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Monday, May 20, 2024

This money will allow this local nonprofit to continue its services to fathers in the area

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Child Development Resources was recently awarded a grant to continue and expand its services to fathers in the community through 2025.

That’s to the tune of $897,740.

The federal grant, “Fatherhood FIRE (Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential): Igniting the Change,” will allow CDR’s Fatherhood Program to continue important work in the community by offering workshops, mentoring programs, home-based parenting consulting, finance education, and job help services, according to a news release from the organization

CDR is a local nonprofit that serves more than 1,400 young children and their families in the Historic Triangle each year by providing individualized therapies and early intervention services to ensure that every child, no matter their circumstances, can reach their full potential.

“We are excited to announce that this grant will allow us to reach even more fathers in our community, in order to partner with them on the skills they need to be the best fathers they can be to their children,” said Paul Scott, CDR’s executive director, in a prepared statement. “In addition, this grant will allow us to expand the service we offer to fathers and fathers to be so that we can help them with nearly every aspect of their journey as a parent – from financial education to assistance in finding a job.”

CDR’s Fatherhood Program supports dads and families with one-on-one and group assistance with parenting, relationships, health, employment, money matters, and personal growth opportunities.

“We are especially thrilled because only 5% of existing grantees are re-funded for this new 5-year cohort, so this renewal speaks volumes about the quality of work CDR’s Fatherhood team is doing in our community,” Scott said.

Amy Bornhoft, director of training for CDR, said family engagement is a cornerstone of the Fatherhood program.

“Engaging children’s fathers or other key male figures is essential for a child’s development,” Bornhoft said.

For more information about CDR’s Fatherhood Program, click here, call 757-345-2832, or email For information on CDR and other CDR programs visit here. 


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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