The Serve Denton Mission Coming to Life

Serve Denton currently partners with ten local nonprofits with NewDay Services being one of those! They started officing with us back in June of 2014 and have made a significant impact in our community.  

What is The Fatherhood EFFECT Program?


In 2016, they expanded their programs in Denton and began the Fatherhood EFFECT program. The Fatherhood EFFECT stands for Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow. This is a partnership between the Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention & Early Intervention Division (PEI) and NewDay Services for Children & Families.

The purpose of this program is to help fathers and other family members improve their relationships with their children, family sustainability, and to increase their economic stability. This is done by connecting the fathers and other family members to a variety of community services and through intensive mentor-navigator engagement provided by NewDay Services.


The Impact of the Program


Since starting the program in Denton, they have served 20 dads, which has positively affected 48 kids in our community. Their Fort Worth program has served 58 dads, affecting 81 kids. Altogether, NewDay Services has made an impact on 78 dads and 129 kiddos solely with their Fatherhood EFFECT program! 


Michael's Story


NewDay Services began working with Michael (name changed to protect privacy) at the beginning of October. At that time, he was unemployed, without a vehicle and struggling to pay his rent. Marc Thompson and David Taylor with NewDay Services stepped in to help connect Michael with a permanent job so he could start consistently paying rent. He now has a plan in place to purchase a vehicle by early 2017 and move out of the extended stay hotel his family has been staying in with his wife and four children. They are on a really positive path as a family but are still struggling to pay for anything other than necessities, such as Christmas gifts.


How Subaru Got Involved


This December, Huffines Subaru hosted a toy drive for Serve Denton as part of their "Share the Love" campaign. In turn, Serve Denton was able to give many of the toys to NewDay Services to pass along to this family for Christmas. We loaded them up with Star Wars Legos, a coloring book & pencils, family games, and other items to fill their Christmas with some normalcy this year.

This is the perfect example of how people can become self-sufficient when agencies are willing to collaborate together! The Serve Denton mission is coming to life more and more every day. For more information about NewDay Services, email Marc Thompson at marc@newdayservices.org.

The Fatherhood EFFECT Podcast

We talked with two mentor navigators from NewDay Services' Fatherhood EFFECT Program, which is a class that gives male caregivers the skills they need to become more involved and stronger dads. They meet at Serve Denton every Saturday morning to go through the curriculum. Check it out!

Fatherhood at Its Finest: The “Fatherhood Effect”

How do we learn to parent? Many times, we learn as we go. So NewDay Services steps in as a support system!

Their mission is to rebuild children’s lives by helping their fathers gain the tools they need to redirect their lives. And they are starting a new program called The “Fatherhood Effect” Project.

This program is really three-fold and highly focused on prevention. They aim to find fathers before they enter the system, fathers who may lack the necessary tools to be a successful parent, and fathers who love their child/ children and want to become a better dad.

The heart behind this program is to improve the lives of children. When dads are involved, children are:

• 39% more likely to get A's in school • 45% less likely to repeat a grade • 60% less likely to be expelled from school • 75% less likely to have a teen birth • 80% less likely to spend time in jail

Dads, guardians and male caregivers are invited to join the class for free! The program consists of a weekly 2.5-hour class at Serve Denton and additional mentoring (starting the middle of June). The class will be a place of encouragement where men will share their experiences, learn skills, and learn the importance of being an involved dad. 

Marc Thompson and David Taylor will be facilitating the class, and they invite you to contact them with any questions! You can contact Marc at (940)-500-0055 or marc@newdayservices.org and David at (940)-500-0089 or dtaylor@newdayservices.org. You can also stop by to visit them at the Serve Denton office. They are there Monday through Friday ready to help!