Strong Fathers is a Strong Beginnings fatherhood initiative open to all males with a child under the age of 2 years old. Strong Fathers is designed to assist men in raising healthy children, and encourages a father’s active role in supporting their families. Strong Fathers will connect Dad’s to available resources offered in Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. Our Fatherhood Coordinator or male Community Health Worker will meet with fathers in their homes to provide support, education, and encouragement. Fathers will receive support from the start of the mothers' pregnancy through the first two years of their babies’ lives.
D.A.D. Talk (Dads All Day): Educational series designed to provide a comprehensive set of tools, and strategies for fathers. Dad’s talk provides support to fathers on their journey to build a solid family foundation for their children, families, and the community as a whole.
Barber Shop Talk: Open forum discussions that take place at local Barber Shops during business hours. All present during the discussion are welcomed to participate. Barber Shop Talk encourages conversation within the developed five core values needed to promote positive fatherhood interactions. Conversations also highlight ways to enhance family and community life. Please contact Strong Fathers upcoming events and locations (616)-331-5838
-Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP): The goal of the EBPP program is to enhance and expand parenting skills in all participants. Each attendee receives tools and tips to guide their children's development away from delinquency. Parents receive an in-depth course on ways to engage their children and promote healthy parenting outcomes. Topics covered include teen dropout rates, substance abuse, self-worth, and the promotion of pride in their heritage.
24/7 DAD: was developed by the NFI (National Fatherhood Initiative) The program is designed to provide a comprehensive set of tools, strategies, and exercises for fathers to promote their personal growth. 24/7 Dad encourages men to become the kinds of fathers their children and families need to promote positive family outcomes.
The fatherhood programs nurtures group ownership, and encourages participants to work toward a common goal.
We find resources
Strong Fathers proudly collaborates with other community programs and area agency’s to provide resources such as employment, housing, and legal aide.
We provide agency assessments
Do you want to increase the roles of males in your agency’s services? Do men seem uncomfortable in your agency? The Strong Fathers assessment tool can help you figure out where your agency rates in its readiness to involve men in health services. If your organization falls short in the completion of male services and participation, contact Strong Fathers, and let us create an action plan to help bridge the gap on your journey to become a male-friendly environment.
We celebrate being Dads
Strong Fathers is committed to connecting dads and kids. That includes fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and father figures. We are serious about fatherhood, and have fun along the way. We battle fatherlessness, but celebrate every father who simply chooses to be there for his son or daughter. We are committed to motivating dads to connect with their kids on all levels.
Strong Fathers host multiple free family friendly events and activities throughout Kent County all year long, events range from sports activities to community gardening. Strong Fathers collaborates with area organizations and community leaders to both deliver fun and educational events to Dads and their loved ones.
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