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We believe that, given the right tools, individuals and groups can make positive choices and positive changes. Click here to learn more.


One word that can describe the outlook of the present environment, is ‘transformation’.  Many people, organizations and businesses continue to reconnect and regroup after the pandemic and economic downturn, and are navigating the uncertainties around us in these ever-changing and challenging times. However, as executive director of the Center for Humanistic Change, I have never been more confident that the good work we do together can help us meet today’s challenges for our community’s children and families, and that opportunities for a brighter future await us all.

The Center for Humanistic Change (CHC) has been delivering prevention programming and life skills training for more than 42 years, and our commitment to equipping people to make better-informed and positive life choices is steadfast. Our skilled and dedicated staff continue to make CHC a leading Lehigh Valley resource, and we serve the community with experience and competence, empathy and compassion.

As we build on our growth and progress, some of the key areas we’re focused on include increasing suicide prevention efforts and expanding social-emotional learning to build resiliency in youth and develop their strong mental health.  Additionally, we are addressing emerging drug trends such as magnified nicotine vaping among youth and often casual attitudes towards marijuana use. Increases in fentanyl poisonings are of major concern, so we will take greater steps to educate the community and distribute free Narcan kits.  CHC will continue to provide essential services and evidence-based prevention education programs towards these and other issues, virtually and in-person.

We know that we’re needed now more than ever before, and pledge to be there with help and hope.


Kristen Hettrick, Executive Director



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! 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 or email to

Xylazine involved in 26% of overdose deaths in Pennsylvania

Most of us are familiar with the devastating effects of the opioid crisis, but a new drug has come on the scene, particularly in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Xylazine, also known as “tranq” or “tranq-fent,” is a veterinary tranquilizer that is being added to illegal fentanyl. Valued because it helps the effects of fentanyl last longer, the consequences can be disastrous. CHC follows current trends, and this new information is included in our HOPE presentations.

Be informed, and click on the link to read more about Xylazine from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:


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