Who We Are

Daystar Center

Individual and Family Interventions

Daystar is a community-based residential long term treatment facility for men recovering from substance use disorders.

We emphasize spiritual practices to aide individuals seeking guidance and a higher power.

We are a mission of the United Methodist church and welcome all faiths and beliefs to our program.

Contact Us

Telephone: 717 230-9898

Email: fern@daystarrecovery.net

Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery is an “Advanced Special” of the United Methodist Church (#64872), registered with the Federal Government as a 501C3 tax exempt organization, and is registered as a Charitable Organization with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

What We’re Doing

  • Individual and Family Interventions

    Daystar is now offering interventions. Fern B. Wilcox, Executive Director of Daystar is a trained and Pennsylvania certified Interventionist. She uses the A.R.I.S.E. method of intervention as a way to help reconstruct the family torn apart by addiction. This is not the approach seen on TV. It is our belief at Daystar, respect, integrity, love, and compassion is what promotes individual and family recovery and healing.

    The ARISE Intervention is an invitational, non-secretive, gradually-escalating process. Through Family Motivation to Change®, it empowers families by reinstating and reaffirming their intrinsic strength, resilience and hope which is so often lost in the face of addiction. The Continuum of Care will continue for a full six months after entering treatment, in order to help the family and the loved one transition in and out of the treatment process.

  • Executive interventions

    The effects of addiction in the workplace cost American businesses over $100 billion in lost productivity annually due to premature death and illness. When the Addicted Individual is the CEO, a physician, attorney or other high-level executive, the degree of risk to your business goes far beyond the financial cost, possible litigation, and a stained reputation within your industry. Our Executive Intervention process helps your business identify those early risks and initiate Intervention before major loss in the workplace occurs. The Evidence-based, Best-practice Intervention is designed to meet the challenges of addiction in the workplace, is flexible, modular, and can be tailored to fit the culture of your particular business and timetable. If your addicted executive has already completed treatment and you are still worried about his or her effectiveness and sobriety, we can be initiated at any time.

    An Executive Intervention calls for a qualified interventionist - one who is able not only to influence the addicted individual to get help with their addiction through treatment, but one who will also work with you and their colleagues to support their recovery as they return to the workplace. The Continuum of Care will continue for a full six months after entering treatment.

    If you, a loved one, friend, or employee or struggling with addiction let us help guide you to the path of recovery. Please call 717-230-9898 or 717-271-3715.Individual and Family Interventions

Our staff

Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson, BA, is a counselor at Daystar. She has worked in the addiction field as a counselor since 2013 in a variety of settings, including outpatient and prison settings. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Susquehanna University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Messiah College for clinical psychology.

Fern Wilcox

Fern Wilcox MHS, LPC, CAADC, CIP is the Executive Director of Daystar. She has worked in the addiction and recovery field for over 30 years. She received her Master in Human Service Counseling from Lincoln University. Her experience includes every level of care and she is a Pennsylvania State certified Interventionist. Her specialties include Family addiction treatment. Mrs. Wilcox is a past President of the PA Halfway House Association and the current Vice President.

Jim Felty

Jim Felty MA, CAADC is interested in helping clients overcome their addiction, so that they can live a purposeful and productive life. Jim is Lead Counselor and Family Program Coordinator at Daystar. Jim received Masters in Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University and earned the designation Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor earlier this year. He has been with Daystar since 2014 and has witnessed not only the growth of the organization, but has also witnessed the remarkable transformation of many men as they progress through the program. His clinical interests are in development of spirituality, handling of grief and loss, forgiveness, dealing with trauma, and abuse, panic and anxieties, depression and bi-polar disorder, marriage, family, and parenting. Personal interests are camping, fishing and spending time with his family.

Jim Todd

Jim Todd is Daystar’s House Manager. He came to Daystar in 2014 from Gaudenzia and has been in the recovery field for over 10 years. Jim manages the daily operations of the center, including supervision of facility maintenance and the recovery specialists. Jim’s interaction and rapport with the clients is a great asset to Daystar.

Jose White

Jose White is Daystar’s Senior Recovery Specialist. He came to Daystar as a volunteer in January, 2001; and became part of staff in April of 2001. Jose’s dedication to Daystar and its mission has remained strong over the years. His observation of clients and interaction with them is a valuable asset to Daystar.

Kate Tannenbaum

Kate Tannenbaum, Administrative/Financial Director at Daystar Center, has been with us since March 2014. Her background includes 13 years of banking experience with a focus on compliance and regulatory issues, in addition to managing branches. She majored in Economics and English at Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA, and has served on Executive Boards of Directors with 7 organizations, usually in the Treasurer position

Ronald Sloane

Ronald Sloane is the Program Director at Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Ronald begin working as a House Manager for Gaudenzia Drug and Alcohol Agency. Ronald held several positions while working for the agency: House Manager, House Manager Supervisor, Counselor Assistant, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor. Ronald also worked as a Case Worker for Children and Youth in Cumberland County and as a Therapeutic Staff Support worker for TWPonessa of Harrisburg, Pa. Ronald received his Bachelor Degree in Social Work in from Shippensburg University. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Shippensburg.

Craig Gatchell

Craig is a Counselor Assistant at Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery. He began employment at Daystar in 2016 and has worked in the drug and alcohol field since 2012. Craig has worked at multiple levels-of-care and in addition to Counselor Assistant he has held the following positions: Clinical Aid, Recovery Specialist, House Manager, and Program Coordinator. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Albright University.

The Lives we Impact

The true reflection of our work is shown through the feedback from our clients and the lives we strive to help make a difference in. Over the past 19 years, we have helped hundreds of men through a comprehensive and effective program that enables them to establish and maintain sober and healthy lifestyles, rejoin the workforce, their families, and society.

“For 45 years, I was drugging, drinking, and doing everything under the sun. I give thanks to Daystar staff for helping me and believing in me.”


“I believed the world revolved around me and that I knew everything. But, today I am happy and free, having gone through the Daystar Center's program.”