Talbert House hosts annual Fatherhood Community Celebration
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Talbert House hosted its annual Fatherhood Community Celebration at Sawyer Point on Sunday.
Terri Nau says a lot of people come out for this free event, which is in its seventh year, to celebrate fatherhood and families.
The family-friendly event had food from Skyline and LaRosa's, bands, face-painting, games, photo booths, animals from the Cincinnati Zoo and Reds and FC Cincinnati players there signing autographs.
“It’s a fun, family day to promote the importance of being a family and getting fathers involved, and it’s an awesome day," said Fatherhood Chair John Silverman.
The Talbert House offers services for people struggling with addiction or those who have been involved in the justice system, as well as mental health and other community services, including their Fatherhood program.
“Fatherhood is one of our newer programs, although we’ve been doing it over 10 years, and we’re really proud of it. And these services are free to men who want to be better dads, and so we just want to celebrate that," said Nau.
The free program serves about 300 fathers a year. Silverman said the fathers in their program have on average three kids.
“Our work is not only impacting the dads, but it’s impacting the kids," said Silverman.
And the program is not mandated to anyone. Silverman says the men that use the service are there because the genuinely want to be better, more engaged dads and learn how to co-parent better.
"Our goal with the program is to teach men how to be better, engaged fathers. So, if we can teach the dads, then we can teach the kids, and we’re truly changing cycles with this program, which is what I love about it so much," Silverman said.