This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.
New program gives young dads supportNewborns and little children don’t come with directions. Ask any parent and they will likely say that they did the best they knew how — and hoped it was right.
A new program has been established through the Family Resource Center to address issues of being a parent and particularly a dad — a young dad.
“There are very few places that men can get together to talk about the challenges of being a father,” said Cheryl Walraven. “And even more specifically, to talk about those challenges that may be facing ‘young’ dads.” | Read story
Life was slipping, but man got traction
Carl Anderson is home for the holidays. He was last year, too. But last year, home was a 16th Street Mall bench, or a mattress at the Denver Rescue Mission.
He was homeless last Christmas. He is homeless no more.
Now, Anderson has an apartment. His wife, Tammy, is with him. And their daughter, Kirelle.
Last year, he was alone and wasn't sure where he was going to sleep.
Families First turns lives around
It's been more than 20 years since Families First officially opened its doors to begin helping abused children, but it really started two years before that.
It began when Firstel, a Denver corporation, sponsored a contest among employees to design a service project that could develop into a corporate partnership with the community. That's how Families First was born.
Today the agency runs a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children and offers parent support groups, parenting classes, a children's group, infant massage instruction and a family support hotline.
Fathers Reading Every Day
As we approach the season of giving, many Nuggets players have been out in the community. Anthony Carter was recently at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library promoting the Fathers Reading Every Day program. This program encourages fathers to spend time with their kids by reading with them and is part of the Be There for Your Kids campaign.
A Father's Presence Impacts A Child's Well-Being More Than Ever This Holiday Season
Due to job layoffs, increased costs and other economic issues, many Coloradans will be buying less this holiday season. It is important to remember, however, that having fewer presents won’t result in an unhappy holiday. Spending time together as a family during the holidays means more than rushing to the mall to buy gifts. This December, Colorado dads will follow that advice as they make their children, not presents, their priority.| Read story
Encouraging dads and their kids to read together daily
In today’s world, where literacy means power and opportunity, the importance of reading cannot be stressed enough. The results of a poll commissioned by the National Center for Fathering in June 2008 indicated that 56 percent of fathers read to their children at least one to two times per month. In addition, a study released by the U.S. Department of Education indicated that when fathers take an active role in their children’s education they are more likely to earn A’s and less likely to repeat a grade. In an effort to increase child literacy and improve paternal relationships, Colorado dads and their children are joining together this month to read with the Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) program.| Read story
Business Briefs: Fatherhood awards
Ira E. Slack Women's Missionary Society and Urban Colors Arts & Mentoring received $3,000 Fatherhood Resource Center awards from the National Fatherhood Initiative.| Read story
Powers earns father awardThere are good dads, great dads, deadbeat dads. ...
And then there is the best dad in Colorado, the award Shalako "Shak" Powers received from the Colorado Department of Human Services.
More than 50 organizations participating in fatherhood programs across Colorado nominated a dad for the honor of Father of the Year. The Piñon Project Family Resource Center in Cortez chose Powers, and the human services department agreed. | Read story
Shoes tell tales of domestic violence
The shoes tell the story.
Close to 200 pairs displayed Monday on the lawn of the state Capitol. Flip-flops. Sparkly dress shoes. Tennis shoes. A child's first shoes - size 1.
Each pair represented a life touched by domestic violence.
Walk In Her Shoes
October is National Domestic Violence Month. Monday, many people are coming together in an effort to stop domestic violence.
The event is called Walk In Her Shoes, and it's Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the west steps of the State Capitol.
The rally will mark the 30th anniversary of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence will also launch at the rally.