Program gives dads a gift of hope, a second chance
Barry Carter profiles three men currently enrolled in a very cool program at Newark Now that provides comprehensive support for fathers in the city.
And Happy Father’s Day to you, Jesus Rios. His father named him after Christ, and there’s a resurrection occurring within. Rios, 41, has reconnected with his family and three daughters. They have accepted him and the mistakes he’s made that took him to prison and out of their lives.
The stories of these Newark men have one common denominator — The National Comprehensive Center for Fathers in Philadelphia. The self-help program has been replicated in Newark by Newark Now, an organization started by Mayor Cory Booker. It helps men who have lost their jobs, who are re-entering the work force from prison and who want to be better fathers.