Our Programs

Fathers Support Group

The Fathers Support Group 

Meets Mondays @ 6:30pm

Schenectady City Mission 

313 Clinton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

All are welcome- No registration necessary

With our organization’s mission always in mind we provide a cost-free, open, and supportive space for men. 

The Fathers Support Group is the backbone of Community Fathers Inc. Every week men meet to express their parenting concerns, legal issues, and overall life goals.

In the group individuals offer each other guidance from personal and professional lived experiences in an effort to interrupt intergenerational patterns.

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Occupations Instead of Incarceration (OIOI)

We encourage all young entrepreneurs looking to learn more about Silk Screening, The culinary art of Baking, or Urban Landscaping to get in touch with us!

With this initiative, our commitment is to promote social economic enterprises. OIOI's goals are to remove barriers to success wherever they may exist and replace them with ladders of opportunities for our youth by providing career and entrepreneurial readiness skills needed to increase one’s potential. There are three career paths that are offered and have had much success.

  • The silk-screening path which teaches participants the ins and outs of the field.

  • The Cornerstone Bakery which operates and retails at the Schenectady Green Market every Sunday.

  • The landscaping path currently works in conjunction with the City of Schenectady's Re-tree Initiative.

Contact us to learn more about this initiative and how to get yourself or child involved!

Meals & Heal

Classes are free and limited to small groups

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @6:00pm

New Choices Recovery Center (Kitchen)

Call or Text Shawn Mack (518) 542-0103

We are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in encouraging a healthy community. The Meal & Heal program offers a  place where men can nourish the mind, body, and soul while learning new recipes and eating some good food.

This is a space where father and men come together to learn healthy plant based cooking have meaningful conversations about life as a father (or just being a man in general).   

What this class provides

  • Learn how to cook healthy plant based meals

  • Understand the value of cooking as a healing experience

  • Food plating as an expression of self

  • Community and Support

We invite you to learn more and lend your taste palette.

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Community Justice Programs

This program was formed for fathers who are currently incarcerated and/or those who were formerly incarcerated and need support.

By offering men support, this program motivates individuals to hold themselves accountable in their life journeys. This program includes the following:

Domestic Violence for Batterers Group​

By Referral Only 

Tuesdays @6pm

New Choices Recovery Center

728 State St, Schenectady, NY 12307

Fathers Re-Entry Support Group

Due to Covid19 restrictions this program has been temporary put on hold. Please check back for updates