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Nicole Benner

Warm Handoff Program Coordinator

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Medication Assisted Recovery Advocate

Nikki's quick wittiness made her immediately fit with the JFT staff. We have a knack for getting the job done while having fun doing it. Some days the staff is as crazy as the job, and Nikki is definitely one of us!

Nikki was raised in Summerdale and attend East Pennsboro High School. Much of her family still resides in East Pennsboro Township. She currently lives in Middlesex Township with her 15-year-old daughter. Nikki is also the mother of an adult son and daughter.

For several years Nikki served as a private banking representative and executive administrative assistant. She also ran the office of a successful cleaning and roofing company. Nikki then turned her talents to motherhood raising three children of her own and a foster child with special needs. For several years Nikki was also the sole caregiver for her ailing father, who since passed, and currently she plays an active roles in her youngest daughter's education as she is home-schooled.

Nikki began studies toward a mental health counseling degree; however, motherhood and circumstances led her away from this for a time. Nikki has not given up on this path and plans to continue her studies in drug, alcohol, and peer counseling while working fulltime at JFT. As it stands, she is a PA Certified Recovery Specialist and has served on the Cumberland-Perry Warm Handoff team for a year. She is an integral part the program both in the ER and behind the scenes, and is very good at what she does.

With that said, Nikki is a huge proponent of Medication-Assisted Recovery (MAR) and is our in-house advocate for all MAR-related objectives. She designed and facilitates our MAR 12-Step meeting, which is just taking off and sure to be a huge success. She is also an MAR advocate in our community and for several of the local MAT clinics and medical facilities.

Nikki, Erin and Eric also manage donations and regularly organize our clothing closet and food pantry. Donations are a huge part of JFT and come in daily. This task alone can become overwhelming if not attended to on a regular basis.

Nikki wears many hats at JFT and her work ethic, compassion, and willingness to shift gears at a moments notice is what makes her an incredible assets to JFT with everything we have planned for 2020. 

Scott Young

Veterans Services Coordinator

Scott Young is JFT’s Veterans Service Coordinator and a veteran himself.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2004 through 2016, being honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.  Scott served two combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Additionally, he spent time in the community while on active duty, serving as a recruiter in the

York area. Scott is active in recovery, being free of alcohol for over three years.  His journey included a successful stay in the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, where he participated in the vocational rehabilitation program as well.  He is also a graduate of Dauphin County Veterans Court.

 

In addition to his service as JFT’s Veterans Service Coordinator, Scott has been a business administration and management student for two years.  He enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking in his spare time.    

Nic Juris

Administrative Support

Carissa Lehr

Police Diversion

Lead Certified Recovery Specialist

Lisa Abromitis

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Candice Patcheo

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Ashli Rudy

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

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Eric Weidman

Facilities Coordinator

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

 

First and foremost, Eric is our in-house artist. He is creating a mural downstairs including all our programs of recovery and military branches of service. Eric also enjoys donating his paintings to recovery events for raffles and fundraising.

Eric can be found at JFT on and off the clock throughout the day and evening. He enjoys being a contributing member at all JFT events as well as lending a hand at any recovery or fundraising cause. The bottomline is that if it is recovery oriented and you need a hand--Eric is your man. And everything Eric does, he does from the heart. He is a giver.

Eric was born and raised on the unforgiving streets of Baltimore City where he  was fortunate enough to find the Power of Recovery, a group he credits with saving his life.  After the roots of recovery took hold, Eric decided, that for his own continued growth, he needed to leave the confines of the Heroin Capital of the U.S.; thus he moved to Lemoyne in 2015 where he found and enmeshed himself into a strong and well established recovery community. Eric to proud to say he has over 5-years of continuous sobriety and has made it his mission to help others find their way.

Eric served as a member of our Warm Handoff Team for a year and continues to grow and help people seeking treatment on a daily basis. Warm Handoff is only a small part of Eric's story at JFT. Eric continues to grow our community food pantry and helps with daily donations. Eric is our in-house maintenance man, ready to fix any problem at any time of day--and we mean ANY problem. Eric is our fix-it man!

Eric is excited to take on his most recent role as Recovery Housing mentee under Steve's tutelage. In this position, Eric is learning the nuances of operating a recovery house as he takes a more active role in our male recovery house above the center. This role evolved as Eric became more and more of a mentor to our friends in new recovery, who live in the many local recovery houses. He can always be found trying to procure furniture or goods, giving people rides to and from meetings, job interviews, or other appointments, or just generally just being a listening ear to anyone in our Coffee Shop who might be in need of someone who cares. But, do not let his easygoing disposition fool you; Eric knows how to lay down the law if things get a bit crazy on the weekends!

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Jan Arkon, RN

Volunteer & Events Coordinator

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Jan is the type of person who does so much for the recovery community and JFT, but likes to fly under the radar. In fact, it was all we could do to get her to stop and pose for this picture! Jan is all about giving back, volunteerism, and event planning, and she does a bang up job for JFT!

Jan has been with JFT for over two years and she is in charge of all of our volunteers, community service partners, and events. Jan recruits our volunteers to man the Coffee Shop as well as for any community events or fundraisers for which we participate. Jan also trains our volunteers to work in a business-like capacity, which for some, it is their very first experience. Thanks to Jan, our Coffee Shop is completely manned by volunteers and open from noon til 11 PM each day reinforcing the motto: "You Never Have to be Alone."

If you or someone you know is in need of community services hours, no matter what the reason, Jan is our community service hours coordinator as well. She sets the individual up, ensures he/she get the hours, and completes the required paperwork.

 

In her spare time, Jan works as one of our on call Certified Recovery Specialists, and she owns and operates a female recovery house in Harrisburg called McHazel's House. Giving back to a community she feels has done so much for her, Jan will soon celebrate 10 years of sobriety.

Jan is a big part of what we do here at JFT, and whether she wants the recognition or not, we are grateful for her.

Ashlee Osler

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Kathy Kane

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

Tracy Savage

PA Certified Recovery Specialist

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