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.
To be eligible for the event, the incarcerated men must have been enrolled in or completed the TYRO Dads program and must have been in good-standing within the prison. This type of event allows both the dads and kids much needed bonding time and helps them to strengthen their relationships, even while incarcerated. These types of events, along with curriculum like TYRO Dads, TYRO J.E.T. (Job Ethics Training) and Couple Communication help prepare an incarcerated individual for successful reentry into society. These programs are proven to reduce recidivism rates, as well as lower the overall costs associated with recidivism in Ohio.
By teaching men to be fathers, take responsibility for their actions and help them rise above their circumstances, we can stop the generational cycles that tear families apart. We create men whose character outpaces their skill, not the other way around. These traits will then be passed down, from father to child, contributing to positive cultural change, one family at a time.
“The RIDGE Project is changing communities all across this country, one family at a time.”