ForeverDads Awarded Two Year Grant from the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood

Zanesville, OH – ForeverDads, the Center for Fathers and Families, was awarded a $260,000 two year grant from the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) to primarily serve low income, non-custodial fathers who are unemployed or under-employed and lack healthy fathering and relationship skills as part of the ComeUNITY Project. However, fathers from all walks of life have benefited from this programming.

This project will provide a variety of parenting skill development programs, case management services, and father/family strengthening activities as part of a framework to re-engage fathers and their families – providing positive outcomes to residents of Muskingum, Morgan, and ...

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One Dad at a Time Father's Day Gifting Campaign

The "WHY"
Our mission here at ForeverDads is to help connect fathers to families, and families to fathers. Through our work in the community, we have the opportunity to turn the hearts of fathers and change the statistics of fatherhood absence.

Our Fathers Day Gifting campaign gives the people and faith-based organizations in our community a chance to give back and join our mission to bring fathers back to families.

How you can help

By making a monetary donation to ForeverDads, you are directly contributing to the vital work we do within the community. The amount is not significant, it ...

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ForeverDads announces new Board President Jason L. Wilhelm

New Board President has high ambitions for solidifying the permanence of ForeverDads in our community.

ZANESVILLE, OH – ForeverDads, a regional community based non-profit that provides programming and connects them to resources for fathers and families, is pleased to announce its new Board President for 2018.

Jason Wilhelm has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014 and now is stepping into the role of President.

Jason is excited to take on this role. “With the help of an amazing wife, I am a father to four fantastic children. As a forever dad, I want to have a positive ...

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<em>We are</em> ForeverDads


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Tribute to Fatherhood 2018

Reserve Seating

Thursday • March 8, 2018 • 6pm

North Terrace Church of Christ

Come join families, friends, and community leaders in an evening to celebrate the Legacy of Fatherhood as we honor local fathers who are devoted to their families and committed to our communities. Included as part of our annual meeting, is the award presentation to volunteers who have made a difference in ForeverDads this past year.

Check our Tribute page for updates on honorees and our sponsorship information.

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Honoree Spotlight: Dr. Nick A. Sarap

Dr. Nick A. Sarap was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, son of Ann and Nick Sarap. Nick learned the value of hard work from his father. Because there was no money for higher education Nick started his own business at age 16. He would get up very early every morning in the summer, drive 40 miles to Pittsburgh to the railroad Produce Yards and buy fresh produce. He would than sell the produce door to door in his hometown. Nick made enough money to pay for both his college and medical school education.

Nick attended Bethany College, played on the baseball ...

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Honoree Spotlight: Ed Bowman

Ed Bowman was born in Zanesville to James and Sylvia Bowman. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and served his country in the Korean War.

Upon returning from Korea, Ed married Ruth Harmon. Soon after he began working for the US Postal service. Ruth and Ed then started a family that eventually grew to five children. Ed also has six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

In 1964 Ed was asked to coach the St. Thomas 8th grade basketball team. Ed’s coaching ...

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Honoree Spotlight: James Adornetto

James L. (Jimmy) Adornetto is the son of Sicilian immigrants Phillip and Catherine Adornetto. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio. Jimmy is a lifelong member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He attended St. Thomas Elementary school and graduated from Bishop Rosecrans. Jimmy was married to Connie with whom he shares one son, Adrian. Following their separation, Jimmy shared many memories with the late Jody Spencer. Adrian and wife Erika, and her two children Jase and Gabriella Grandstaff, have welcomed son Enzo James and daughter Giada Catherine Adornetto into their extended family. Jimmy

Jimmy got his first taste of entrepreneurship ...

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Honoree Spotlight: Ron Spiker

Ron Spiker was a quiet man who showed his passion and caring through his actions more so than through his words. Ron was dedicated to his family, his church, his community and his farm.

Ron was the son of Mabel and the late Stewart Spiker. He was born in Akron, moved to Muskingum County as a young child and graduated from John Glenn High School. Ron received his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a Master’s degree in agribusiness from The Ohio State University. After graduation he began working for Farm Credit Services until ...

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Honoree Spotlight: Dr. Raymond D. Watiker

Dr. Raymond D. Watiker was born in Zanesville, Ohio, to the late Albert and Lora Watiker. Dr. Watiker graduated from Zanesville High School and was a proud member of the Army Reserves. Dr. Watiker completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio University and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Watiker opened his first practice in Cincinnati, Ohio for two years. Then in 1970, Dr. Watiker and his family relocated to their hometown of Zanesville. Almost 50 years later, Dr. Watiker’s practice remains a pillar in the community ...

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