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Annual FatherFest a Success

This years FatherFest was held in Downtown Springfield and record numbers attended.  The day was filled with great family friendly activites including a talent contest and  a performance from Vaughn Anthony brother of John Legend.  



Annual Golf Scramble held June 13th




2014 Second Quarter Edition of LightLines

Find out what's going on at Urban Light Ministries by reading the Second  Quarter Edition of LightLines.  The Official Newsletter of Urban Light Ministries.

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Absentee fatherhood problem targeted

By Sharahn D. Boykin

Staff Writer Springfield News-Sun

 Eli Williams speaks during the
 Clark County Fatherhood Commission’s
 Leadership Summit for Fatherhood at
 the Rocking Horse Center. Bill Lackey/Staff SpringfieldNews_sun


Clark County group considered a leader in Ohio in confronting problem.

SPRINGFIELD —Representatives from government, business and faith-related sectors crowded into a room at the Rocking Horse Center on Wednesday to discuss ways to engage and reduce the number of absentee fathers in Clark County.

An estimated 75 people attended the Leadership Summit on Fatherhood, which marked the second annual event held by the organizers of the fatherhood mobilization effort.

Clark County is one of four in the southwest region that received state training and $10,000 in seed money for a county fatherhood commission. These county commissions received training from the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood on organizing, assessing and planning fatherhood-related programs and events.

“We’re being told by the state we have gone far and beyond the other counties in terms of reporting,” said Eli Williams, the Fatherhood Clark County director and founder of Urban Light Ministries — the lead agency for fatherhood in the region.

Perrin Woods Elementary Principal Nena Dorsey participated in the summit and said the education group discussed the need to review education systems and protocols to make sure they were more inclusive of fathers. Often programs are designed to be appealing to families, but they are not necessarily targeted at fathers, she said.

“We want to make sure we’re being intentional with the inclusion of fathers,” Dorsey said.

Another group focused on higher education looked at ways to improve communication across the education sector, said Wendy Ford, a member of the group.

“It gives you an opportunity for a stronger network,” Ford said. “Hopefully it will build a healthier community. “All of the groups represented have value and could really help our school districts.”

An estimated 40 percent of homes in Springfield are fatherless compared to 28 percent of homes in Clark County, 25 percent of homes in Ohio and 33 percent of homes nationwide, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

“It’s not right that so many Clark County children are living in a home without their father,” Williams said.

Carri Brown, an Ohio Fatherhood Commission commissioner, said it is important to bringing resources together withing a community to help fathers be their best and thrive.

“The issue of healthy fatherhood is ubiquitous in that all sectors of society are influenced by healthy fatherhood,” Brown said.



Thad Townsend talks about fatherhood during the

Clark County Fatherhood Commission’s Leadership

Summit for Fatherhood at the RockingHorse Center.

Bill Lackey/Staff Springfield News-Sun

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Eli Williams Returns From Missions Trip

Eli Williams is pictured praying for and blessing some of the children of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic at a street meeting during New Hope Church's recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  Eli and his wife Judy spent two weeks ministering the love of Jesus.







 Video Presentation on Urban Lights Ministries