Battling addiction to become a stronger father

on 18 August 2016

 "To be successful you must surrender and want to stop addiction, ask God to walk with you because man can't do it alone, and have prayer in your heart", Rob Anderson.

After years of addiction, rehab and detoxes, Rob Anderson found a path to recovery through a Turning Points for Children parenting program.  A father of 5 and grandfather of 13, Rob says the help Turning Points provided was crucial to his success.

Rob was homeless for a period of time after a fire destroyed his home. He found sanctuary at the Outley House, a homeless shelter in Southwest Philadelphia. 

He met Yvonne Andrews of Turning Points at the shelter when she made a presentation about the fatherhood group. Yvonne had no problem staying late, coming early and spending time outside of the parenting group.

The Turning Points fatherhood group is an opportunity for absentee fathers to learn to nurture and provide for their children. The classes run for 12 weeks and teach researched based information in a non-judgmental, safe and sharing environment.

Fathers have the opportunity to improve communication with families and work on becoming role models for their children. Rob feels the class opened a different perspective on life and taught him the importance of patience.

Rob Anderson graduated from the fatherhood parenting class in January 2016 and he has left the shelter. He has been clean for 10 years.

If you know someone who could benefit from our parenting programs, please contact Louise Leibowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Yvonne Andrews at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..