Mission: The mission of fathers and families center is to build a noble legacy of fatherhood - improving the life chances of children by assisting young fathers in achieving self-sufficiency and in strengthening parental involvement.
Programs: Fatherhood development workshopone hundred twenty-nine men finished an intensive three-week training program focusing on parenting, job readiness, education preparation, responsible fatherhood, sexual responsibility and other life skills. This workshop has been the mainstay of the center. Parenting classes provides important information needed to improve fathers' parenting skills and to improve relationships between fathers and their children. In the sessions, fathers develop written goals for rearing their children. The instructor teaches appropriate expectations, child health, safety, wellness information and appropriate discipline methods. Employment preparation services building upon an assessment of participants past job history as well as personal areas of interest and aptitude, the center's workforce development manager assists clients as they prepare for employment. Focus areas include interviewing techniques, resume preparation, networking, and conducting job searches.
educational serviceshigh school equivalency (hse) preparation in individualized or small group tutoring sessions, fathers and families offers hse preparation sessions that run daily during office hours, as well as tuesday and thursday night. Onsite hse testing fathers and families does hse testing at the center location through the services of official hse test administrators to provide a comfortable and familiar testing environment for participants. Scholarship assistance the center's education assistant helps those who have completed high school or have their ged to prepare for scholarships and other financial aid applications. Higher education/vocational training advising for those who contemplate furthering their education, the education assistant works to prepare them for college or for vocational training alternatives. A total of 285 persons enrolled in hse services, 130 passed at least one of the five sections, and 34 completed the exam in 2016.
fatherhood supportfatherhood support focuses on personal finances, anger management, pre-marital and marriage counseling, and direct assistance to participants. Approximately 1,200 individuals received some kind of direct assistance during 2016.