|Dukes County Inmates Complete Nurturing Fathers Program|
Martha's Vineyard - On Tuesday, December 17, three men gathered together for their 13th and final week of the Nurturing Fathers program for incarcerated individuals at the Dukes County Jail and House of Correction. In a moving graduation ceremony, the men, each holding a photograph in their hand of a child (or grandchild), shared in their own words what the program has meant to them, renewing their commitments to the children in their lives.
One man spoke of breaking through negative generational cycles to redefine what unconditional love and healthy fatherhood looks like, vowing to use his new tools to be the father he chooses to be. "The Nurturing Fathers Program is a very good enrichment program for life-long learning”, shared one of the three program graduates. Sheriff Robert Ogden joined the ceremony to commend the graduates for their dedication to building and strengthening their parenting skills. “This is an accomplishment,'' Sheriff Ogden said, encouraging graduates to continue to pursue opportunities for growth that have the potential to help them be successful upon release.
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