Center for Fathers and Families

The Center for Fathers and Families is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency with a mission to strengthen families and build communities in the Greater Sacramento Region by offering a network of programs and services that lead to family growth, enrichment, and empowerment.

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Address: 920 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Rick Jennings
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-568-3237
Established in 1994, the Center for Fathers and Families (CFF) has a 20-year history of responding to the needs of fathers and fatherless families. CFF's vision is not only to re-establish the important institution of Fatherhood while promoting the theme that 'Fatherhood is Forever,' but to also equip each member of the family with the skills, information, and resources necessary to promote a strong family life, which in turn promotes stronger, healthier communities. CFF serves an average of 5,300 predominately low-income children and families annually through our programs and services that address one or more of our three primary initiatives:
- Starting young people on a positive path
- Helping parents achieve and maintain success
- Empowering families to thrive together

Over the course of its history, CFF has impacted thousands of children, families, and adults in Sacramento County. From responding to emergency needs in its Helping Hand Program, to providing at-risk youth with countless hours of mentorship and guidance, to 14 years of success and expansion in after school programming, CFF has made the community healthier and stronger. CFF is working to reverse the increasing trend of father absence. Fathers play a vital role in the lives of their children. Without the influence of a committed, responsible father, children are more likely to live in poverty, have poor educational outcomes, and get involved with crime. Fathers must understand the critical role they play. CFF provides resources and support to help fathers stay involved and help their children thrive.
The Center for Fathers and Families fills a crucial time period after school each day for thousands of students attending Title 1 schools throughout greater Sacramento the area. Our MASTERs (Making After School Time Enriching and Rewarding) program serves 2,200 students each day by providing a safe environment, daily homework assistance, enrichment activities, an organized year around organized sports program, and a hot meal that is often times the student's last meal of the day. In addition to MASTERS, we offer a series of support classes through our Adult Services Program. Families, parents, and the general community may attend CPS and court approved classes and workshops that help strengthen the family. Classes offered are: " Daddy's Here " Taming Your Temper " Co-Parenting " Practical Parenting Our families often struggle with basic necessities. Help us make a difference in our future by supporting students each day and keeping them engaged in a meaningful way. You can help by: 1. Making a gift 2. Sponsoring a school 3. Volunteering your time or in-kind support 4. Attend one of our fundraisers 5. In addition, donations of any of the following are always appreciated and needed: " Backpacks and school supplies (paper, pencils, calculators, notebooks, etc.) " Gift cards to local grocery stores or retail outlets like Target or Walmart " Warm winter supplies, including new coats, blankets, socks " Tickets for local cultural & sporting events " New/gently used board games - Sorry, Connect 4, Checkers, etc. " Art supplies (clay, crayons, colored pencils, paper, sidewalk chalk, etc.) " Incentives - pencils, stickers, erasers, etc. " Books, flashcards, and educational puzzles/workbooks (grade level 1-8) " New, unwrapped toys for our families over the holiday season Our top needs: 1. Funding: Program - Support enrichment activities in the MASTERS After School Program. Current needs: art supplies and musical instruments for the arts program; equipment for the sports league; pom poms for the cheer squads; garden supplies for the garden clubs. 2. Funding: Unrestricted - New toys for the holiday season; warm clothing for the winter. Adopt a needy family during the Winter. Donate coats and provide financial assistance to help families pay heating bills. $75-300/month would sponsor a family through the winter. 3. Funding: Unrestricted - Support family outings by making monetary donations donating or movie passes and family event passes for single parents who cannot afford to treat their child to special celebrations. 4. Funding: Program - Help CFF eliminate waiting lists at MASTERS (Making After School Time Enriching Rewarding and Successful) sites. The MASTERS after school program occurs at 17 schools in Sacramento and is currently over enrolled with long waiting lists. 5. Funding: Program - Sponsor our fitness clubs at local schools. In-kind or monetary donations help our youth and their parents participate in local marathons or other sporting events.
'Everything I've done in my life has prepared me to work at CFF. Helping men become better fathers and assisting families to flourish makes going to work meaningful.'

Rick Jennings, II, Chief Executive Director