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FATHER Project

The FATHER Project’s home in the Coliseum Building in Minneapolis was damaged in the recent unrest. Our team is eager to serve you virtually or in person; call us at 612-724-3539, or fill out this online form for more information. We are still here for you!

Founded in 1999 by the City of Minneapolis, the FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project became a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in 2004. Since then, the FATHER Project has served thousands of fathers through an extensive network of community partners.

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

Proven Results

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 outcomes have shown increased parenting skills, educational achievement, job placement and benefits for the children of participating families.

  • Case management: a professional father advocate provides expert consultation on issues facing fathers and support for effective parenting.
  • Parenting support: parenting classes help fathers learn practical skills and receive support from other fathers in similar circumstances.
  • Child support services: Child support staff works with FATHER Project; from paternity to payment issues, we help fathers understand and improve their situation.
  • Father and family activities: fun and educational activities provide fathers, children and family members with important opportunities to strengthen relationships.
  • Employment services: we offer comprehensive employment services, including job search support and career development.
    • GED tutoring: Services temporarily suspended.

Contact Us (all parents welcome)

Twin Cities

FATHER Project
553 Fairview Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104


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