In the early 90’s, Onnie Kirk, became painfully aware of the demise of families in America and especially in African-American communities. After doing extensive research, it became evident to him that the cause of this demise was the absence of fathers in the home. In 1993, Onnie began taking two young men to work with him, and the Family Foundation Fund began soon after.
The days were spent working, teaching, training and sharing about his life and experiences. That summer, Onnie invited the young men to live with him and his family. The goal was for them to experience family life, and learn the ways of authentic Christ-centered manhood.
Statistics show that children who are raised in families without a strong father role model experience significant emotional, physical, social and financial problems later in life. In the United States today, approximately 70% of African-American homes do not have fathers present. Statistically, this means young males are ‘at-risk’ at a disproportionate risk for teen suicide, dropping out of school, chemical abuse, prison and behavioral problems.
The Family Foundation Fund was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry to serve the Metro Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas by providing a mentoring program to young boys, ages ten years old and older, whose fathers are absent from their lives. The Family Foundation Fund Mentoring Program is an intensive, multi-year, comprehensive commitment in which a mature, well-balanced Christian man acts as a surrogate father for an ‘at-risk’ youth who will have a long-term relationship and take an active interest in his life.
The Family Foundation Fund have proven successfully that these young men will break the cycle of fathers abandoning their children and all the difficulties that this causes. We are producing husbands and fathers who love the Lord, cherish their wives and children and know the value of hard work and responsibility.
“As a result of fervent prayer, God’s faithfulness, and the generous support from our financial partners, over the past 21 years, 94% of the Foundation sons who have graduated from our mentoring program have no criminal record and none have become teenage fathers. FFF sons have gone on to college (some on scholarship); joined the U.S. armed forces; became employed; and are responsible citizens.” ~ Onnie Kirk, Founder