Program helps men become better dads

The FATHER Project, a service of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota, received an early Christmas present this year and is gearing up for an expansion with the help of a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. The administration awarded the FATHER Project $500,000 a year for the next five years. The $2.5 million is a warm welcome compared to the stiff operating budget of $225,000 a year the program had previously been operating on. Funded by private and public grants, and from sales at the Goodwill store, the FATHER Project provides services to help dads gain custody of their children, as well as services for personal enrichment such as education, job training and parenting support groups. “We have a proven track record of servicing low-income non-custodial fathers,” said Andrew Freeberg, director of education and youth services for Goodwill/Easter Seals. Continue Reading

When the facts disappear, Minneapolis-style

Around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, along the 3500 and 3600 blocks of Bryant Avenue North were awakened by gunshots. What started out as the dispersing of young blacks turned into an ambush by neo-Nazi gunmen who opened fire on both police and blacks. For days, residents waited for news coverage. As of the writing of this column, all major news outlets have declined to report this terrorist activity that will live in infamy in the black community. Continue Reading