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All across the U.S. public housing authorities are gearing up for a Father’s Day weekend like no other. Approximately 200 agencies in cities across the country answered HUD’s call to host Father’s Day 2011 events on Saturday, June 18th – the day before the official Father’s Day – to celebrate fatherhood, family and to support dads in staying connected with their children.
Participating fathers will also have access to important education, health and employment resources. From coast to coast, public housing authorities are also partnering with other federal agencies – including Health and Human Services, Labor, Agriculture, Justice and Education – to link families with critical services to help them grow and thrive together.
In some communities athletes from the NFL and NBA, along with organizations such as the National Fatherhood Initiative and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will team up to make this Father’s Day weekend a valuable experience for fathers and families.
Saturday’s events speak directly to President Obama’s recently announced Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, Strong Fathers, Strong Families. Children with involved fathers grow up happier, healthier and better prepared to succeed in life. HUD hopes the resources provided at these events will leave fathers feeling stronger and better prepared in their desire to be the best parents they can be.
When statistics show that one out of three American kids goes to bed in a home without a father present, this Saturday will send a clear message that fatherhood is both important and rewarding. To see what housing authorities are hosting events in your area, visit Father’s Day 2011 Housing Authorities.