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

Crucial Conversations: Fighting Opiate Abuse
Tuesday, April 30
6:15 p.m. Mass in Church
7-8:30 p.m. Presentation
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Social Hall
10700 Liberty Road S, Powell, OH 43065

 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.

 Past Presentation Resources

P.E.R.C. presentation slides
January 29, 2019
Growing Resiliency in Today’s World (GRIT)



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The Ohio State University

The Blackwell, Ball Room
Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic: Impacts and Innovations
Conversation about Ohio’s opiate epidemic featuring award winning author Sam Quinones as he shares his experience researching and writing Dreamland. Following the presentation, faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences will discuss their current opiate related research. Q&A sessions will follow both presentations; audience questions are encouraged and appreciated.


Saturday, March 9, 2019
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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.
Hundreds of parenting sessions held between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Link to register for classes: here
Link to course catalog with detailed descriptions on each course offering plus the names of the speakers: here 
Dublin City Schools Emerald Campus and Hilliard Darby High School (depending on which sessions you sign up for)

Friday, March 15, 2019
7-8 p.m.
Author/Speaker: Kate Fagan
Kate will speak about her book What Made Maddy Run
Dublin Scioto High School




Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7-8:30 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc
Crucial Conversations: Fighting Opiate Abuse
Dr. Ryan Squier, a local emergency physician, is dedicated to fighting the opiate abuse epidemic currently wreaking havoc on lives, families, and entire communities throughout Ohio and the nation. This presentation will provide an open and frank conversation in order to educate adults about strategies to end opiate abuse.