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Goodwill-Easter Seals FATHER Project

The FATHER Project’s mission is to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally.

Founded in 1999, the FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project was originally administered by the City of Minneapolis and became a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in 2004. Since then, the FATHER Project has served hundreds of fathers in the community through our extensive network of collaborative partners. The FATHER Project has received national recognition as an effective and innovative program and, in 2012, received federal grant funding to expand to other Minnesota communities. We have two locations in Minneapolis (main office) and St. Paul.


A Return on Investment study by the Wilder foundation showed a long-term financial return of $3.41 for each dollar invested in the FATHER Project. Evaluation results have shown increased parenting skills, educational achievement, job placement, and benefits of the children of participating families.

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