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Our Mission

We give people, especially youth, the knowledge and tools they need
to make better-informed and more positive life choices.


Kristen Hettrick, who has served with CHC since 2016 and as Executive Director from 2021-2024, is retiring this year. She shares, "It has been a privilege to be a part of the Center for Humanistic Change and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I appreciate the trust that you put in me and the organization, and thank you for the special role you played during my time here. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration."

We wish Kris all the best in her retirement!

Following a thorough professional search and review by the Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce the appointment of CHC’s new Executive Director, Andrew D’Angelo, effective July 15, 2024.

Andrew is a native of Queens, New York, and joins CHC after spending 25 years in K-12 education. He has been a teacher, board development specialist, an elementary and high school principal, and a high school president. Andrew is deeply committed to prevention education and empowering young people to make healthy and informed decisions. After relocating to the Lehigh Valley in 2018, Andrew knew he found his forever home here and enjoys the diversity found in the people and places in and around his home in Easton. Andrew holds a BA from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA from St. John's University.

We hope you’ll have the opportunity to meet Andrew in the coming months as he’s introduced to the schools we serve and the greater community. Please feel free to contact our office at (610) 443-1595 ext. 15 to speak with him after July 15th, or email to

On behalf of everyone at CHC, we look forward to continuing to provide the Lehigh Valley – in the schools, in the community, and in the workplace – with vital prevention education programs, student mentoring, life skills training, and student assistance services. 


Click on the image to reach the DEA website and drug information in both English and Spanish.

Illinois high school students made a PSA video for a Health Occupations Students of America competition, highlighting the dangers of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Click the image to watch this important message!

Opioid Crisis Resources for Teenagers

This toolkit was designed by a teenager for a teenager:   Toolkit for Teenagers

HOPE for the Workplace

Did you know Pennsylvania's overdose rate is higher than the national average? Anyone can become addicted. Anyone.

CHC offers the HOPE for the Workplace program to all area businesses, small or large, at no cost! This program can include Narcan training and a FREE Narcan kit for all participants. Click here for more information.

To schedule this employee benefit at your location or as a virtual program, contact Lisa Wolff at 610-443-1595 Ext. 36 or email to

‘Tranq dope’ update: Pa. takes another step in fight against xylazine

Published: Oct. 06, 2023

The Pennsylvania House this week approved a bill that would criminalize xylazine, a veterinary drug that is being added to illegal fentanyl, making the risk of overdose and other harm even higher. The bill makes it a crime to possess xylazine, but makes an exception for veterinary use. Earlier this year, the Gov. Josh Shapiro administration temporarily made xylazine a Schedule III controlled substance, making it illegal to possess without a prescription. It’s extremely powerful, putting people at greater risk of being unconscious for a long time and being harmed as a result of crime or exposure. Because xylazine damages tiny blood vessels that deliver oxygen to skin and flesh, users are prone to gruesome wounds that can lead to amputation.

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Fentanyl Kills

Fake is Real is a fentanyl awareness campaign in Northampton County, PA. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Overdose is now the leading cause of death for ages 18-45, and fentanyl is killing teens at an alarming rate. Learn more: