Father’s Day is still quite a ways away, but Monday was all about fathers at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center (NRADC).
“It’s helping him be a great dad,” said Mikann Harris, son of NRADC inmate, William Harris.
That’s the goal of the “Fathers in Training Program,” a 16 week voluntary program for inmates in Winchester.
“We’ve learned how to deal with anger. We studied the anger scale, recognized clues that led us to our anger, like our behavior and emotions that caused us to act out inappropriately,” said Robert Schultz, NRADC inmate.
Program participants graduated in a ceremony at the jail Monday.
“To be a better father – this is my first son, Devon, and just to learn everything I could and make everything out of the situation I’m in,” said David Jarrell, NRADC inmate.
That’s something Nicki Armel, Jarrell’s fiancée, said she’s grateful for.
“It’s really good that he got to learn, without being here, all the important things he needs to do to bond with him,” Armel said.
This is the program’s second graduating class at the NRADC. The first graduated over the summer.
“It’s definitely improved. I think the first graduation, we had maybe five or six graduates. This graduation, we had 10 graduates,” said Lisa Saville, captain of Community Corrections at the NRADC. “And we’re just looking for bigger and better things with this program.”
The hope is to soon have a similar program for mothers.
Spearheaded by Bishop Bobby Hudnall, senior pastor of the Life in the Word Church of Jesus Christ, who said this program is very close to his heart, as he grew up in the foster system. He said no child should grow up without a parent.
“They left a breach of security in their home,” Hudnall said. “So, we want to teach them to bridge that gap.”
According to the jail, the program is made possible through a grant, and the plan is to have at least two sessions a year moving forward.