Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2010 18:17
Thursday, 04 February 2010 18:09
ReEngage, located in Kansas City, is one of the newest partner ministries of FOCUS North America.It is a brand new agency dedicated toreconnecting African Americanabsentee fathers with their children through outreach and counseling, education and preparation.
Rodney Knott, community organizer in Kansas City and Executive Director ofReEngage, Inc., realized that the problem of violence and poverty in the African American community would never be resolved untilabsentee fathers were reintegrated with their families. Knott says that currently 68% of all African American children are being raised by single mothers.
Statistics show thatchildren without fathers have extremely high rates of being poor the rest of their lives, dropping out of high school, becoming incarcerated and having children out of wedlock. Then the whole cycle starts again for the next generation.
ReEngagetakes a holistic approach to the whole situation. One of their tenants is to treat the family as a single unit and through love and support (not condemnation and resentment) to reintegrate the African America father as the head of the household.
FOCUS North America is proud to haveReEngageas one of our partner ministries and have awarded it a grant for start- up costs. FOCUS NA also donated a copier toReEngageto help set up its office.