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June 15, 2017

Father Focus: Terence Myers

Terence Myers graduated from the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition Fatherhood Program in May 2017.

 

After spending some time in jail, Terence Myers realized he needed to get his life back on track and he wanted to do that before reconnecting with the mother of his children. Upon his release, he moved into a homeless shelter and started working with SC Vocational Rehabilitation to secure employment. It was there that he learned about the programs offered at Midlands Fatherhood Coalition.

He enrolled at MFC in July 2016 and started mapping his personal goals for his One Man Plan process. Myers' plan focused on finding employment, growing his relationship with his children and getting his GED.

Finding a job is difficult for anyone with a criminal record, but the program's job readiness training and MFC's partnership with local employers helped Terence get a job at a Columbia food processing plant. After a period of sustained employment and income, he was encouraged to reconnect with his children and their mother. His commitment to making a new start for himself helped rebuild the relationship with his family. He left the homeless shelter and moved in with his family. He recently proposed to his children's mother and a wedding date has been set for the end of this year.

Terence completed the fatherhood curriculum and graduated from the program in May. He is currently taking classes toward his GED and he and his fiancee have plans to own and operate a barbershop.

From the start, it was evident Terence was driven to get himself in a better position to be a provider and positive role model for his family. The training, guidance and peer support he received at MFC gave him what he needed to do it.