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Founded in September 2015, Men for Hope, Inc. was established to (S)upport underserved men, (O)rganize their efforts in the community, and (W)ork with organizations providing services for single women parenting young men – the SOW concept. As a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) public charity, Men for Hope endeavors to “SOW seeds” that promote education, financial literacy, and self-fulfillment through mentorship and resources.

Support and Life Skills Training for Men

As boys, men are usually taught by a male figure, who was taught the same thing, to get up when they fall and not to cry. This response was contrary to the way he was feeling and could lead to him not trusting his emotions. Similar to spelling a name in a way that dispels phonics, you just can’t seem to get the spelling right unless someone helps you. Without someone who explains the differences to you, you may misspell words for the rest of your life. This same principle applies to your emotions, which usually don’t pose a problem until men are expected to get in touch with their emotions to deal with others.

Many men are afraid to address how they really feel, which can lead to failed relationships and families. The problem is men are too macho to talk about their issues. Each man wants the next person to believe his world is functioning properly, because he believes the world is golden across the street. This misconception can lead to depression, lack of understanding, feeling alone, and seeking help in the wrong places.

Society is currently dealing with issues resulting from a struggling economy, domestic violence, and mistrust of authorities. Society has been dealing with issues like domestic violence from a reactive standpoint. Men for Hope works to find out why men commit such acts and, hopefully, reduce the need for organizations that help women who are victims of these situations. Addressing domestic violence is one of the many things Men for Hope will explore to help men with issues that are unique to them.

Some of the topics we will address are:

Effective communication • Handling stress • Finances • Relationships • Health and nutrition • Domestic violence • Family life • Business • Presentation • Understanding purchases and the tax implications • Other issues facing young and older men alike

Using trained professionals, e-Learning, and the school of hard knocks, we will SOW seeds to bring awareness to issues that have existed for ages and work to stop the cycles – Men helping men!

Organize Men in the Community

Men for Hope is creating a group called the “First Responders” – the first group to volunteer where we’re needed in the community. Many organizations do everything you can imagine, but often lack enough volunteers. Men for Hope will provide the manpower – both intellectual and muscular – to help organizations help others. Men for Hope will host several positive events throughout the year to bring the community together and raise funds for organizations that support women and their families.

Work with Organizations that Support Women

Traditionally, men support organizations that support kids, but you rarely find men working with organizations that support women. Just as men are faced with challenges so, too, are women. Lack of communication between men and women is the number one cause of failed relationships. A single incident can cause things to go astray, but the problem can usually be traced back poor communication. Working with these organizations, Men for Hope will be able to identify existing problems and causes. This first-hand look at the source allows us to come up with solutions – eliminating the need for some of the protective services.  By observing and communicating how men’s actions affect women, we can do a better job at alleviating the negative effects.

Basically, Men for Hope, Inc. supports men. We help each other become better citizens and, in turn create, stronger relationships and family units. We believe relieving some of the stresses men consistently face will help them live healthier, longer lives that contribute to their relationships. “Come on, men, let’s talk!”