FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2014
Chris Ridley, Operations Director
Nationally Recognized Expert on Fatherhood to Appear in Bowling Green
Ron Tijerina to speak to congregation of Dayspring Church on Father's Day
(Bowling Green, Ohio)— A nationally-recognized author and family relationship expert will be speaking at both Father's Day morning services Sunday, June 15th at Dayspring Church (www.dayspringbg.org), 17360 N. Dixie Highway, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Ron Tijerina, who is Co-Executive Director of The RIDGE Project, will be speaking at the 9 and 11a.m. services. Tijerina is known for his passionate advocacy of strong families and has taken his message to the White House as well as venues across the country.
In 1991, Ron Tijerina was convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sentenced to 14‐25 years in prison. Ron Tijerina used this unimaginable tragedy as a springboard for a life spent seeing more in others than they see in themselves. While incarcerated with some of the toughest felons in Ohio, he discovered some of the root causes of generational cycles of poverty, low expectations, and incarceration. He became determined to do something about it and together with his wife, Catherine, created a program, TYRO Dads, to help strengthen families.
Mr. Tijerina will discuss the elements of fatherhood which will include material from the book he authored with his wife Catherine and son Brandon- HIGH FIVE Love Never Fails. The book includes five principles which Tijerina states will help "build the forever family." The author says he is looking forward to this event because "all fathers need encouragement. They need someone to tell them to keep going, keep fighting for their family. I am committed to helping people understand that there is never a time to quit- no family is disposable."
The RIDGE Project, based in McClure (Henry County), is a Christian, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2000 that provides services through partnerships with churches, schools, and state and national agencies to serve the youth and families of Ohio. Additionally, the organization strives to inform individuals, communities, the media and local and national policy makers of the importance of strong families. The organization has been recognized as a federal Department of Health and Human Services "Best Practice" program, and has been identified nationally as a leader in family and youth services.