When father is separated from his family by incarceration, there are no positive outcomes. The hardships on the family unit are devastating. Children experience the most severe consequences, becoming victims of generational cycles of poverty, incarceration, and entitlement. That’s why we created unique events to nurture relationships at the times when they need it the most. These events are exclusive to TYROs and their families. Find out about these events by clicking below.
History was made on Monday, November 24th at Grafton Correctional Institution in Lorain County, Ohio, when The RIDGE Project facilitated the prison's first-ever Father/Daughter Dance. Director of Family Services Beth Brown headed up the event, which required some extensive planning and coordination with the prison.
Time with Dad
In September of 2014, The RIDGE Project began one of our first monthly outreaches to TYROs, which was held at an Ohio state correctional institution. This event was named “Time with DAD!” and has had an overwhelming response by both TYROs and their families. The events focus on allowing incarcerated fathers to spend quality time with their children that they would not have otherwise had the chance to do.
Here at The RIDGE Project, we believe in the power of strong families. That’s why we created “Family Day” events that help incarcerated men stay connected with their families. Each event is a half-day, where incarcerated fathers can spend time talking with, playing with and interacting with their children and spouses. The men participated in crafts and other activities with their families, played games like Simon Says, and were given a family photo taken during the event to keep as a memory of the fun shared that day.