NORFOLK — Fatherhood is challenging, and it’s even more difficult when a man has spent time behind bars.
The Up Center is looking to ease that burden for young dads through their “Strengthening Fathers” program, which is slated to launch on April 1.
The program will help dads, aged 16 to 24, reenter society and their family lives after periods of incarceration at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. In many cases, the men will have served time for felony offenses, said Program Manager Dana Watson.
“The community is being awakened to the fact that we need our fathers in our community,” said Up Center Chief Program Officer Andrea Long. “[With] the absence of our fathers being able to sustain themselves and being contributing assets to their families, families will continue to suffer.”
“Strengthening Fathers” is the product of a $350,000 grant awarded to the Up Center by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. …