In nearly one month from today – June 15th – more than 200 public housing authorities across the country will host Father’s Day events as part of a HUD Initiative to reconnect fathers and their children who live in public housing or surrounding communities. These events also offer an opportunity to link dads with employment, health and educational resources in their community. HUD’s Father’s Day initiative is part of a larger Obama Administration effort to promote responsible fatherhood. In his first term, President Obama started a National Conversation on Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities and made the issue of fatherhood and at-risk youth a priority for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. President Obama has been one of our nation’s leaders on issues related to responsible fatherhood and he knows firsthand the power that fathers can have in the lives of their children, and the challenges families and communities face without committed fathers.
With Father’s Day just 30 days away, we are encouraging willing partners to join our effort by scheduling a “story hour” for fathers and kids at your local library or joining an your local Girls or Boys Club or YMCA at an event that’s already in the works. There may be volunteer opportunities for fathers and their children elsewhere in your community. Making these simple connections is worth the effort to promote the importance of fathers in a child’s life if you can help keep even one child from dropping out of school, using drugs or committing a crime, which statistics show are more likely to happen when children grow up without a father or father-figure in their lives. So, mark your calendars! Read more about HUD’s Father’s Day 2013 Initiative and the White House’s Fatherhood initiative at www.fatherhood.gov.