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IMPACT REPORT:2020 IMPACT REPORT: 2020 Proudly Affiliated with Eskenazi Health

OUR MISSION Building noble legacies of fatherhood – assisting fathers in achieving self-sufficiency and in strengthening families to improve the life chances of children.

Board of Directors Julie M. Conrad, JD Eskenazi Health Lori Handy, PhD Ivy Tech Community College Charlie Harris Message from the President/CEO EmployIndy Dear Friends, supporters helped us fill the gap so that we Brady Jacoba could continue to serve and support fathers Lauth Group, LLC Clearly, 2020 was an unprecedented, chaotic and families in need – like we have done for and confusing year. Our country reeling from over 28 years and advocacy. And…we are John Kunzer, MD (Vice Chair) COVID 19 amid the outcries of social and racial grateful. Community Health Network injustice rocking our communities, seemed to have placed normalcy on hold. Yet I am proud And we will continue to weather the Kevin Kuruzar (Treasurer) to say that our mission was never placed on storm…because we have too much work to CREA, LLC pause. Even during this time, we continued to do. Stay safe and well. serve and support primarily fathers and families Clinton McKay of color in some of the most disenfranchised Sincerely, CM Strategic Solutions neighborhoods in our community through virtual education, employment, mental health Wallace O. McLaughlin, PhD counseling and other support services. Fathers and Families Center Ian Nicolini Indy Chamber Bob Ripperger (Secretary) Staff rose to the occasion. Quickly creating Ret - Fathers and Families Center home offices so that we could respond to participants asking for assistance, needing help Marshall Shackelford in understanding what was going on in our Mays Chemical Company communities and a lifeline to regain their footing for family and financial stability. Most Cheryl Slagle importantly, we provided hope for the future Managed Health Services during this difficult time. And…it worked. We were able to serve over 1,500 fathers and Andrew Vento families; provide over $68,000 in financial Ice Miller support; connect them to new jobs… Christopher Walker (Chair) Sadly, we had to cancel our annual Faces of Cummins, Inc. Father hood luncheon – or major fundraiser-due to the pandemic. However, our friends and Marlon M. Webb supporters – individuals and corporate The Veridus Group

In 2020… CORE PROGRAMS Strong Fathers We served over 1,500 fathers and families; touching over 4,800 children’s lives. Workforce We also helped them to address: Development Family Support BASIC NEEDS Provided over $68,000 to assist food, clothing, personal care items, legal DIRECTED LEARNING service, work clothes/equipment, transportation, rent/utility assistance or other barrier removals that impact stability and employability EMPLOYMENT Placed participants in 160+ full time jobs with an average starting wage of $15.45 EDUCATION AND TRAINING Awarded over 150 education and training certificates, ranging from high school equivalency diplomas to advanced training certifications in IT. MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH Provided over 700 hours of mental health and substance abuse counseling to individuals and couples. Over 500 health screenings were provided. Over 200 participants enrolled in health care plans. ADVOCACY AND OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES .

Supporters Building a Noble Legacy of Fatherhood

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Financials* *Unaudited Financials. The difference on revenue and expense is due to multi-year grants posted in 2019.

Success Stories

Not all Superheroes Wear Capes MEET create community gardens in areas that are often called food deserts, particularly healthy food deserts. It did not ALEXANDER take long before his efforts took off. He was recognized as a “Young Urban Gardener” that continued to plant not just Alexander has always been seeds…but seeds of hope throughout his community…all in his children’s lives -and it before he turned 13. Little did he know that that others did not matter if they were were watching as well…and those” others” were Disney+. his: “biologically” or not. He Soon Austin and his work became part of the Marvel Hero was and is their dad and the Project and is featured on Disney+. love goers both ways. However, Alexander wanted What about the other siblings? Through some coaching by to be an even better Dad their mom, the sisters wanted to get in on the action. Since and provider for all his one of them had severe eczema, they started making children. He needed to soaps and other body care products out of the herbs their address some health issues as brother grew in the garden. Before they knew it, they were well as resolve some challenges regarding his CDL license. in business and The Season Sisters company was born (with sisters Wynter, Autumn and the youngest sister Spryng -age 9 All the above is why Alexander came to Fathers and Families at the helm!). Center in fall 2019. He came -he focused – and he transformed his life and became a role model for his children. He learned Dad is bursting with pride, about engaged parenting and how to help his daughter with but so are they. reading. He honed his job readiness skills. He also knew that if he Alexander secured a job was going to be able to be with his kids he needed to focus on with Tee Wheels Trucking his health. Done! The final challenge was getting his CDL license as a contracted driver reinstated. Success! earning $25/hr. He is looking to move into a While Alex worked hard…his kids watched and got to work. Life new home; managing his was still hard. Sometimes there was not enough food on the table finances; and is looking for to feed the family. In fact, frustrated with being hungry, his son ways to impact his Austin decided to take this challenge on – one seedling at a community. I think we time. He started a garden to help feed the family…and the have not just one garden grew. I mean—really grew – and he had an idea. As he superhero – but a whole saw the fruits (mainly vegetables) of his labor, he knew he had to family of heroes! help neighbors who were probably hungry too. He started to

Hope for THEIR Future MEET BRYAN quote Bryan came to FFC to obtain his driver’s license, employment, CDL license, and stable housing to have a safe place for his children. He was just released from prison and was homeless – often spending nights at Wheeler Mission. He immersed himself in the Strong Fathers and engaged fully in classes; followed up with staff regularly and keeping all appointments. As he graduated from the Strong Fathers program, he began working with the Workforce Development team to find a job. Bryan first obtained employment through new FFC employer partner The Job Center while he was in the process of applying to Ray’s Trash for employment and CDL training. He put in appropriate notice to The Job Center when he was hired at Ray’s Trash. Bryan worked with FFC partner Chris Grider (local attorney) to get his driver’s license reinstated so he could pursue his CDL dream. The Workforce Development team also helped Bryan obtain funding through Next Level Jobs for CDL classes through Vincennes University in November 2020. He gave appropriate notice with Ray’s Trash so he could attend classes. He graduated with his Certificate on Christmas Eve with Ray’s Trash Service welcoming him back as a driver, making substantially more money. As a single father, he is proud that he can provide a safe, loving home for his five children with hope for their future. Bryan completed all of this within 1 year…

“Other things may change us, To learn more about our vision, mission and but w e start and end with impact, and how YOU the family.”~Anthony Brandt can make a difference, please contact: Dr. Wallace McLaughlin President/CEO at (317) 921-5950 [email protected] Fathers and Families Center 2835 North Illinois Street Indianapolis, IN 46208 (317) 921-5935

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