Support Group for Fathers Meeting
Village Fathers to meet on Tuesdays Beginning September 9th
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mary Washington Hospital (Conference Rooms)


August 20, 2014


Fredericksburg, Virginia –Healthy Families Rappahannock Area announces the renewal of an educational and support group for fathers using the 24/7 DadTM curriculum. Village Fathers will meet beginning Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mary Washington Hospital. The group is open to all fathers residing in the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.

Village Fathers, originally supported by the National Fatherhood Initiative, was introduced locally in 2008 when Healthy Families Rappahannock Area was one of eight organizations in Virginia to receive a Fatherhood Resource Center funding award. Village Fathers will once again be led by local volunteer, facilitator, and father of two, Phillip Fields.

According to Michele Powell, Program Manager for Healthy Families Rappahannock Area, “We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with the City Reach Ministry program of Strong Tower Ministries to reinvigorate the Village Fathers support group. So many fathers can benefit from a group focusing on their role and the positive impacts they can make in the lives of their children.”

The 24/7 DadTM curriculum focuses on key fathering characteristics like positive role models, discipline, and work/family balance. Group discussion will focus on expressing emotions, anger management, and improving communication skills. The program works to help men evaluate their individual parenting skills and their fathering role models. A program goal is to give fathers the tools they need to be positive and active parents to their children.

The National Fatherhood Initiative has worked since 1994 to improve the overall well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

To register for the Village Fathers support group, please call Healthy Families Rappahannock Area at 540-374-3366, ext. 116.

To obtain additional information on Healthy Families Rappahannock Area or to make a referral, please call Michele Powell, Program Manager, at 540-374-3366, ext. 118 or

Founded in 1997, Healthy Families Rappahannock Area provides intensive home-based services, designed to assist parents in providing a nurturing and supportive environment for their child. Their family support staff work with parents on importance of bonding, child development, and positive discipline. Earlier in 2014, Healthy Families Rappahannock Area expanded their services from first-time parents to all women who have recently given birth. Their goal is to reduce child maltreatment and increase school readiness by building healthier families, healthier children and a healthier community.

The program assisted 1,173 families in Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014).

The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board serves as the fiscal agent.

Healthy Families Rappahannock Area is a member agency of the Rappahannock United Way (CFC #99291 and CVC #6423).


Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides public mental health, intellectual disability, substance abuse, and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. RACSB operates five outpatient clinics which provide individual, group and family therapy; specialized counseling and case management services; psychological assessment; 24-hour crisis intervention; and medication management services. RACSB operates 13 group homes along with the Myers Drive Respite Group Home for adults with intellectual disability providing 24-hour intensive and structured support. RACSB also offers mental health day support, residential services, and crisis stabilization at The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery. The Parent-Education – Infant Development Program provides developmental, physical, occupational, and speech therapies as well as service coordination to infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Programs of RACSB include Kenmore Club, Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc., Project LINK, Program for Teen Parents, Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block, DARE To Be You – Rappahannock Area, Second Step, Too Good for Drugs, and Healthy Families – Rappahannock Area. To learn more, visit

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