Suit Up Ministries, a nonprofit organization serving Montgomery County and the Greater Houston area, is gearing up to deliver a new network to support fathers of all backgrounds.
The organization provides men with resources and tools to become better fathers, meaning they are active and involved in their children’s lives, said founder Jeff Springer, who lives in the Montgomery area. The support groups, known as “huddles,” are a new initiative this year that will be led by qualified men who are called “champions.”
“We don’t tell them how often to meet, where to meet ... [or who to invite],” Springer said, adding that groups should strive to meet at least once a month. “We will help with social media, communication, curriculum and resources.”
Springer said research suggests that children who grow up without a father are more likely to fall into poverty, get into disciplinary behavior and even land in jail. Fatherlessness is also often a cycle, and Springer said he hopes to transform Montgomery County by rebuilding families.
Suit Up Ministries supplies men with resources, support and skills to be more involved with their children. The organization is founded on Christian-based principles, although anyone is welcome to join, Springer said.
“What we are saying is, ‘Step up dads,'” he said. “[We want to] challenge men on the sidelines to get in the game.”
Suit Up Ministries is now searching for men who will lead the huddles, Springer said. These men will undergo training and will invite others to join their support group. Meanwhile, Suit Up Ministries is in the process of developing the curriculum, he said.
Others on the Suit Up Ministries team include Seth Westmoreland, who is on the marketing and technology side, and President Mark Martinez. Both men said they are passionate about the nonprofit’s mission.
“[We want to] encourage those dads who are doing the right thing ... and encourage those who have lost touch,” Martinez said. “It’s never too late.
The administrative office is located at 33130 Magnolia Circle, Magnolia. 832-689-9634. www.suitupministries.org/home1