Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. “inspires to rise” up dads with help from new community partner

Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. is now collaborating with Inspire to Rise, Inc. for a holistic approach to educating dads in our Northeast Florida community with a combined goal of keeping families together through providing access to care and tools to heal. Classes on parenting/co-parenting and male responsibility expanded into the Inspire to Rise community center began on June 17th and will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM.

Inspire to Rise was founded on April 13, 2018 by CEO Aida Seeraj and her family. After 20+ years in the child welfare sector, including work at a foster care agency that had a focus on reunification between fathers and children, Aida had this epiphany of how “we” as a collective community can serve others.

Their mission is to “inspire and empower children, families and individuals to rise, overcome and shine through their most challenging moments in life and become their best self.

Classes offered through Inspire to Rise licensed staff include financial literacy, relationship and sexual health, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. They are also a certified Medicaid provider, offer substance-abuse counseling and target a lot of the same focuses as Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. and the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, so it made sense to partner together to reach and build up more dads. They offer participants recreational and therapeutic lessons and benefits through arts, yoga, dance, music and more which will provide dads more paths to healing and becoming their best self for their children.

The goal of this partnership is for families from the 32210 and surrounding areas not to have to take the bus or get a ride to downtown Jacksonville where the only Fatherhood classes were held prior. The issue of dads and families not having access to the services they need is eliminated. The Inspire to Rise center is on the same property as Providence Christian Fellowship. As an organization, we are excited to tap into the faith-based community. Many dads and families need spiritual healing, and this component wasn’t a part of the Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. program before this partnership.

According to collected data*, the 32210 zip code is facing many high-risk health issues such as high infant mortality rate, crime rate and counts of residents facing mental health and substance-use illnesses. Due to these community ailments, an average of 150 children are impacted each year by their families’ struggles.

In reference to the high reports of health issues, we know our dads and families in the area will benefit from the classes that Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. are now offering at Inspire to Rise.

Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. serves dad in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties and is open to several more partnerships like the one developed with Inspire to Rise to reach and teach dads everywhere through expansion of our services. We also have partnership meetings on how organizations can focus on best ways to reach all dads in Northeast Florida. If you have an interest in partnering, contact Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. Director Jack Johnson at (904) 646-8942.

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