Fatherhood Initiative

Strengthening Fathers, Families, and Communities

The YMCA Fatherhood Initiative is a vital program located within the heart of Toledo that delivers a comprehensive array of emotional, employment, and educational services. The goal is to deliver, aid, and teach modern, proven and innovative strategies that will encourage and strengthen fathers and families.

Our ultimate goal is to address all aspects of responsible fatherhood, as we understand the need to help males develop healthy family relationships, responsibility of fatherhood, and valuable job skills.

FREE Services Available to Fathers include: 

  • Computer literacy
  • Emotional and mental health support
  • Employment readiness
  • Financial education
  • Food assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Child support enforcement assistance
  • Lucas County Jobs and Family Services assistance
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Social Security Administration assistance
  • HEAP assistance
  • Expungement assistance
  • GED assistance
  • Driver’s License Reinstatement
  • Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency services including, but not limited to support order modification (when eligible)
  • FREE YMCA Membership following continual, successful participation in the program

Eligibility for the YMCA Fatherhood Initiative

To participate in the Fatherhood Initiative Program, you must meet three basic requirements:

  1. Be unemployed or underemployed
  2. Receiving some type of benefits from Lucas County Jobs and Family Services
  3. Have a minor child in your home or have a child support obligation through Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency.

However, for those who do not meet these requirements, the program has a number of spots accepting those individuals still interested in enrollment. For further enrollment information, please contact The YMCA Fatherhood Initiative Program at 419-283-0164.

LCCSEA Orientation Dates

Location: 1301 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio
Time: 10a 
Dates: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and December 13


Fatherhood Initiative Program Contact Information

7 East Bancroft, Ste. 7
Toledo, Ohio 43620
419 214 0085

Hours of Operation

Monday 11a-5p & 6p-8p
Tuesday 9a-5p
Wednesday 11a-5p & 6p-8p
Thursday 9a-5p
Friday Scheduled appointments upon request


 

YMCA Fatherhood Initiative Partners 

We understand that a large part of our program success is greatly impacted through collaboration with various community resources. As we move forward, we will continue to cultivate beneficial partnerships to meet the needs of our consumers.

Bank on Toledo
Bridges Out of Poverty
Food for Thought
Kent Branch Library
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
United Way
YWCA Childcare Referral & Resource

To all of our Partners, thank you for your support in making our program successful! 


YMCA Fatherhood Initiative Program Staff

J. Lyons is the director of The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Ms. Lyons possesses over a decade of experience in the nonprofit arena and is responsible for the overall implementation of The Fatherhood Initiative. She prides herself on her transparency, dependability, and ability to work in diverse settings.

Unique Britton is a case manager for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Ms. Britton possesses almost 20 years of addressing consumer needs, providing community resource assistance, counseling, and providing support to families. She is always positive and supportive while maintaining a firm & objective plan designed to meet the needs of the fathers he serves.

Kori Jackson is a case manager for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Ms. Jackson possess over 15 years of individual service based experience she applies to helping fathers successfully complete the fatherhood curriculum, connect with programming, and providing an array of supports to improve their lives.

Antonio Belcher is the Education and Employment Specialist for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Mr. Belcher offers over ten plus years of delivering exceptional client service with the ability to execute across multiple industries simultaneously. His focus is to assist with education and employment with a strong interest in social responsibility and utilizing skills in social organizations.