The mission of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is to eliminate barriers
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FATHER Project

FATHER Project

About the program

Founded in 1999, the FATHER 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.

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


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.

Our collaborative partners

Close collaboration with non-profit and government partners helps make the FATHER Project effective.


Our stories

Goodwill launching Gina + Will resale shop
New student-focused shop will open its doors at the Venue in Dinkytown

Minnesota Hospital Association honors FATHER Project
The awards just keep rolling in for Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota's FATHER Project! Last month, the Minnesota Hospital Association was the latest to honor the program and staff.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Marches for St. Cloud Veterans
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has hired a full-time Military Services Coordinator dedicated to providing access to critical services for our St. Cloud area veterans, military members, and their families.

Solutions for families living in poverty revealed - news release
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services hosted a day of discovery and unveiled leading-edge solutions for families living in poverty.

Please contact us for more information: 651-379-5800

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Testimonials from our FATHER Project participants

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  • Minneapolis (main office)

  • Park Rapids

  • Rochester

  • St. Paul

  • St. Cloud