Jason was living in Las Vegas with his son when he decided it was time for a change. The two of them arrived in Des Moines ready for a fresh start, but unsure of what to do next. As he started to meet people and make new connections, Jason started to find his way. He realized he had a passion to help kids have every opportunity they could have in life. "Everybody is going through something, and we don't know their stories," he shares. Jason had specific ways in which he wanted to help youth but couldn't find the exact program he was looking for, so he decided to start one. "I planned for a year, and then I spent about a year working through logistics, and then we got started. I want to have a place where kids can get off the street, get an education, and find the training they need to better their lives." Jason started the nonprofit with the mission to advocate for young, at-risk male youth by focusing on mental health, education, and job training and development.
Jason became involved with Single Parent Provision by attending our Single Dads Day event. There he made valuable connections that encouraged him to do the things he felt like should do. "Everybody needs someone like that in their lives to encourage them and to help them and Single Parent Provision was that for me." He and his son have also been involved in Break Time, where his son has become an amazing volunteer. "He enjoys being able to work with the kids, and he always tells his friends how much fun he has there!" Jason wants other single fathers to know that it is okay to reach out for help. "We like to try to do things on our own or we think that we can do it all by ourselves. But sometimes we just need to ask for help; there is nothing wrong with that. And walking alongside other parents with similar stories makes you feel like you're not alone."
There are many joys to being a single father, but it also comes with its challenges. "Just keeping up with the schedule and making sure my son has everything he needs can be a challenge. Every day is different. Then with coronavirus, we had to decide if he should play football or what would be the best thing to do for him this year." Jason said one thing that brings him life is writing. He says he gets all of his ideas this way. "I often just need to sit and write it all down. Some days it can take hours to get it all out, but I find a lot of joy in the writing."
We are so glad to know you, Jason! We know that God has big plans for you, your family, and the organization you've begun, and we're glad to be along for the ride!
Published September 2020