Each month, a client at SFBFS is featured for success and growth. This month’s client spotlight is:
Kevin Wiley - July 2014
Two years ago, Kevin Wiley and his wife were looking for extra support after the birth of their son, Calvin. They looked into a few local resources and were recommended to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Parent Education program, located close to them in their Oak Park neighborhood.
Kevin attended orientation for the Parent Education program and immediately wanted to be part of the program. He enrolled in some of the Parent-Child Bonding classes and the Spousal Support classes. He even attends classes that are specific to fathers. “Every father understands what the others are going through,” he says. “We all are in similar situations and have become a good support for each other. It’s not support you get from neighbors or community members because they are not in the same situation.”
The Parent Education program is designed to engage expectant families, mothers, fathers, grandparents or guardians with children 0 – 5 years in connecting with their children in an empathetic manner. Parent Education offers courses that are relevant to addressing family and life issues that parents are facing today. The goal of the program is to support mothers and fathers in raising their children to the best of their ability by providing resources, skills and activities that will unify their families through love, compassion, structure, mutual understanding and communication.
Kevin says his personal goal while in the program is to become a better parent to his sons. “They are both into very different things. One loves school and sports, the other already is showing an interest in building things and art,” he says. Kevin’s sons both like being outside and spending time at the park, an activity Kevin enjoys as well. Kevin says that the parenting classes are teaching him how to have more open communication with his kids, how to be a positive disciplinary and the importance of teaching them a variety of fundamental skills.
Kevin says he continues coming to classes because he feels a great support from staff and volunteers at SFBFS. “Everyone is so friendly and helpful for me and my family,” he says. He also gets support from his wife, since they are able to attend some classes together. “The Parent Education Program Manager always checks in to make sure we will be attending classes we signed up for. She encourages me to make progress in class and with the father group,” Kevin says.
In the future, Kevin wants to build a solid foundation for his family and be a good role model for his sons. He is currently seeking employment and has found great success using SFBFS’ Technology Lab to apply for jobs online and further his computer skills. He has had a few interviews with one company and is waiting to hear back if he got the job.
“When I met Kevin last year, I immediately noticed how thoughtful and kind he is, not just to me but to other parents and grandparents in the Parent Education program,” shares Lorena Carranza, Parent Education Program Manager in Oak Park. “He is a rare kind of person, always stepping up to go above and beyond at the holiday event and baby showers.”
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