October 29, 2015
William Jenkins honored as one of '20 to Know' in North Charleston
Our own William Jenkins, executive director of the Father to Father Project, has been honored by The Post and Courier as one of "20 To Know" in North Charleston.
Mr. Jenkins and the other honorees were celebrated at a reception at the North Charleston Fire Museum on Oct. 20.
Here's what the Charleston newspaper had to say about Mr. Jenkins:
In 1998, William Jenkins started with the Father to Father Project through his church, and more than 15 years later is still just as devoted as ever. Father to Father, a nonprofit located in North Charleston, is a support group for fathers, primarily serving low-income, non-custodial fathers.
"We believe firmly that children do so much better when they have the benefit of being raised by a mother and a father," Jenkins says. "And what we do is help those fathers overcome whatever barriers might prevent them from being connected to those children."
One of those main barriers that fathers face is getting behind on child support. Because many can't afford it, they end up in and out of jail often.
"And one of the reasons they can't afford child support is because they don't have high-paying jobs," Jenkins explains. "So what we do is give the guys soft skills so they can go out and interview and fill out applications to find jobs."
By staying out of jail, a father can remain in his child's life, and that is a true success for Jenkins.
Father to Father has even been recognized by the Trident Chamber of Commerce as Nonprofit of the Year.
"So many time you hear about 'deadbeat dads,' but most of these guys really love their kids. They just need a little help to get back on track, and that's what we do and I get a lot of satisfaction from that."
Congratulations, Mr. Jenkins!