Fame Fathers


A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.

~ Billy Graham


About the Fame Fathers Initiative

Pastor Eugene Norris II

Pastor Eugene Norris II
CEO, Charisma Community Connection/ Fame Fathers

The mission of the Fame Fathers Initiative is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers and significant males.

The initiative is a response to escalating social concerns regarding "father absence" by providing fathers with access to services designed to prepare them to better meet the emotional, psychological, and financial needs of their children.

The initiative is a collaborative effort among several local fatherhood service providers, including:

  • Dads Do Care
  • Firm Foundation for Men
    Minister Reggie Ray
  • Man-Up Movement
    Evangelist Jonathan Greer
  • Men’s Fraternity: MOTL
    Deacon Jerry Gachett
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church "Men of Valor"
    Deacon Rick Owens
  • S.L.A.A.P (Start Living And Acting Positive)
    Mike Starks
  • Stark County
    Leonard Washington

Bright Ideas Ohio

Fame Fathers participates in the State of Ohio's Bright Ideas initiative. Bright Ideas Ohio is a project of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. It highlights promising practices by Ohio nonprofits to encourage peer-to-peer learning and innovation.


For more information on the Fame Fathers Initiative, please contact either CEO Pastor Eugene Norris or Program Manager John Hafford II at 330.873.9794.

Fame Fathers Receives Funding from the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood

Fame Fathers, a program of Charisma Community Connection and Summit County Fatherhood Initiative (SCFI), is 1 out of 7 groups in the state receiving the award.

This funding will allow for training, fatherhood sessions and materials, site development, events, and special speakers.

Pastor Eugene Norris, CEO of the Fame Fathers Initiative, is very optimistic about the potential of this undertaking: “For years we have noticed a missing component in many of our family and youth initiatives; that missing piece was the fathers. When we hear stats like, '80% of students in a local school don’t have fathers in the home,' or witness stories in the news such as one Stark County school having 64 girls pregnant (which is a key indicator of father absences), we know something must be done. We will use the grant to leverage other resources within the region to continue to strengthen and grow our efforts.”

Sharing this optimism was State Representative Vernon Sykes, who reiterated Norris's compelling comments during this fall’s SCFI “Fatherhood Summit” at Akron’s main library. Sykes reaffirmed not only his support, but also his commitment to fatherhood and fatherhood programs.




A program of Charisma Community Connections
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
serving fathers in northeast Ohio

1477 Copley Road, Akron, OH  44320 | 330.873.9794 | Fax 330.315.0399 |
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