OUR STORY

The Palmer Drug Abuse Program – Houston (PDAP) was founded in 1971 by Father Charlie Wyatt-Brown, the Rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Father Charlie reached out to a man in need of recovery and offered him love, support, and hope.

Through their collective experiences, these men recognized that there was a youth population affected by drugs and alcohol in need of a safe place to recover.

A vision was developed to reach young people who were lost on drugs and bring them into a new and sober lifestyle.

For 50 years, PDAP has gone from its inaugural meeting of six teenagers to positively affect countless youth and their families in Greater Houston and beyond.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program is to be the most effective prevention and recovery program helping young people and families avoid or recover from the devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

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VISION STATEMENT

To increase the availability of PDAP services to areas currently under-served, while maintaining free prevention and long-term drug and alcohol recovery programs of the highest quality that are readily accessible to Houston area youth and their families.

THE MONKEY FIST
Many ask, what’s a monkey’s fist? Traditionally, a monkey fist is used by ships in the docking process. A knot, the size of a volleyball, with a line attached is thrown from the ship to shore, making the first contact with land. The ship is then pulled in by the crew, secured to the dock, thus able to drop anchor.

In 1972, the Monkey’s Fist was adopted as a symbol of connection to the group, a connection that brings to reality the recovery each PDAPer works so hard to earn. It is a representation of resilience through the power of the group, reminding each person of the acceptance they’ve found.

This symbol is still a very important tradition of growth and unity in the recovery of PDAPers today. The Monkey’s fist, a necklace with a marble-sized knot, is created by each PDAPer at their 30 days of recovery symbolizing a person’s ‘first contact with reality.’ The reality of hope and a bright future ahead. Members wear the necklace proudly, signaling all, the connection and security found in healing.

No one could have guessed the impact this would have on the recovery community and the movement nationally. There is a special feeling we get when we see someone we do not know with a fist. It is the feeling of knowing, “There is a friend.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Drew Baker

Walter Andrew Baker

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Sunnova Energy Corporation

President & Chairman

Kristy Manteris

Kristy Manteris, CPA

Director

The Siegfried Group, LLP

Treasurer

Amelia

Amelia Xu

Senior Attorney

Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP

Secretary

Lauren Anderson

Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement

Houston Ballet

Development Chair

Adrian Goodisman

Managing Member

AGA Ventures, LLC

Trustee

Jeff Gorski

Energy Executive

Trustee

Julius Leitner

Vice President, Marketing

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Trustee

Mary

Mary Oxford, Ph.D

Program Director

Pathfinder, The Menninger Clinic

Trustee

Pat Pollan

Principal

Pollan Hausman Real Estate Services, LLC.

Trustee

Marc Schkud

Senior Vice President – Global Wealth

BBVA USA now part of PNC

Trustee

OUR TEAM

Beth Eversole LCSW-S, LCDC
Chief Executive Officer

Kelsey Reynolds

Kelsey Reynolds
Office Manager

Mariah Fountain

Mariah Fountain LMSW
Program Director

Cameron Ward, PRSS
Peer Recovery Coach

Lateef Givens, PRSS Recovery Coach

Lateef Givens, PRSS
Recovery Coach

Leah Hunt
Recovery Coach

CAREERS

If you are looking to work for a well-respected organization, a fun atmosphere and the knowledge that you directly impact the lives of those seeking recovery? Then you’ve come to the right place! PDAP is the pioneer of the alternative peer group model so if you join our team you will be a part of 50 years of experience in saving lives. PDAP staff, volunteers, and interns create opportunities with participants and their families to build a solid foundation for brighter futures free from drugs and alcohol.

If you are a peer in recovery then you may be uniquely qualified to join the PDAP staff. We value the wisdom and integrity of staff members who actively participate in a recovery program and believe the peer-to-peer model not only best informs our practices it helps create powerful insight into the professional work we do.

CURRENT POSITIONS:

There are no current positions at PDAP, please check back.

VOLUNTEER / INTERN

There are varieties of ways to get involved with PDAP. If you are looking to volunteer and help support the cause, PDAP offers services in both events and direct care of participants throughout the year and volunteers are always welcome.

Communications Assistant – assist with the newsletter, content creation, social media strategy, and posting.

Events Support – assist with events throughout the year through mailing, calling, event day setup/takedown, general event tasks.

Admin Support – assist with everyday administrative duties such as filing, scanning, returning calls.

Mentors – Share your story of hope in recovery (we need teens, young adults, & parents).

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form below along with emailing your resume to admin@pdaphouston.org and a team member will reach out about the next steps.

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YOUR IMPACT

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