In a recent Wall Street Journal article, “The Biggest Root Cause of Crime Is Fatherlessness,” a compelling argument was presented about the profound impact of fatherlessness on society. This article highlights the significant role fathers play in the emotional and social development of their children and, by extension, the community at large.
SpoFI’s Role in Addressing Fatherlessness
Spokane Fatherhood Initiative (SpoFI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded on the principle that fatherlessness is the primary cause of nearly all of our nation’s social problems. In 2016 and 2017, SpoFI’s founders convened a series of community conversations about fatherlessness. The outcome of those discussions was that Spokane, the birthplace of Father’s Day, lacked an organization that provided training, support and encouragement for fathers.
At SpoFI, we are committed to addressing this critical issue. Founded on the belief that every child deserves a present, loving, and nurturing father, SpoFI aims to restore the value of fatherhood in Spokane and beyond. Our programs offer training, support, and encouragement, empowering fathers to be active and positive influences in their children’s lives.
We Do Not Minimize
We recognize and honor the incredible work of single mothers and other caregivers. Our mission complements their efforts, providing tools and support to ensure that children have the benefit of engaged father figures. We also understand that family dynamics are complex, and we are here to support all families, regardless of their structure.
Research consistently shows the positive impact of an engaged father. Children with involved fathers are more likely to succeed academically, exhibit healthier behavior, and have higher self-esteem. The absence of a father figure is linked to higher risks of poverty, behavioral problems, and substance abuse.
One such story is that of Rockne, a young father who knew he had a lot to learn about parenting and wasn’t afraid to ask for help. Through SpoFI’s programs, he not only mastered the basics of parenting but also learned how to be a source of emotional support and guidance for his son. Additionally, he found a supportive community of other fathers on which to lean for support.
Today, Rockne is a proud father who actively participates in his son’s education and development and maintains a healthy relationship with his son’s mother and her partner.
Through SpoFI’s programs, which are made possible by our donors’ generosity, he’s become not just a better father but also a beacon of positivity in all his relationships.
His turning point came after years of battling addiction
After the painful loss of his mother to her own struggle with addiction, he sought help and joined Spokane Fatherhood Initiative, taking 24:7 Dad classes and participated in other core SpoFI programs. These programs played a crucial role in his recovery.
Del credits SpoFi with his sobriety and the transformation in his approach to fatherhood.
Now over 400 days clean & sober
Del emphasizes the importance of a father’s presence in a family. He is proud to be an involved and committed father and credits his support network, including SpoFi, for helping him become a better version of himself. His story is a testament to the power of community, support, and the will to change, underscoring that a father’s role is pivotal in shaping a strong family unit and guiding children. Del’s journey from a life marred by addiction to a responsible, loving fatherhood serves as an inspiring example of resilience and transformation.