"Before starting the fatherhood program, I felt like I was drowning."
---Fatherhood Program Participant
The Upstate 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 Greenville office has weekly group sessions on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and again from 6-8 p.m.
The Spartanburg office has weekly group sessions at the same times: on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and again from 6-8 p.m.
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.