The eight-week Fatherhood Program provides support to men who want to reconnect with their families and be a positive presence in their children’s lives.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 16, 2020) – The social isolation imposed by the coronavirus pandemic has strained many family relationships, including those of non-custodial fathers and their children. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers free resources for men who want to reconnect with their families and be a positive presence in the lives of their children.
The Y’s Fatherhood Program, temporarily interrupted by the pandemic shutdown, resumes this Monday, June 22 at the John R. Grubb YMCA in Des Moines. Eight weekly classes, each two hours in length, address a wide range of topics pertinent to fathers, including Life Skills, Dealing with Stress, Communication and Active Listening, Coping with Discrimination, Navigating the Child Support System, and more. Group discussions, coaching and mentoring are important elements of each class session.
Dr. Benjamin Bell, Fatherhood Outreach Director for the Y, says the goal of the program is to help men better understand their role and responsibilities as fathers, and provide a path for them to become more active, engaged fathers to their children. “Working with partner agencies, we can assist with obstacles, like back child support, that might be preventing men from connecting with their children,” Bell said.
This is the 13th year for the Y’s Fatherhood Program, which serves 150-200 men each year. The eight-week curriculum is offered free of charge on a rolling basis, allowing men to join the program at any time. Classes are held on Mondays from 5-7 p.m. at the John R. Grubb Community YMCA, 1611 11th Street in Des Moines. For more information, contact the Grubb Y at 246-0791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.