Taco Donates $25,000 to Phoenix House

The money will help support Phoenix House programs.

The Taco/White Family Foundation recently donated $25,000 to Phoenix House of New England.

Phoenix House is the nation's largest nonprofit drug treatment and prevention organization, helping 5,000 people daily with substance abuse problems.

"Virtually every family knows the pain of having a loved one fall into substance abuse," said John Hazen White Jr., president and CEO of Cranston-based Taco, Inc. 

"They know how long and difficult the recovery can be," White said.

The donation was announced at Phoenix House's annual fundraising luncheon in Providence, which raised a total of $150,000 for the organization. 

A former Phoenix House client, Sofia Capria, told the crowd at the luncheon about how she fell into drug and alcohol abuse as a teenager and her recovery, with help from Phoenix House Academy in New Hampshire. She's now in college and has stayed clean.

"In Sofia's case, there's a happy ending through the work and commitment of Phoenix House," White said. "We are proud of her and of Phoenix House. The Taco/White Family Foundation strongly supports the good and compassionate work of Phoenix House."


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