Our Fathers Keeper is a conduit for services for the homeless community. The focus is on homeless fathers with children but while there is a need finding the target population is difficult. There is a social issue faced by homeless fathers. They are blasted by sterol types of being failures or even deadbeats.
The Atlantic (STUART, 2018) cites how human services programs have marginalized fathers. Dead beat dads are what is expected and assumed fathers that have possession of their children can be incarcerated for back child support. They have their children because for some reason the mother is not will in or is unable to care for them. Women’s rights organizations, social services line up to bring fathers into the system and are relentless in peruse of their income. The unwillingness to accept charity and the social connotations that come with it keep men in the shadows. Men that want nothing more than to protect their children are often forced to place them with friends and relatives until they get back on their feet. Often the choice is to place them in the foster care system and they must fight to retrieve them. The population is there and the need is clear but in order to be effective the organization will work to preserve the family unit. Our Fathers Keeper does not have a shelter facility it has chosen to collaborate with existing organizations. Establishing an understanding of their programs and client requirements so the referral is a proper fit. It is a two-way arrangement as organizations can use OFK as a resource for clients that do not meet their program criteria. OFK provides direct assistance on a limited basis to clients through a voucher program. The vouchers provide short term rental housing for clients that can reestablish their households within ninety days. The voucher program can also provide proactive assistance by providing payment for clients current housing for a maximum of ninety days. Keeping a family form being evicted is more effective than helping them reestablish their house hold. Assistance is provided to family units regardless of which parents or parent they are comprised of. The objective is to keep the core together and reduce the trauma the entire is facing. The Ethical Standards of the National Organization of Human Services (National Organization of Human Services , 2018) as professionals to stay current of the changes in society and dispense services as needed with out prejudice or forethought.