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Family Service Society seeking 100 good men

BY Staff Reports - ctreport@indy.rr.com

Each year Family Service Society, Inc. (FSSI) conducts the 100 Good Men Campaign, a community awareness initiative focused on the importance of healthy men in the lives of Marion’s children, families and community.

Research indicates that 24 million children nationwide are living in a fatherless home. Those children are four times more likely to live in poverty, drop out of high school and have a greater risk of substance abuse.

FSSI’s goal with this campaign is to focus on the two-thirds of homes with men who consistently:

n Show up in the lives of children.

n Stand up for what is right.

n Speak up when it matters most.

These good men are vital to Grant County, where children are living in poverty at one of the highest rates in the state and where heroin/opioid use is at an all-time high.

“It is important for children to have an active positive male role model in their lives. These children are at less risk of psychological and behavioral problems,” said Lisa Dominisse, president and CEO of Family Service Society, Inc. “When children have a father, uncle, grandfather, brother, cousin, teacher, pastor or other male role model that take an active interest in them it helps them feel special, learn unconditional love, respect and it can inspire kids for the rest of their lives.”

In efforts to create awareness of this important relationship, FSSI is looking for nominations for not just fathers, but all of the good men that are helping shape the lives of our children. Those interested may nominate up to four good men with a $100 tax-deductible donation. 

Nominations can be submitted by calling Iris Brunner (765) 662-9971 ext. 103 or by visiting www.famservices.com/100gm/.

Those nominated will be featured in a Father’s Day advertisement, the electronic billboard in Marion, as well as receive a certificate for their nomination. The deadline to nominate is June 11, 2019.

FSSI’s goal is to raise $25,000. The funds will directly benefit children and families for the prevention of abuse and care for those who have experienced domestic violence.

For more information about services provided by Family Service Society, Inc. visit www.famservices.com.