Commitment to Change rallies dads to make a positive effort

Mar 7, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

IMG_0087[1]Several hundred Northeast Florida dads and their family members came out to the Edward Waters College Student Center on Saturday, March 5 to commit to improve their current situation and their relationship with their children. The Commitment to Change Rally, the Northeast Florida Fatherhood Task Force’s inaugural event, featured speakers, a food giveaway, vendor fair and more.

The goal of the rally was to inspire fathers to make changes to their current employment, legal, financial, family or economic situations, to allow them to be better fathers. The event concluded with participants taking a pledge to be responsible fathers.

Approximately 5,000 pounds of food was distributed at the event. Featured vendors included the State Attorney’s Office, Boot Camp for New Dads, the Department of Health and more. Radio station 93.3 The Beat was on live at the event. Travis Pinckney served as event MC.

Molina Healthcare sponsored the rally. Donated items from Publix, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Omni hotel, the Jacksonville Suns, Grassroots Natural Market, the Jacksonville Armada and Batt Family Fun Center were raffled off during the event.

Commitment to Change Fatherhood Rally

Jan 27, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

iStock_000016287227LargeNortheast Florida fathers are invited to a rally on March 5th that focuses on the commitment to improve their current situation and their children. The Commitment to Change Rally, the Northeast Florida Fatherhood Task Force’s inaugural event, will be held at the Edward Waters College Athletic Center from 12-3 pm.

The goal of the rally is to inspire fathers to make changes to their current employment, legal, financial, family or economic situations, to allow them to be better fathers.

Some of the highlights of rally include:

  • Educational materials
  • Door prizes
  • Male-focused service providers providing health screens, legal advice, assistance with restoring rights, record expungement, resume writing, job fairs, fair housing and more
  • Guest speakers will discuss the positive aspects of being apart of a fatherhood program, how involved fathers can shape the lives of their children and produce positive outcomes

The Northeast Florida Fatherhood Task Force began meeting in August 2015 to ensure children grow up with a responsible father in their life by addressing the significant and far-reaching challenges that men in the community face.

Healthy Start Holiday Wish List

Nov 2, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

Your donation can help moms like Shrew, a Magnolia Project participant who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jordan.

Your donation can help moms like Shrew, a Magnolia Project participant who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jordan.

Every day, the Coalition’s staff and community encounter families in need of items to help them be healthy and happy. This holiday season, please consider helping out.

Ways to help:

  • Please consider making a monetary contribution. Your tax deductible donation will help us meet the needs of families (like Shrew and Todd).  and continue to provide quality programming that makes sure EVERY baby has a healthy start.
  • Donate needed items to the Coalition:
    • HIGH NEED Diapers
    • HIGH NEED Toothbrushes & toothpaste
    • HIGH NEED Books for ages 0-3
    • Personal hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, etc.
    • Gift cards (gas stations, grocery stores)
    • Household products: cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.

Contact Sara Rieger at 904.723.5422 x124 or srieger@nefhsc.org for information on how to donate.

Growing Responsible Fathers program to provide comprehensive services to dads

Oct 15, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

iStock_000007275271MediumThe Healthy Start Coalition was awarded a five-year grant from the Administration for Children & Families to provide comprehensive fatherhood services to dads in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.

The Coalition’s “Growing Responsible Fathers” program will strengthen and expand responsible fatherhood, employment, housing, health care, mentoring and recidivism reduction services through case management, referrals and group classes.

The Coalition established fatherhood as a priority in 2009-2014 Service Delivery Plan. Due to the growing need for Fatherhood Responsibility and its impact on Maternal Child Health, the Coalition has developed a Fatherhood Initiative Task Force for Northeast Florida region and plans to collaborate with area fatherhood providers. The program will build on the foundations established by the Coalition and the Florida Department of Revenue – Child Support Enforcement Department’s “Bringing Relief, Education and Assets to Children and their Household” Project (BREACH), which ceased services in August 2014.

The needs of referred fathers will be assessed and addressed through a three-tier case management system, that will include a text message personalized education and reminder system, peer mentorship, group classes and a variety of community referrals, including but not limited to financial literacy classes through Real$ense, employment assistance through the Jacksonville Urban League, fatherhood training using evidence-based curricula from the National Fatherhood Initiative and more.

Program and partner agency staff will also receive training on domestic violence and preventing, detecting and reporting child abuse. The Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives at the University of North Florida will serve as local project evaluator.

Changes coming to Florida KidCare full pay program

Sep 2, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

2linelo [Converted]Beginning October 1, families enrolled in the Florida KidCare full-pay program will be shifted to Affordable Care Act-compliant plans with premiums up to 95 percent higher than the previous plans.

The cost of the subsidized Florida KidCare plans — for those families under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level — will remain the same ($0, $15 or $20 per month), although the available providers may change. The increase in premiums impacts coverage for children in families with income exceeding 200 percent of the FPL— an amount greater than $48,500 for a family of four.