November 29, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Clinic in Polk County Sheriff's Office Central County Jail
The Polk County
Sheriff's Office allows male inmates in the Central County Jail to take
part in the Dad's Coaching Clinic. The program's slogan is Making Dads
into Great Dads. Philip Hulzebos, a pastor at Trinity Christian Center
in Highland City, serves as the program's facilitator.
Since its introduction in February of this year, the Dad's Coaching Clinic
has grown to 15 members who attend the meetings every Wednesday at 1:30
p.m. within the Central County Jail. The program is 4 weeks long and is
voluntary. Inmates wishing to participate are giving a 4 week curriculum
in a work book provided by Honor Bound, an affiliation of the
Men's Ministry of the Assembly of God.
Inmates are not pressured to accept any particular religious denomination,
but they are introduced to Christian principles. According to
Hulzebos, who has also worked with teens suffering from drug problems, I
challenge them to assume the role in their children's lives that a father
is supposed to. The curriculum provides fathers with the necessary tools
to be the men their kids need them to be. In order to get a
certificate of completion for the program, an individual must attend at
least three of the sessions. During the weekly meetings,
participants are introduced to various aspects of fatherhood and how to
improve their parental skills.
Although the clinic is only 4 weeks long, some inmates join the program
and are released prior to completion. In theses instances, Hulzebos allows
fathers the opportunity to complete the program at the Trinity Christian
For further information regarding the Dad's Coaching Clinic, contact
Pastor Philip Hulzebos at 863-646-2860.