Our History
Is History

July 16, 2015

My wife Marge and I were woken up by a loud knock on the door. It was an officer from the New Canaan Police Department, who informed us that our son Evan had just died from a drug overdose in New Haven. What started was a journey that I never wanted to sign up for.

"Evan will be remembered by his friends and family alike for his energy, wit and sensitivity. Evan always had a smile on his face."

-Paul Reinhardt, Evan's dad and the Founder of the New Canaan Parent Support Group (NCPSG)

September 15, 2016

I started NCPSG in 2016 for parents with loved ones affected by substance abuse and addiction. A year later, we held our first Community Addiction Awareness Vigil in downtown New Canaan."

We host weekly parent support meetings, Thursdays, 7-8:30PM, either at St. Mark's Church or virtually. In addition, we offer community educational events called Pathway Sessions as well as our annual Vigil in early September. Finally, we use our newsletter, posts and our website to keep you updated on addiction- and mental health-related events and resources.


I started the NCPSG for parents who have loved ones addicted by substance use disorders. We have partnered with the New Canaan YMCA to offer monthly Pathway Sessions to provide information and generate more awareness about addiction-related topics.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are looking for support, please reach out. There's strength in numbers.