I am so grateful that there is a program out like this. Thank you Terry Moore and Rick Jennings for allyou do for the community. If it were not for your programs my son would be in a much different place!!!
This organization does a great job in offering programs that are so important to men who truly want to be better fathers. It is one of so few whose mission supports fatherhood.
Review from Guidestar
I joined this group in 2006. Since then, I have been blessed with great resources this group has provided me. Terry, the facilitator of this organization, has always gone above and beyond to cater for us customers whenever and wherever help was needed. I love the meetings; Terry brings in great speakers. This is also a great connection for us, many single fathers who need support with co-parenting. I will always continue to be a sincere member to this group and be always part of it.
As a social worker, I try to find agencies who can connect with the families and make them feel comfortable about their life obstacles and for them to be heard and respected. This agency has done this with everey familiy I have referred. I have found that families have stayed connected with the agency even after I am involved with their family. They treat families with respect and they help families understand what they need to do to make their own change. I truly believe this is one of the best agencies that focus on helping fathers and their families.
In 2008 I was a newly separated single father and I needed support. The Daddy's Here program was the only game in town at the time, and as far as I know, still is. There is a core group of dedicated members that are there week after week to offer support and information to dads who are navigating the world of single fatherhood. I have learned about personal development, relationship skills, and how to approach court/custody issues effectively. Every so often someone will ask me about the group and I always recommend they check it out. I still drop on for a "tune-up" now and again, and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by the same smiling faces.
There was a time in my life when I was 19 years old scare and confused because I was about to be a dad. Me and my ex could not work things out together for the best of our son. Depress the only thing to keep me going was my education. During my Fall semester of 2009 found a pamphlet in a wall of my college building with the information that I was looking for. It had information to help me succeed to be a single dad without what most of us call "baby momma drama". The information that I found in the pamphlet was aimed to those single dads with family court problems that wanted to make a change in their life to help them be in their family life. The group that myself got enroll it is still call "Daddy's Here" . Emmiliano one of the facilitators help me with my problem the most along with the help of Terry Moore and the group of dads that every Thursday share their stories of family court cases. I learned a lot from all of them by just going there every Thursday for almost a year long. Now I can say that I am a more smart and efficient choice maker dad with nothing to be scare, because they gave me the courage to believe in me and taught me how not to act like a scary cat in court but like a father that wanted to fight for his right to be there as a dad of a young baby who needed him. All this was achieve with a phrase that I was told by Terry Moore which said 'Best Interest of The Baby' which meant to be there not because us as a parent wanted to but because our family needed us. To all those families that are lost and stuck without a sense of direction of where to go in a family hardship, "The Center for Fathers and Families" are there for you so come by anytime and their friendly staff will help you or at least direct you where you can go to get the help you need.
I have volunteered and observed the Center for Fathers and Families for a number of years. So I can without hesitation say, this organization has staff that is totally dedicated to building families. Children are their number one priority. The Center works to transform men into fathers. In fact, the fathers participating in the parenting and anger management classes are so involved and motivated after taking the classes, they often continue even after they have completed the required number of classes. Several fathers are now assisting in teaching the classes. So many children are now beneficiaries because of the commitment of the Center for Fathers and Families to make a difference in the lives of families. Its the best.
This organization reaches out to single fathers and helps them to be better more equipped fathers. When I first went through divorce, CEO Rick Jennings helped to prop me back up. He gave me fatherhood tips, told me stories about his fatherhood journey plus turned me on more in depth to CFF. From there, I gained valuable resource information and began to rebuild my life. I became so much of a positive role model in the life of my daughter that I was awarded Father of the Year. Now, my daughter is nine years of age and my wife and I have remarried. Our family is flourishing and we are helping other families navigate through the process. The Center for Fathers and Families inspired me to focus on my family and be the best man I could. I am extremely thankful!