On October 3, 2011, TELACU was granted a four-year ($799,999) Responsible Fatherhood grant from the Administration of Children and Families to implement an integrated array of services in partnership with five Community and Faith-Based Organizations (CFBOs).
At least 225 Fathers annually participate in 24/7 Dad small groups offered in an experiential peer-to-peer supportive environment. Additionally, the fathers have an opportunity to take 8-16 hours of Love Notes relationship-enhancement classes and 8-hours of Money Smarts financial management classes depending on the Family Advocates recommendations.
Lastly, fathers will have the opportunity to access economic stability activities including job preparedness classes, an array of certification classes (e.g., OSHA, solar panel installation, Fork-lift, CPR), job training institutes (in either office careers, medical careers, or construction); and transitional jobs through a landscaping social enterprise. Unemployed fathers following these programs can take join the local FuturoNow Job Club that support them in locating part/full time employment.
During the first year in-take process, our participants self reported that 68% were unemployed. Upon completion of the program, this number was reduced by half with 59% reporting they were now employed. In addition, the following results emerged from the program:
- 847 Fathers completed 24-hours of parenting classes
- 634 Fathers completed 8-hours of relationship enhancement classes
- 469 Fathers completed 8-hours of financial management classes
- 261 Fathers completed a vocational certification program and/or a transitional job.