“It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
-Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Tavis dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher and making a positive impact on generations of students. Every day, he’s working hard to accomplish that goal while serving as a strong, steady role model for his two young children.
However, life hasn’t always been easy for this 26-year-old father. Even though Tavis worked two jobs while attending Georgia State University, it wasn’t enough to cover his family’s financial needs. When he and his wife, Shamica, had trouble paying their rent and making ends meet, Tavis turned to Buckhead Christian Ministry.
“My credit was so bad,” he recalls. “I needed help.”
Fortunately, BCM provided emergency assistance, housing support and financial counseling to help this hard-working father and his family during a time of financial crisis. Best of all, BCM empowered Tavis with the tools to achieve long-term financial stability and helped him get on a solid career path.
“BCM is an excellent resource for people who need to start over,” he raves. “It’s a great program to help you get on the right track.”
Fortunately, like so many BCM clients, Tavis’s story has a happy ending. This Atlanta native recently completed his degree in Health and Physical Education at Georgia State University and is currently working as a paraprofessional in DeKalb County while he completes his teaching certification requirements. He’s well on his way to achieving his dream of being a teacher.
“I’m working toward my goals and providing for my family,” he explains. “I want to make sure they have a bright future. To me, being a great father means putting my kids first, doing what’s right and being there for them every day.”
Tavis is one of many devoted fathers we help throughout the year. On Sunday, June 15, we hope you’ll take a moment to thank all the dads who go “above and beyond” to support their loved ones and who serve as important role models in their children’s lives.
How can you help fathers like Tavis? Please make a donation to support our ongoing initiatives to assist Atlanta families. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and truly has the power to change lives.
Another way to make a positive impact right here in our community is become a BCM volunteer. Please click HERE to learn more. As always, we are deeply grateful for your support.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!