RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Glen Warren sees himself in the men he helps out every day.
“I’m a retired social worker with Wake County Human Services, and many of my clients came from homes where there was abuse or where the father was absent. Then later in my life I was married with three children and a single father myself, “Warren said.
For more than a decade, his organization, Fathers Forever, has served as a guide to helping men master fatherhood.
It offers men coaching in the areas of anger management, substance abuse, willingness to work and, overall, just personal development.
“I wanted to do something to help men in their struggle to be a father. Just being men, ”Warren said.
Austin Bridegam, father of two, is one of the many success stories from the organization’s program.
“When I went through what I went through, being imprisoned and what not. i escaped [and] This program has helped me understand many things better, ”said Bridegam.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fathers Forever group had to switch to a hybrid outreach model.
It didn’t stop Warren from extending aid.
The non-profit recently launched their recruiting agency called My Daddy’s Work Solution.
“[It’s] not just temporary service. Not just temporary employment, but employment that can be full-time and career. We started in June. We have some contracts. We are still looking for other employers. Many of these men have previous convictions, but our recruitment agency is open to anyone looking for a job, ”said Warren.
For example, Warren said they aim to attract people to jobs in landscaping, construction, and the hospitality industries.
The goal is that they might find stability, like Bridegam who is now detailing cars for a Nissan dealer.
“It was the starting shot for my future and the continuation of the things that I am doing. My family is just very happy, ”said Bridegam.
Recruitment is also open to women.
More information on Fathers Forever and My Daddy’s Work Solution can be found here.