October 17, 2011
Rep. Susan Davis Announces Grant to Help Fathers Succeed as Parents and Providers
San Diego – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced a $790,000 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services awarded to SAY San Diego for its work with fathers to help them be better dads and husbands. Entitled “Project COMPASS” (Creating Options for Men to Participate Actively, Safely and Supportively), this program serves both civilian and military dads, including the more than 46,000 military personnel in San Diego who are fathers with children. The grant has an option to renew for an additional two years.
Congresswoman Davis sent a letter of support for the grant during the application process.
“This is exciting news for SAY San Diego and the good people there who do such inspiring work,” said Congresswoman Davis. “This means a lot to our community and military families. The strength of any community is the presence of caring, supportive and loving families.”
The program will involve fathers in a best-practice model curricula including “24/7 Dad,” “Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)” and “Parents as Teachers,” along with case management, parenting education, counseling, financial management and classes to increase employment skills.