Ed Satell was exposed to the detrimental effects of addiction firsthand, and he’s doing what he can to make a difference with a $1 million endowment to Caron Treatment Centers.
Ed Satell was exposed to the detrimental effects of addiction firsthand, and he’s doing what he can to make a difference.
The Ed Satell Family Chair for Children and Adolescent Education at Caron Treatment Centers was created by a $1 million donation from Satell, founder and executive chairman of Progressive Business Publications, and his family.
The new program will educate children about alcoholism and addiction and provide support for them as their family members or others close to them struggle to overcome the disease.
This is the first program there in someone’s name and the first among freestanding treatment centers in the nation, according to Caron.
The endowment also will continue to support Satell’s other program at Caron, the Satell Family Children and Teens Program.
“I believe that every child is entitled to a happy childhood,” Satell said. “It’s often underestimated how difficult the traumas are and how long lasting the traumas are. It affects their whole life.”
Caron, which is headquartered in Wernersville, has locations across the East Coast that specialize in providing addiction and behavioral health care treatments. Satell is grateful to partner with Caron.
“My interest here is the children of people that have an alcohol or drug condition,” he continued. “These are people that are going through very difficult times, often in denial, often with disruption and distortion, and children need to be able to trust their parents and feel safe.”
Traumas such as losing a parent, experiencing abuse or watching a parent receive abuse are some issues Satell hopes this program will address with the children and provide them with a safe and supportive environment.
“Our interests are intervening so these children have a much better chance at life,” he said.
As a result of his bequest, Satell was inducted into the Richard J. Caron Society on May 5, or the “Legacy Society,” which recognizes those who have made lifetime contributions greater than $1 million.
But he acknowledged others who inspired him to be a benefactor.
“I have known people in this situation,” he admitted. “And frequently, philanthropy comes from people who had firsthand exposure to these situations and want to do something about it, and that certainly happened to me.”
Part of the endowment will support Jewish causes, such as making a rabbi available for patients in order to minister good health and well-being.
“In past times, alcoholism among Jews and addiction among Jews was not very prevalent,” Satell explained. “But as Jews have become more assimilated, they’ve taken on more and more of the same issues, the same circumstances, as the rest of society.”
That’s why Satell keeps in mind the Jewish values of family, health, well-being and community for future generations.
“And what can be more important than l’dor va’dor,” he said.
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