DADS MATTER Program Earns Federal Showcase Spotlight

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Michel Keller, Dan Bell, & Michelle Ferguson (pictured left to right) attended the Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) Roundtable Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in Phoenix, AZ on May 2-3, 2023. DADS MATTER was 1 of 4 grantees who was asked to showcase their successes, accomplishments, and how to overcome challenges to peer grantees.

Michelle expressed her excitement, indicating “This is the opportunity that I’ve been waiting for. It’s time to share the best kept successful secret of DADS MATTER at the federal level.”

Michel shared Workforce Opportunities including high priority occupations in our workforce development area and short-term training options that yield long-term stability and a healthy work/life balance. Dan discussed Connecting in Virtual Settings during COVID-19 challenges, including positive unanticipated benefits like seeing the father/child interactions at home and connecting dads across multiple counties. Michelle began her presentation by waving her #1 Dads Terrible Towel. Her topic focused on Keeping the Team Connected and the key benefits of cross-training and cohesive communication to ensure continuous support among the DADS MATTER Team. She concluded the presentation by asking the audience to hug themselves as a reminder that “Self-care is not selfishness. It is essential so that we can continue to provide nurturing and supportive services to our dads, families, and communities.”

The audience’s key takeaways were displayed in the word cloud below.

We hope you take some time to practice self-care every day!

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