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“FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE”

It takes a village to raise a child, according to an often-quoted African proverb. It also takes loving, caring parents who are involved in their children’s lives.

This week, leading up to Father’s Day, the public housing communities of the Jefferson County Housing Authority are hosting events to recognize, celebrate and promote the important roles that fathers play in raising their children.

The first event is Wednesday, June 17, at the community room at Terrace Manor apartments in Bessemer, 4501 Little Drive. The program, “It Takes a Village,” will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Residents of the Terrace Manor I and II, Oak Ridge and Brighton Gardens housing communities are invited.

Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded. Mothers are encouraged to come out as well. For more information, call 205-426-8948.

Two Fatherhood Initiative events will be held Thursday, June 18.

“Teaching Our Sons How to Become Real Fathers” will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in the community center at Warrior Court, 601 Pecan St., Warrior. Pastor Horace Williams of The Word Unlimited International Ministries will be the guest speaker. There will be food, games and door prizes.

Residents of the Warrior Court, Chelsea Gardens, Trafford, Bradford and Dixi Manor housing communities are invited. For information, call 205-647-4369.

In Fultondale, “Who’s Your Hero?” will honor fathers who make an impact in their children’s lives. The event will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Leasing Office at Fultondale Village, 2100 Stoney Brook Lane, Fultondale. There will also be games, prizes and plenty of food. “Superheroes” also include uncles, brothers, grandfathers and mentors.

Residents of the Fultondale Village, Brookside, Hickory Grove and Red Hollow housing communities are invited. For information, call 205-841-4573.