Community Fatherhood News Articles

Community Fatherhood director helps dads become part of their children's lives.
 August 1, 2013 - Click Here to view article

The power of parents: local effort seeks family involvement for student success.                                                   April 28, 2012 - Click Here to view article


Community Fatherhood of Battle Creek
South central, MI – For Community Fatherhood's leadership and ongoing commitment to families and  father involvement, the Michigan Fatherhood Coalition honored Community Fatherhood with the 2012 Child Advocate Award for being an Outstanding Organization at their annual conference in February 17, 2012 on. Community Fatherhood originated in 2006 as a parental education program in Calhoun and St. Joseph County. Emerging as a nonprofit organization in 2009, the mission of Community Fatherhood is to increase the involvement of fathers and father figures in the lives of children through special programs and/or training opportunities in South central Michigan. Since its conception, Community Fatherhood has provided assistance to over 250 fathers by promoting fatherhood awareness and through educating fathers on the impact they have on their children and how to strengthen their parental roles. In 2011 Community Fatherhood was awarded a grant by United Way of Battle Creek to continue and expand Fatherhood programming in the greater Battle Creek area. Community Fatherhood's continued objective is to conduct parenting classes and activities for fathers in Calhoun and St. Joseph counties and offer advocacy and additional programming as requested in Barry, Branch, and Kalamazoo counties.

Mr. Gilbert Ortiz is the Executive Director and founder of Community Fatherhood and a long standing member of the Michigan Fatherhood Coalition. Through his own life experiences, Gilbert knows first-hand how a child feels when a father isn't involved. His story has impacted other fathers that he serves through his organization.