"Before starting the fatherhood program, I felt like I was drowning."
---Fatherhood Program Participant
The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition offers education and services uniquely tailored for fathers trying to rebuild their lives and their families. We are devoted to helping men heal broken spirits and family relations, practice healthy parenting and gain productive stable employment. For we know that when fathers succeed in their fathering role, their children thrive.
A Lifeline for Fathers
The program is free thanks to support from the local community providing resources and financial donations. Most fathers learn of the program by word-of-mouth or referrals from community partners. Some fathers are court-ordered to participate in the program as an alternative to incarceration for non-payment of child support.
We have a goal-oriented program. Fathers and program staff work together to fashion a personalized One Man Plan. Services are offered weekly in peer support groups and one-on-one meetings to address individual needs and goals are scheduled daily. Father/child events are planned to provide opportunities for fathers and families to spend time together. Read more about our Program Services.
Peer Support Groups meet:The Aiken County Site has weekly group sessions on Monday evenings 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the site's office, which is located at 1476 Columbia Highway North in Aiken. Please call the office for more directions.
The Fairfield County Site has weekly group sessions on Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the site's office in downtown Winnsboro at 201 Moultrie Street. Please call the office for more directions.
The Lexington County Site has weekly group sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and on Thursday's from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the site's office at 943 East Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072. Please call the office for more directions.
The Richland County Site has weekly group sessions on Monday afternoons from 12-2 p.m., on Tuesday evenings from 5-7:00 p.m., at Allen Universityâs Campus Mall, 2300 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29204. Please call the office for more directions.
The Sumter County Site has weekly group sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 12 p.m., at the site's office located at 687 N. Guignard Drive Sumter. Please call the office for more directions.
Resource to Businesses and the Community
We are a resource not only to fathers, but also to businesses seeking able-bodied men to work. We can help identify a father who is ready to work and has the skills you need in a reliable employee. Our staff can even provide on-going job coaching to help a father deal with issues that arise at work and transportation until he can find reliable transportation on his own. Contact our office to meet our job recruiter and to discuss your employment needs.
What's more, we are a resource to our community. We have worked with fathers for more than a decade and understand their situation and how to work with them to achieve success. We are available to discuss impact of father absence in our nation and community, the challenges fathers face to being engaged and responsible fathers and how community organizations, churches, and government can offer father-friendly services and create a positive community that supports fathers. Contact our executive director to schedule a presentation or individual meeting to learn more about this unique community resource.
The community, our volunteers, partners, and the fathers in our program believe in what we have created and look forward to continuing to transform our vision of fatherhood engagement into reality.