A note from our president – focusing on fathers

In May, in honor of Mother’s Day, we featured stories on a few of the mothers who have been involved with Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota recently.

Now that Father’s Day is near, we turn our focus to stories that are not only about the fathers we’ve worked with, but also about how our programs reach out to help them.

The evidence about the difference it makes in a child’s life to have an involved father is clear. The National Fatherhood Initiative reports that among other benefits, children with more involved fathers had fewer behavioral problems and scored higher on reading tests.

Photo of Guy BowlingThe FATHER Project is a program that assists fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. This issue of What’s Working features an interview with Guy Bowling, who has been part of the FATHER Project since its inception in 1999. He is now its Workforce Development Manager. Guy has helped turn the program into one that has received national recognition for being effective and innovative.

Finally, I want to say thanks to all our supporters, staff and business partners who helped to make this year’s Power of Work event on May 14 a huge success. Thanks to our dedicated network of caring and committed supporters we were able to raise nearly $210,000 to help us continue our efforts to prepare people for work.