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Brothers Helping Fathers
September 20, 2018
JONESBORO- The brothers of Zeta Mu Nu Chapter and the State of Georgia Omega Psi Phi organization partnered with the Department of Family Services (DFS) to educate the public on an initiative and executive order signed by Governor Nathan Deal called the “Fatherhood Program”. The initiative was created when recession hit the state Georgia and many Georgians were being laid off. The initiative laid out provisions that were designed to help non-custodial parents remain active in their children’s lives.
The Fatherhood Program provides education, training, and job placement for non-custodial parents that have child support cases. It provides support for the unemployed, under-employed, job seekers interested in training, or those seeking a high school diploma or GED.
Zeta Mu Nu Chapter hosted a class of 40 persons interested in learning more about what the Fatherhood Program could offer. The seminar was held Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. The church is pastored by Brother Dr, Terrance Gattis (also a member of Zeta Mu Nu Chapter). Also while hosting the seminar, the Department of Family Services Live Streamed the event, creating a larger social and educational footprint. The success of the program has allowed non-custodial parents to thrive and further their vocational goals without fear of discipline by the state of Georgia court system. When surveyed, several persons attending the event expressed an excitement about the value of information they received. The seminar was held on the September 20, 2018 and chaired by Brother Kelvin Turner.
Published in Omega Publication, "The Pearl"
Clayton County Job Fair
September 14, 2018
The Henry County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in collaboration with Clayton State University and the Zeta Mu Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. are hosting a job fair, according to a press release.
The event takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14th at Clayton State University in Morrow. According to organizers, the hiring event will provide:
Access to employers
Job readiness training
Free business suits
Major companies will be present and ready to hire on the spot so applicants are encourage to bring plenty of resumes.
Information: RCJF@clayton.edu or 678-466-4608
Published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Local fraternity chapter funds school uniforms for Huie Elementary students
September 14, 2018
FOREST PARK — Certain students at Huie Elementary will start the next school year with new uniforms, thanks to the local alumni chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Fraternity members visited the school May 1 to present school administrators with a check for $1,445. The funds will go toward the purchase of uniforms for families who could not otherwise afford them.
Bruce Parks, the deputy chief over Support Operations with the Clayton County Police Department, was among the special visitors. He said the group wanted to donate to the school in a tangible way. “We feel like we’re making a big difference,” he said.
Through his fraternity’s donation, Parks hopes to level the playing field for student self-esteem and success. “Sometimes families struggle with uniforms, because some parents are able to provide, but not everyone is able,” he said.
Parks became involved with the Omega Psi Phi Friendship Foundation in recent years after rubbing elbows with fraternity members at community events. He sees mentorship as part of his job as a police officer and was impressed by the group’s commitment to local youth. “I wanted to do it on a broader scale outside of police work to better reach the community,” he said.
The fraternity also puts on other community-building initiatives such as blood drives, fundraisers and voter registration. The money for Huie Elementary School was raised through member support and other events. Parks said he hopes that the children he mentors will have a positive view of his job and of law enforcement. One day, they may grow up to be like him. Other fraternity members in various industries do the same. “This is what we do, this is what we expect,” Parks said of Omega Psi Phi. “Our purpose is just to help young men and women grow.”
Published in the Clayton Daily News