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July 30, 2013

Quentin's story

Quentin Wright is a 24-year old non-custodial father of a three-year old girl. His daughter Jady is the center of his world. But Quentin, like many of the participants in fatherhood programs, had made mistakes that have impacted his relationship with Jady.

Quentin was court ordered to make child support payments, but was unable to do so and was at risk of incarceration. Due to prior drug convictions, Quentin was having a very difficult time finding employment. He felt trapped by  his past and needed help.

After hearing about A Father's Place from a friend currently enrolled in the program, Quentin decided to take a chance and seek help. During his first session he decided right then and there that he wanted to change his life so he could be the father that Jady needed.   

Upon enrolling in the A Father's Place program in Horry County,  with the help of the staff, Quentin developed his "One Man Plan". Quentin's goals included finding employment, reducing his child support arrears, and improving the relationship with the mother of his child, which would lead to more time spent with his child. 

During the one-on-one session, he expressed his passion for cooking and mentioned he would like to become a chef. Soon after completing A Father's Place's Job Readiness Boot Camp, he enrolled in Coastal Cooks, a culinary school for the less fortunate.

After months of hard work Quentin graduated and received a certificate of completion in March of 2012. Quentin reached his goal of becoming a chef when he accepted the head chef position at Capriz Italian Feast in Myrtle Beach. 

Due to his commitment to himself and the fatherhood program, Quentin's communication with the mother of child improved. He began to utilize the communication skills he learned through the group sessions and as a result his time spent with his daughter increased significantly. Today, Quentin sees Jady every week and currently has a credit on his child support payments.