Over the last few months, our dads and clients have been hard at work overcoming obstacles and improving their lives. In light of Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday, and the general holiday season, we want to share brief stories of celebration, struggles overcome, and lives changed. We’re thankful for the incredible impact that we’ve been blessed to be a part of!
“Fathers Uplift has been a godsend and a brotherhood for me. Before Fathers Uplift, I was depressed and this would rear its head in other things that I loved to do, such as spoken word poetry. After an evening, when I wanted to take my own life, and after going to a depression study, I made a visit to Fathers Uplift and since have faced emotions and fears through conversations. I have cried more inside and outside of sessions because while depression isn’t “cured” it’s being understood and managed better than before. It’s been hard work, that I look forward to doing every week. This is the “gym” my emotions need to become stronger.” – Dana Ruff, Father’s Uplift Dad
Two fathers who have been served by our organization attended the Daddy & Daughter dance hosted and organized by The Kota Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Boston. This was a wonderful event and it was great to see two of our Fathers’ Uplift dads in such an active and engaged setting with their daughters.
This month, Javan Tooley completed 12-weeks of involvement in our Managing Emotions Anger Management Group, increasing his chances for his federal case to be closed and to remain engaged in the lives of his children and family.
“I was incarcerated for 3 years. I have a newborn girl that’s about to be four months and I have a four-year-old son. My goal is to be the best dad, a great husband, and utilize all the wisdom and knowledge that I learn from Fathers Uplift.” – Javan Tooley
So far this year, Father’s Uplift’s team of coaches has been able to connect over 50 Dads with Career, Housing Stability Specialists, Basic Necessities resources and Financial Coaching resources.
With the collaboration of two family probate court lawyers, Father’s Uplift’s legal advocacy workshop has assisted over 40 Dads navigating through the family court process, with hopes for each of them to increase their chances of obtaining custody of their children or increasing active parenting time.
Father’s Uplift’s employment workshop connected 60 Dads to employment resources, including 10 Dads who got hired within one month.
3 Dads got accepted into college and will be starting in December 2019, partially accomplished through our collaboration with Southern New Hampshire University.
Over 50 Dads we serve are involved with the Department of Children and Family. 13 Dads have closed their cases and some have been reunified with their children as a result of the collaboration between Father’s Uplift and the Department of Children and Families. Others still are on the verge of closing their cases, with significant chances for these Dads to receive more parenting time.
27 Dads have completed the full 12 weeks of consistent attendance within our Pre-Father Care: Parenting for Fathers groups.
Throughout the year, in collaboration with our partner, Cooking Matters, some of our Dads were able to be connected with food resources and gift cards, and received nutrition tips about eating healthier while saving.
Father’s Uplift’s Fathers Homecoming Program has been providing safe therapeutic transportation from jail-to-home. For each participating Dad, we provide one of our “Bags for Dads”, which includes basic necessities such as a comb, a toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, and other items inside a sturdy duffel bag. In addition, we also provide ongoing mental health support, pre-father care parenting group access, resources, and coaching, all to contribute to their success as a parent after release.
So far this year, through our partnership with the Suffolk County House of Corrections, over 20 Therapeutic Transports were requested to Father’s Uplift, with 10 of these Dads then consistently participating in Father’s Uplift programs (and others still engaging with us as a resource and bulwark on occasion).
12 incarcerated Dads completed 12 weeks of consistently attending the Pre-Father Care Parenting For Fathers Groups inside the Nashua Street Jail.