“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African Proverb
While working at the Rainier Beach Safeway, Mr. Larry Wilmore witnessed many young homeless men coming in and out of the store.
“I had a passion to help these young men, and decided to stop talking about it and do something about it.”
6 years ago Fathers And Sons Together was created. I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming acquainted with Mr. Wilmore and his wife, Cathy at a fundraising event: A Night of Jazz featuring Danny Welsh, and Josephine Howell. The event was special, not only because it’s a fundraiser, but because it was an event for adults. Most of the FAST events are centered around youth and activities that bring fathers and sons together in the enjoyment of sports, camping, and or seminars. The mission: “fostering and strengthening the relationships between a father and a son by working together with the goal of strengthening our families and the communities we live.” Fatherhood/ Family/ Community “My father raised 11 children, 5 of them boys, so I know it can be done.” says Mr. Wilmore, Founder and Executive Director of the organization. The goal of the fundraiser is to help with purchasing a house in the Rainier Beach community that will be used as a community engagement space, and to teach classes such as computer literacy.
Why Is Fatherhood So Important? 71% of all high school drop out’s come from fatherless homes. 85% of youth in prison come from fatherless homes. (F.A.S.T. website)
At one of the last events F.A.S.T. hosted 250 fathers and sons participated! The type of events F.A.S.T. has consists of:
Empowerment Camps Basketball & Baseball Camps Camping, Hiking Rites of Passage “We are a prevention program versus an intervention program; we believe the dynamics of a father and son relationship has a significant impact on the many ways social bonds are formed and the growth development of boys maturing into strong, confident men.” -F.A.S.T. website
Mentors & Women Wanted!
In the village there are uncles, brothers, cousins, and friends. They may not have sons, but they can contribute especially to and for the young men who may not have a male figure in their lives. In some instances a mother has stepped in and participated in the