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Local Groups Tackle Fatherhood in the Community

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN, AL---"I grew up in a single parent home and my mom did a good job but i just wanted to break the mode and teach my kids how to be good parents and good fathers," said Keith Small.

Keith Small and his two sons aren't just here to have fun.
Small says he's here to get something much bigger...

"Just some tips on being a good father, a better father."

Small says it's important for him to be a good father and a good role model to his sons.

"So many kids come from single parent homes and it's important to show your kids that you do have time to spend with them and encourage them to be good fathers."

And that's why three programs under the Alfred Saliba Center came together saturday to host a "Fathers and Community Engagement Day."

"We have a lot of fathers who have some barriers and one of the biggest challenges we found was that majority of the ones we serve have felons, so our job is to reach out and give them the tools that they need to be a better father," said Laura Whigham with Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood.

"We understand that children who have both their parents in their lives do better socially and physiologically and they just thrive all the way around," said Job Coach, Kami Winfrey.

Organizers say talks like these are important.

If you give fathers the tools that they need to be better fathers i believe that we help the child, we help the mother and most of all we help our community.

The fathers also got a chance to participate in a 'money habitudes' workshop.
The event was hosted by the Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood, Early Head Start and HIPPY.


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