Dear Community Leader:
Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have good self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers. Sadly, there are many, many children who do not have a dad who is there for them. But…there is hope! Starting September 8th an initiative called the Fatherhood Connection is coming to Hornell. Just a little bit of assistance from your organization will help fathers become better parents and providers for the children in our community.
Led by Pastor Reginald Cox, The Fatherhood Connection will present a 13-week support group for men who want to strengthen their connections with the children in their lives. While all fathers are welcome, these groups will primarily focus on low-income non-custodial fathers involved with the Child Welfare system. Pastor Cox has over 12 years of experience running these groups in other communities with amazing success. His objective is to form communal alliances to “Re-Connect, Re-Concile and Re-Store” the man, his family, and his community. A list of the series topics is enclosed but for more information visit http://thefatherhoodconnection.com/
In partnership with Pro Action, the local Department of Social Services has secured funding from the NYS Office of Child and Family Services to cover the cost of Pastor Cox’s time and travel. The Hillside Children’s Center has graciously offered meeting space. However, as the saying goes, “If you feed them they will come.”, and food is the one thing we still need. Would your organization be willing to purchase or prepare food for one or two of the 13 sessions listed on the enclosed schedule? If so, please contact Reginald L. Cox, your help will be greatly appreciated!
Reginald L. Cox