Fathers Building Futures gives dads a second chance

Posted at: 06/13/2014 8:22 AM
Updated at: 06/13/2014 8:23 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For some Albuquerque dads, last Father's Day was spent in prison, but not this year. With the help of a local program, they're working towards a better life for themselves and their kids.

This place is all about second chances. Second chances for dads like Travis Scott Chavez. "I was incarcerated for around 18 months," Chavez said. He had no job, but he had responsibilities - his four kids. "You've been out of the loop so long, you know, it's kind of hard getting back reestablished," Chavez said.

Two months ago, he joined Fathers Building Futures, a federally funded program through PB&J Family Services. It's for dads, just like him; dads who used to be in prison. Here he's learned social skills, and about woodwork and auto detailing. Skills, Travis hopes, can lead him to a job down the road.

"We make mistakes. Everybody does and you know, mine were more serious than most and I had to pay the consequences for it, but I think more than paying the consequences, it's not really about that. It's about what you do to change the circumstances, you know?" Chavez said.

And changes he's making for himself and for his kids.

Travis says this program has improved his relationship with his four kids, and these dads will be having an early Father's Day festival. You're invited, just visit http://fathersbuildingfutures.org for more information.