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.


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.

Edward Summers is the Recruitment Specialist and Program Facilitator for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Mr. Summers possesses several years of exceptional engagement techniques to connect with and recruit Fathers simultaneously. His focus is identifying Fathers eligible and ready to participate in The YMCA Fatherhood Initiative Program as well as provide programming.

Ms. Rebecca Brown, C.C.H.W., is a The Certified Community Health Worker for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Ms. Brown possess over 20 years of individual and group based health related services. She assists our Fathers with improving their overall health so that they may improve their quality of life and be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for employment.