FATHERS MATTER FORUM
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Center Six One Five in Elkhart, IN.
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 Second Fathers Matter Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Center Six One Five
The public is invited for dessert and a presentation by Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family.
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:
Daly hosts a radio broadcast with an estimated 220 million listeners. He’s appeared on a range of television programs and was named one of the nation’s top new evangelical leaders in 2010 by Newsweek. He promotes civil discourse and emphasizes that the Christian community should demonstrate the values it promotes. When Daly was 5 years old, he was abandoned by an alcoholic father. At age nine, he was orphaned when his mother died of cancer. He ended up in a foster home and accepted Christ at age 15 at a camp run by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Daly has been a key figure at Focus on the Family and authored several books, including “Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family” and “Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength.”
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!”
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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To register for our Second Annual Fathers Matter Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Center Six One Five, fill out the form below!
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