Dallas’ Anthem Strong Families‘ mission is “to be the champions for our community by education, equipping and empowering men, women and youth to be the champion for their life, their marriage, their children and their family.”
One example of their work is Jon Correra. After serving seven years in a federal prison and now a single father of three, he explained, “My life was changed tremendously by going through the ASF program. I no longer look at life the same. The way I deal with my anger and how I approach my children is changed because of this program. Now I intentionally work to be accountable to my family.”
But to help Jon and others in similar situations takes money. Thanks to federal grants totaling $15M from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance, ASF will be able to fund two programs over the next five years partnering with Office of the Mayor, City of Dallas, Gateway Foundation, TX., Wesley Rankin Community Center, The Honorable Judge Lela Mays, Dallas County Adult Probation Department of Family Protective Services, Los Barrios Unidos, The Law Offices of Erika N. Salter, Dallas Healthy Start, Mi Escuelita Preschool, North Texas Food Bank, Child and Family Guidance Center, Harmony Community Development Corporation, Garland Independent School District, Southern Dallas Links, Inc., Trinity Restoration Ministries, Shiloh Church, Apartment Finders/JPG Properties, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Volunteers of America (Hutchins) and Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Counseling Services.
The first program is “Family, Relationship and Marriage Education Works (Frameworks)” that will “provide classes, mini-clinics and workshops to empower adult men and women to build skills to create healthy relationships with tools for problem solving, dealing constructively with their emotions, stress, financial literacy and parenting.”
The second is “Fatherhood-Family-Focused, Interconnected, Resilient and Essential (FIRE)” that is “designed for adult fathers and men taking on the role of father, 18-years-old and older who are raising children 24-years or younger.”
ASF plans to “utilize award-winning and nationally-acclaimed evidence and skills-based programs in a unique program offered both in-person and on zoom in both English- and Spanish-speaking classes, activities and mini-clinics that address an array of tools and insight for participants and their families.”
According to ASF Founder/CEO Cosette Bowles, “The need to strengthen families in Dallas and surrounding counties is great and while these funds are generous, this is only the beginning of reaching scale. However, with the funds from these grants we are excited to be able to continue to expand our reach toward Hispanic men, women and their families and offer culturally-appropriate services.”
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