The Upstate Fatherhood Coalition recently hosted a breakfast for community leaders so they can learn more about the program. The community leaders included Mitch Kennedy, City of Spartanburg; City Councilman Jerome Rice, City Council; Executive Director Katie Brophy, Spartanburg Department of Social Services; Steven Mimms, Urban League of the Upstate; Kevin Blossom, Miracle Hills; among others. They were able to listen to participants speak about their experience with the program.
A Jobs Not Jails participant was able to share his story about his child's return to his life just months after completing the parenting classes. His child was also able to speak to the group about the importance of having dad in his life.
It is important to be able to share these stories with community leaders. Not only did it showcase the fatherhood program, but it also provided an informal setting for the community leaders to meet the fathers and their families. It is important for the community to have an interest in our program because we save the taxpayers money by providing these fathers with job training and retention skills among our many other program components.
When fathers are involved, families and communities win. Below are a few pictures from the breakfast. A special thank you goes out to the community leaders and the companies they represent.