October 16, 2013
Fatherhood Project is making a difference
Via The Lancaster News
Editorís note: On occasions, the Lancaster Fatherhood Project will spotlight successful participants in its program. Todayís spotlight is Chris Clinton.
Christopher Clinton voluntarily came to the Lancaster Fatherhood Project program. Clinton is a 49-year-old with two adult daughters and a 7-year-old daughter. He wanted to find employment and learn parenting skills.
The Lancaster Fatherhood Project's objectives are to provide the tools for fathers to become positively engaged in the lives of their children, families and community.
"Building the community one father at a time" is the program's slogan.
Clinton developed his goals with help from counselors of the Fatherhood program. He met each Thursday at 3 p.m. for group sessions that included parenting, economic stability, healthy relationship/healthy marriage skills and men's health.
He applied his new learned knowledge, along with his current value systems and has become more involved in his children's lives. He was recently employed and is now able to provide for his family. Clinton understands the importance of better health for him and has participated in several health screenings offered through the partnership agencies.
"I had to do what was needed to do to become a changed man," Clinton said.
"At the Lancaster Fatherhood Project, we exist to provide the tools for fathers to become positively involved in the lives of their children, family and community," said Tyrom Faulkner, executive director.
"Fathers are a very important part of their children's lives," Faulkner said. "Here at the Fatherhood program, we help dads to make a difference in their families' lives. Parenting is the most important responsibility we have. As mothers and fathers, our children need all of us."