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Fatherhood Clark County is Clark County, Ohio's official mobilization initiative to promote and celebrate heathy fathering for the benefit of our community's children. FCC ia suported by a combination of private and public funding and operates under the 501(c)3 of Urban Light Ministries, Inc., it's fiscal agent.
NEW FUNDING RECEIVED FOR CLARK COUNTY FATHERHOOD PROGRAM
Regional Fatherhood Services provider Urban Light Ministries announces that the nonprofit agency has been awarded nearly $500,000 in funding from a variety of streams to expand their work with fathers and families over the next 12 months, starting immediately. The largest of the sources is a five-year, $1.5 million federal sub-award to serve Montgomery and Clark Counties.
The lead agency for that grant is Ohio Commission on Fatherhood. The OCF has provided funding to ULM since 2008, and most recently awarded the community ministry a two-year regional grant worth $100,000 per year to serve fathers and families in Montgomery, Clark, Greene, and Madison Counties beginning in September of 2015.
This comes after the Board of Clark County Commissioners after a competitive proposal process, approved a two-year Clark County Department of Job and Family Services contract valued at approximately $67,000 per year to focus on low income Clark County fathers and adolescent males.
The US Department of Health and Human Services grant through OCF and the Clark County contract represents new funding to the region for targeting young, low income fathers with direct services. The increase in revenue enables Urban Light to add to its team of practitioners, mentors and administrative support people in order to serve more participants. Services will include fatherhood and relationship classes, coaching, case management, and more. Developing increased government support for father-focused efforts has been a component of Fatherhood Clark County’s Community Action Plan to Promote Healthy Fathering. FCC Director Eli Williams called the funding increases “A win for families with young children, both locally and regionally as these initiatives help more fathers to become better parents, partners, and providers.”
One of the new initiatives in the Community Action Plan is the Fathering Institute at Clark State. For two years ULM and Clark State Community College have been developing a plan for a permanent institution to provide educational and job opportunities for unemployed and underemployed fathers of minor children. The plan is being viewed by the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood as a potential statewide model for increasing the economic stability of vulnerable children and families. The remaining challenge is the acquisition of private funding partners. According to ULM Fatherhood Director Darryl Grayson, “We served 450 area fathers last year, and these new funding streams will enable us to impact even more fathers, improving the wellbeing of hundreds of children.”
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COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION WEBINAR IS NOW ONLINE
Ohio Commission on Fatherhood sponsored a Community Mobilization Webinar on October 30, 2014 featuring Fatherhood Clark County. In it, FCC Director Eli Williams presented an overview of Clark County's effort to create a sustainable movement to increase the number of local children who are growing up with the benefit of present, active, and skilled fathers.
Watch the Community Mobilization Webinar by clicking here.
To download the Webinar Power Point presentation, click here.