In 1998, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina offered a series of planning grants to local community organizations to be used to develop programs that would address the issue of absentee fathers in the state of South Carolina.
Those groups that received the grants were asked to come up with innovative ways to help low-income, non-custodial fathers overcome the many barriers preventing them from being involved in the upbringing of their children. St. Peter's AME Church, along with several other local organizations, formed a collaboration to seek one of these grants. Thus, Father to Father, Inc. was born.
Along with St. Peter's, other founding organizations included the Counseling Center of Charleston, the Boy Scouts, Florence Crittenton Homes and the Christian Family YWCA. William Jenkins (Executive Director), Prue "Mac" Hammett (Counselor) and Kevin Smith (Parenting Coordinator) are three original members who are still involved today.
Since its inception, Father to Father has served more than 1,500 fathers, children and families. From its humble beginnings in a closet next to the kitchen at St. Peter's to its current home on Woodbine Ave., Father to Father continues to help fathers reconnect with their children at every opportunity. The program offers services uniquely designed to help men heal broken spirits and family relations, practice healthy parenting and gain productive and stable employment.
It is the mission of the Father to Father to help low-income, non-custodial fathers overcome the barriers that are preventing them from reconnecting with and becoming involved in the lives of their children. The organization is a 501(3) non-profit organization and is one of a network of 20 fatherhood programs reaching across the state to help fathers reconnect with their children. Working under the umbrella of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Father to Father is funded through local donations and state and federal funding.