OUR THIRD
FATHERS MATTER FORUM

6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, IN.

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DJ Construction has a heart for the kids of our community and wants to help individuals and churches find spots where they can plug in and help our young people connect.

Presenting, the Third Fathers Matter Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Northern Indiana Event Center
The public is invited for dessert and a presentation by Carey Casey, founder and CEO of Championship Fathering.
His appearance is co-sponsored by DJ Construction and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.
You can register for this free event by filling out the form below.

About the speaker:

Carey Casey, founder and CEO of Championship Fathering, is best known as a compassionate ambassador and speaker, particularly within the American sports community. As the former CEO of the National Center for Fathering (NCF), Casey has earned a reputation as a dynamic communicator, especially on the topic of men being good fathers. He is also author of the book, Championship Fathering: How to Win at Being a Dad and General Editor of the book 21-Day Dad’s Challenge: Three Weeks to a Better Relationship With Your Kids. His most recent book is Championship Grandfathering: How to Build a Winning Legacy.

Carey is also currently a pastor at Lawndale Christian Community Church — an inner-city church on Chicago’s west-side, recognized by the George H. W. Bush Points of Light Foundation. This vibrant church helps empower the community with health care, housing, education and economic growth.

From 2009 – 2016, Carey served on the White House Task Force for Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage. He also served as a member of the executive committee of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, which promoted responsible fatherhood policy, research, advocacy and practice. In June of 2012, Carey was selected as a Fatherhood Champion of Change, as part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative, honoring those individuals shaping the fatherhood field and fathers themselves through their diligent work as “Fatherhood Champions of Change.”

Casey joined NCF in March, 2006, after 18 years in various roles with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, most recently as president of the FCA Foundation, gaining significant leadership experience with a large, successful, national nonprofit organization. His career has also included serving as chaplain at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry, and chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs. He continues to speak on life issues for numerous professional and college sports teams across America.

Carey has also served as a lecturer at the World Congress on Sports, the college football Senior Bowl, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention at the Final Four, and the Super Bowl. He has been featured in many local and national publications and broadcasts, including Focus on the Family’s radio broadcast and webcast, “Fox and Friends,” ESPN.com and ESPN’s “Quite Frankly” with Stephen A. Smith.

In high school, Carey played in the 1971 Virginia State Championship football game—the game that was later dramatized in the award-winning movie, “Remember the Titans”. Carey is still friends with former Titans coach Herman Boone and many of the other people who were portrayed in the movie.

Carey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a running back, he helped lead the school’s football team to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 1977. Carey was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in his home town of Salem, VA, and was Alumnus of the Year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Carey also attended seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary on a Billy Graham scholarship, and Virginia Union University School of Theology in their M-Div programs.

Carey and his wife Melanie live in Chicago, IL. They are parents of four children and have nine grandchildren.

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HOMES ARE LIKE BUILDINGS…

…sometimes they need TLC and an extra set of hands to fill gaps. Building a healthy family takes time, practice and faith. Churches and individuals in our community can fill gaps that sometimes happen, but the kids in our community’s homes, in particular, need our love, time, and mentorship. Parents provide that, but often it takes more. Here are the numbers:

  • More than 8,200 households of Elkhart County’s nearly 72,000 households have single parents (U.S. Census Bureau). That’s higher than the national average.
  • More than a third of Elkhart County’s children (34 percent) are growing up in single-parent homes. (https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/S1101SPHOUSE018039)
  • More than 44 percent of births in Elkhart County are to unmarried parents. (Indiana KIDS COUNT Data book) The U.S. Census Bureau says almost 12 percent of households in Elkhart County are single-parent families.

Single mothers and single fathers face greater barriers to economic and family stability. Children living with a single mother are more likely to be in poverty than those in other households.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

It doesn’t take much! Officials say sometimes, it only takes one minute or one person to make a change that’ll last a lifetime.

“At DJ Construction, we have made it our long-term goal to make a significant impact on the fatherless epidemic in the communities that we work in. We have taken steps toward that goal and believe that the most effective way to impact is by developing relationships with fathers or with others who don’t have a father. We have great organizations in our community who are on the front lines of this issue and they could use our help!”

Bob Schrock, CEO, DJ Construction

GET INSPIRED TO MENTOR

In 2017, John Sowers, author of “Fatherless Generation” came to Elkhart and Mishawaka to
speak to youth workers and others who gathered. His sessions helped inspire mentors to step forward.

To learn more about that day and the inspiration Sowers instilled in many prospective mentors, watch the report on WSBT at https://wsbt.com/news/local/groups-hope-mentors-can-step-in-for-fatherless-generation-in-elkhart-county.

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