Date: November 29, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

Dad's Coaching 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 Center. 

For further information regarding the Dad's Coaching Clinic, contact Pastor Philip Hulzebos at 863-646-2860.

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