Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Volunteers’ experience shared through Catholic Charities’ Fatherhood Project

the Inland Register

(From the August 20, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Experienced fathers offer support and perspective to young dads through the Fatherhood Project, part of Catholic Charities Spokane’s Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program. (IR photo courtesy of Carlos Alden)

The Fatherhood Project is part of Spokane Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) program. Between 6-8 fathers are helped through a weekly group, offering mutual support in a safe atmosphere, social events for Dads and their families, resource speakers, service projects for the community, and long-term relationship building with Volunteer Mentor Fathers.

The Fatherhood Project has been in place since January 2011. Participants meet over pizza and coffee and strive to be better fathers by sharing experiences and supporting each other.

Young fathers learn from the experiences of other fathers. Not only are they able get support for challenges they face, but they connect personally with dads and mentors from a wide variety of backgrounds. This helps decrease the isolation that is prevalent among many young men in what can be stressful situations. The men in the Fatherhood Project help provide real-life advice, suggestions, and role modeling for parenting and relationship support.

For many of the dads in the program, the Fatherhood Project is a weekly source of inspiration and hope and confidence. The Project helps fathers learn to see long-term life goals and put things in perspective.

Volunteer Mentor Fathers spend two hours a week, in a facilitated group, providing a caring and empathic presence for other men trying to be good dads. All training, costs, and activities are planned and taken care of. Volunteers provide the most valuable ingredient: themselves.

(For more information about being a Volunteer Mentor Father with The Fatherhood Project, call Carlos Alden, Project Coordinator: 455-4966.)

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