TEAM DAD has been offering its Fathering Connection classes in local county jails for almost two years now. We call the effort: Never Leave A Dad Behind. Most participants have responded favorably. Every week finds real men taking responsibility for their actions, and expressing a desire to become the dads their kids deserve.
The latest jail to partner with TEAM DAD is in Hamblen County. Four men completed the inaugural class. Not only did they get something from the experience, they penned a letter of thanks to the Jail Administration suggesting the Fathering Connection could benefit other inmates:
We the inmates of the Hamblen County Workhouse who participated in the TEAM DAD program greatly appreciate the opportunity.
We have learned a lot about budgeting our finances, communication with our children’s mother, and avoiding domestic violence situations.
Because of this program, we now have greater hope and the tools we need to break the cycle of being incarcerated and to be better fathers to our children.
We think this program will benefit the fathers in the rest of the jail population.
Again Thank You for the opportunity to participate in this program.
Those are strong words from four men who have made a decision that can positively impact their families for generations to come. Men who have chosen not to make excuses but to make a difference. Men who want to build a legacy. It is an honor and a privilege to have such men on our team.
TEAM DAD’s Fathering Connection classes use material developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative in a discussion-based format that addresses issues common to all men. The sessions are offered to inmates in jail in Monroe, Cocke, Grainger and Hamblen counties. TEAM DAD is not just for men behind bars. The same classes are also available at no cost outside the jail to men in those same counties(as well as in Jefferson and Sevier). To find out how to join the TEAM and become the dad you have always wanted to be call 423-318-6914.