The Most Important Job

June 14, 2013


HOPE graduate Abraham Padin with his daughter Amberlise   

We want to wish every dad who calls Brooklyn home a wonderful Father’s Day this Sunday, and pay special tribute to the fathers who—in the face of significant challenges—are taking the steps to build brighter futures for their families.

With our community partner The HOPE Program, a comprehensive job readiness and placement nonprofit based in Downtown Brooklyn, we’re sharing the story of one such dad, Abraham Padin.

Growing up, Abraham was a good student yet ended up making some bad decisions, which led him to face drug-related felony charges for possession. His pretrial officer referred him to HOPE.

Abraham joined HOPE in January. As a single father with custody of his three-year-old daughter, Amberlise, he’s committed to providing for her and becoming a strong role model.

Today, Abraham is a graduate of HOPE’s GROCERYworks program, where he spent weeks in the classroom learning skills essential for career success and on-the-job as an intern at a local grocery store. He recently earned his GED and started working for a Manhattan-based catering company, where he’s on track for a promotion.

Above: Abraham at his HOPE graduation with City Council Member Stephen Levin.

But the most important job for Abraham is fatherhood.

Of his daughter, he says, “she means more to me than life itself.” He’s now looking forward to advancing in his career and ensuring his daughter doesn’t make the mistakes he did when he was young.

Brooklyn Community Foundation is proud to be a supporter of The HOPE Program to provide men and women ready for a second chance, like Abraham, with the skills they need to secure long-term employment and achieve financial security for their families. Their hope for a better life makes us all stronger.

This Father’s Day, honor a special dad in your life with a tribute gift in his name to the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Your support will make a difference in the lives of thousands of Brooklynites through the work of exceptional nonprofits like The HOPE Program.

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This week we mourn the passing of a great Brooklynite, Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan. For over 50 years, Bishop Sullivan provided guidance and care through his religious service and leadership of our community partner Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. Read their tribute to his life here.

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