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3rd annual New York Fathering Conference held in White Plains

Westchester dads participated in workshops and discussions about job training, government programs, and health and parenting skills

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The 3rd Annual New York Fathering Conference was an inspiring event for many dads at the Westchester County Center on Tuesday.

Hundreds of fathers came together to learn about job training, government programs, and health and parenting skills.

"To see their lives change and have people say, you know, this program was a breath of fresh air for them; that to me, you can't put a price-tag on that. It's just immeasurable and we're very happy about that," said Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Social Services, Joe Kenner.

"When I got that call, my whole life changed," said Dion Drew, a father who has had been in and out jail since he was 14-years-old.

It was when he was busted by an undercover police officer selling drugs that he did his time and turned his life around.

He credits Greyston Bakery, a Yonkers-based company that hires without background checks, interviews or references, with saving his life and making him the father that he is today.

"I’ve been a father for 6 years and it's just so important that we work, do the right thing and be there for our family," added Drew.

Hoping to set an example for other struggling parents, he shared his story standing alongside president and CEO of Greyston, Mike Brady.

After a panel discussion, the dads participated in a variety of workshops.

John Fuller, a father and case manager said, "There’s so many resources that fathers, parents, do not know about and it's events like this where we can come together, share knowledge, and share information."

Many fathers left with a handful of resources and were optimistic about future.

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