PITTSBURGH, April 22, 2021 — Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is looking for fathers who want to improve the parenting, relationship, and communication skills they need to be involved, responsible, and committed fathers. The organization’s new FIRE program helps fathers get the skills they need to be involved in their children’s lives utilizing the National Fatherhood Initiative’s (NFI) 24/7 Dad® program curriculum.

Recruitment for the FIRE program is now open and services for the next cohort of fathers will begin on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Additional cohorts will begin starting in May.

 “Goodwill SWPA has an excellent history of working with fathers and helping them improve their quality of life and their relationships,” said Mike Olack, Director of Community Reintegration at Goodwill SWPA. “Any father from Allegheny County who wants to be a better parent is should consider enrolling in FIRE.” 

To be eligible, participants must be a father or father figure, age 18 years or older of a child 24-years-old or younger, and reside in Allegheny County. After eligibility is confirmed, participants will complete an orientation, offered in person, by phone, or virtually. Participants should expect to attend a total of 27 hours of FIRE workshops, as well as participate in optional employment and training activities.

Additionally, FIRE Program participants can receive individual case management, incentives, private sessions with a social worker, financial literacy, employment services, and transportation assistance. 

“NFI is excited about Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s efforts to help fathers build their skills through the 24/7 Dad® program,” said Christopher Brown, President of National Fatherhood Initiative. “Research shows that a major barrier to father involvement is a lack of skills in dads, many of whom grew up without fathers in their lives. At a time when 1 in 3 children live in father-absent homes, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania should be applauded for its efforts to help dads get involved.”

For more information or to apply for the FIRE Program, contact: Phone: 1-877-499-3526 / Email: fatherhood@goodwillswpa.org.  More information can also be found at www.goodwillswpa.org/fire.

Media Contact: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-760-0348 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org


This document reflects work conducted under grant 90ZJ0052 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance to Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania.


About Goodwill SWPA

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Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified nonprofit human service agency that serves southwestern Pennsylvania and north central West Virginia and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc. and Mission Logistics, LLC. The agency operates 34 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training, education and related services to help people overcome employment barriers. Last year, Goodwill SWPA served 13,647 adults and youth, including 3,809 virtually, while employing 1,200 people. These factors resulted in $71,615,000 of economic output during the year.

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