Cliff and Corky Schadler of Sequim were recently recognized by the Parents of Addicted Loved-ones (PAL) organization during National Volunteer Week.
The Schadlers started facilitating as a team in March of 2018. They have four sons, with two of the boys being the Schadlers’ reason for PAL, the organization notes. Their oldest is currently in 100-plus days of sobriety; unfortunately, his younger brother is currently in the throes of his addiction, but the hope continues, PAL representatives said.
“Cliff and Corky are firm believers and doers of the PAL program,” PAL representatives note. “They’ve had announcements on the radio for the past two years, passed out countless flyers, have reached up to 5,000 readers through newspapers in the peninsula area, and have been supported by their church in getting the word out.”
Cliff Schadler likes to send inspiring thoughts he comes across in his weekly invites to members, they said, such as, “Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you can’t change — prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change.”
Meetings are open to anyone 18 or older who is dealing with an addicted loved one, Cliff Schadler said.
The local PAL group meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Sequim Community Church, 1000 N. Fifth Ave.
For more information about the local group, call Corky Schadler at 360-565-6368.
PAL was founded in 2006 by Michael Speakman while working as an in-patient substance abuse counselor in Arizona. In 2015, PAL was incorporated as a Christian run nonprofit and falls under a 501c(3) for charitable donations as a partner with another Christian organization, Partners In Action.
Meetings are open to anyone of any faith or background as our primary goal is to provide hope through education and support for parents dealing with addicted loved ones. For more information, see palgroup.org.