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SINGLE FATHERS


I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER

 

Years ago, in a church I pastored, we had a young man who had lost his wife, but he had three small children.  He would arrive at the assemble with a Bible and pampers under one arm and a baby on the other, with the other two children scampering around to lovingly help their dad .  We joyfully watched him lovingly care for those young children, and never miss a service or opportunity to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.  The church was delighted to help him while he was with us, and we all knew that it was with sacrifice that he could keep his family together.  Few of us have thought much about the single father.  We all know much of single mothers struggling to keep their families together and that is a major problem in our society.  My life is devoted to help all such mothers.  My purpose here is to point out that there are many wonderful, sacrificial single fathers sacrificing for their children.  I want to help them.  In another experience we had a single father family visit us.  The mother had gone to the hospital  with what she thought was a minor problem, and through medical neglect, a few hours later she was dead leaving a husband and four or five small children.  It was a blessing to see how well the father and children were adapting, but the sacrifice was obvious.  They had good extended family members and an amazing little ten year old girl who was acting as “mother”.  It was inspirational to see how well they were functioning, but it was very obvious that they had many needs.  I want to help single fathers!

A Ministry for Single Fathers

Recently I discovered a six year old ministry for single men, and I’d like to share it with you.  It is called Thee Brother’s Keeper.  It is directed by Mr. George Griepp.  I will quote from his brochure:

Thee Brother’s Keeper is a non-profit agency dedicated to addressing the needs of single father participants and their children.

Single father veterans, we are here to help you! Please call us so we can connect you with services we provide and with our partner agencies to further assist you.

Single father participants in crisis face many obstacles. They encounter barriers to employment, financial challenges, legal obligations, family issues, and housing dilemmas.

Thee Brother’s Keeper assists through nutrition education, vocational guidance, peer counseling, budgeting services, and technology training to allow single father participants to become independent single father families in the community.

There is a shortage of quality programs providing services for this single father family demographic. This places a heavy burden on these programs and creates a repetitive dependency that is hard to break.

Provision of transportation, housing, childcare, clothing, legal, organizational, budgeting, and nutrition assistance will allow single father participants to improve their quality of life and enable them to raise their children as successful single father participants and insure their children’s futures.

Assisting single fathers

Who have full custody of children

from dependence to independence

An IRS (501) (C) (3) Public Charity

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