Lattie Dark was an early adopter of the programs offered by the Partnership, having attended Goodwill computer classes at the Northside Family Learning Center when the building first opened in 2010. But back then, Lattie had no idea of the range of support that he would draw from Partnership programs. Perhaps the most important lessons he would learn here were still to come.
When Lattie heard his niece was not able to care for her son, A’Mier, in a healthy environment, he stepped in and brought A’Mier home to live with him and his family. A’Mier was just a baby. Lattie and his wife had already raised five children, but something in Lattie knew he wanted to do the best job he could with A’Mier. Lattie and A’mier came to the Partnership’s Block Party in 2013, where he learned about the Nurturing Parents program. Lattie signed up and became a star pupil. He learned new ways how to handle the stress of parenting, how to establish nurturing routines, and how to foster self-esteem in A’Mier… and in himself. Lattie says it best in his own words…
“This program taught me so much. It taught me I have to be there all the time for A’Mier and be involved in his life, so that he can have a good life.”
Today, A’Mier is a thriving toddler, attending a Head Start pre-school. And Lattie is continues to improve his parenting skills though his enrollment in our partner Family Lifeline’s education program, Parents As Teachers (PAT). Lattie bursts with pride every time A’Mier looks up at him and calls him “dad.” “I owe so much to the Partnership, Family Lifeline and the Nurturing Parents program. It has made me a better father for A’Mier and that means so much to me.”