September 30, 2015

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families enables another fatherhood success story

Bruce Simmons was unemployed and had newborn twins to support, as well as children that did not live in his home. For help in finding a job and being an active part of his children’s lives, he turned to the Father to Father Project, which is part of a network of fatherhood programs reaching across South Carolina that is supported and coordinated by the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

Not wanting to miss a session of the program’s employability boot camp, Simmons brought his twins to the boot camp and was diligent in his job search until he found full-time employment. He participated regularly in group sessions, has been consistent in his children's lives, maintained employment and kept up with his support payments.

One he became employed, he immediately signed up for wage garnishment to be able to pay child support. He has made consistent, full payments for the past three months. Simmons attends sessions weekly and fully participates, and is taking full responsibility for his actions and his future.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, supports six fatherhood programs in 12 communities across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices, and helping to erase society's negative stereotype of unwed, low-income dads.

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