Nancy Plavetzky was devastated when her 26-year-old son Ryan Pappa died in 2014 from an accidental drug overdose.
Not wanting others to go through the same thing, she founded Ryan’s Wings in his memory.
The West Deer-based nonprofit raises awareness through education about the dangers of using prescription drugs and provides financial assistance to those in recovery for rent, food, clothes, transportation and other incidentals in 15 Pennsylvania counties.
It also provides resources for employment, schooling, transportation and tackling mental health issues, as well as costs associated with rent for sober living, intensive outpatient support and co-pays for medication needed for recovery.
Among its partners is the Six Steps to SANITY support group at Saints John and Paul Catholic Church in Franklin Park for the parents, step parents or grandparents of addicts.
“Our mission is to give everyone an opportunity to live a successful, sober life,” said Ms. Plavetzky, 56, of Shaler. “My mission is to help family members as well.