisis lines for addiction.

Franklin County Prevention and Education Programs 
Franklin County Programs

DrugSafe Worthington helps families get educated, get help, and find local events.

Delaware Country Drug Liaison
Confidential support for persons and families struggling with addiction/substance use.



Thursday, January 17, 2019
6 p.m.
Operation Street Smart
Olentangy Shanahan Middle School
814 Lewis Center Road, Lewis Center
Up to date information on drug use

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Parenting Teens: Why You Shouldn’t Follow the Crowd
Conversation will be led by Syntero clinicians for a community conversation about parenting, parental peer pressure, and strategies to unite around healthy behaviors.
10:30 a.m.
Upper Arlington Public Library


6:30 p.m.
Grandview Heights Public Library



Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Operation Street Smart
Thomas Worthington High School
Up to date information on drug use




Saturday, March 9, 2019
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location TBD
Be Well: A Parent University Event hosted by Dublin City Schools and Hilliard City Schools.
The event will feature several free informational sessions for community members focused on student and family well-being.




Tuesday, April 30, 2019
St. Joan of Arc
Crucial Conversations