Program helps father rebuild relationship with family

Published: Jun. 14, 2014 at 10:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2014 at 2:39 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - For the last decade, Fathers to Fathers has helped absent fathers reconnect with their children and families.

When Greg Felder found out about Fathers to Fathers, he had just been held in contempt during a family court hearing. He said his anger issues led to him speaking out.

"I was actually incarcerated at St. George's jail,” Felder said. “I found out about it from an inmate.”

He was having issues with his daughter’s mother.

"They didn't get along at all. It was just like oil and vinegar," Gregory’s new wife Allison Felder said.

"The mother and I were not co-parenting well,” Gregory said. “We decided that once the relationship broke up that we were going through things and arguing and not focusing on our child."

But after he finished his time in jail, he decided to start making the most of the time he had now.

"I didn't have a father figure around growing up, and I knew that I just wanted to be a part of my child's life,” Gregory said.

That's when Gregory joined the program with the help of a volunteer.

"He gave me the layout of it and told me it's going to be a 26-week program,” Gregory said. “He asked me if I was committed to it and he started me with goals to write down and that's how it started."

He says it was in the program that he learned to how to reconnect with his family.

"We learned about health issues, how to take care of your kids, how to take care of yourself, how to co-parent with your kids, how to deal with your anger, stress, anxiety, just how to make a better relationship for your child and anyone involved around your child," Gregory said.

As Gregory started to change, so did his relationships.

"Things are getting better between the mother and myself and the child and the relationship is just getting awesome everyday," Gregory said.

Now Gregory and his new wife are looking forward to enjoying a happy Father’s Day with his daughter.

"We're going to go see her tomorrow and we're going to go to Chuck E. Cheese, so I'm very excited about that," Allison said.

The program has 43 fathers enrolled right now either voluntarily or through court appointment.