Portraits of Fathers; The R.E.S.E.T-Editor’s Note: On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week, Fathers Forever sits in on Child Support Enforcement Court hearings at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh, NC. Each week, we hear countless stories, or testimonies, that shine light on break downs in communication and effective co-parenting among men and women who also are Mom and Dad.
This week blog consist of one father’s testimony that have successfully completed our 24 week curriculum. On the last class before graduation the graduates must complete the Exit Interview and below is what they wrote–
Fathers Forever Graduating Class #1 December 2010
“I was in prison for three months for driving while license revoked. My stay in prison was a life experience that I never thought I would experience. This was my first time in prison and one thing that I will never forget is spending my birthday in there. That was the worst. All I could think about was how hurt my parents would of been knowing where I spent my 43rd birthday. I’m an avid newspaper reader and just happened to read the article done by Mr. Barry Saunders (of the Raleigh News & Observer), and in the article his subject was Mr. Glen Warren.
Fathers Forever is a program that gives a dad hope of being a good father. Some will make it and some will not. But for those who are serious and really want to be a good father, this program is the model of being a great father. Men really need this because they have so many programs for women but none for men. I just hope that the men who come to this program do not feel less macho or less than a man because they are in this program. Men need someone to talk to about their problems. Some men never get help until they are locked up. Why must that be the cause?
Mr. Warren’s program is a God send to many men who want to be real fathers. I hope this program changes the way the court system views some fathers. All is not bad but, you will have some that will fall through the cracks but with this program and its participants, there will be someone there to pick him up and tell him not to give up, you can do this. Be that father you never had. We must break the cycle of fatherless homes or it will only get worse.
I wasn’t ordered to the program but I connected with Mr. Warren. Guys should come in with an open mind and not think about what happened to them and not feel like no one is in their corner. Mr. Warren has the knowledge. All you have to do is take his course and take it back unto y our heart and home and you will be a great father.” Lavanda Hobbs- Former participant; Current Volunteer-Grad Dad of Fathers Forever
Fathers Forever, the Experience from one of our Volunteers
“I volunteer with Fathers Forever because I felt the heart of Glen when he spoke at the funeral of their F.O.C.U.S. Coach, Darrell Boddie. I want to be a part of the solution to fatherless homes. As a volunteer, I have seen the father and mother reconcile, kids jump into their fathers arms at graduation and even a marriage proposal. Men who were not concerned about gainful employment are now working and in compliance with their payment obligations. I desire to help men become all that they are called to be. I help, because so many helped me when I was not the husband and father that I should have been. When men receive new information, they then have an opportunity to change. I do what I do because of the love, the grace and mercy of my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.” – Frankie Smallwood, F.O.C.U.S. Coach-Fathers Forever I volunteer with Fathers Forever because this program is very much.
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