A Hope-Filled Father's Day Ball Game

Here at Project Hope Alliance, we love Dad. Every day we work to honor the support, education, and promotion of him—for himself, for his family, for his community, and for the kids.

On Tuesday, June 14, we celebrated the amazing fathers we serve by taking them out to the ball game—the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium to be exact. La Shawn and Jordan from Team Kid, along with a few dads from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, our outing sponsor and phenomenal longtime partner, accompanied 25 of our rad dads to root, root, root for the home team, and for Dad

We know that in order to break the cycle of homelessness, we must uplift children and their parents through rapid rehousing and education. By sharing this experience with the dads we serve, they know that they matter, that they are supported every day, and that they deserve time for themselves. Tuesday served as a shining example of the power of connection and hope.

Here's a replay by our incredible intern and soon-to-be Coordinator, Family Stability, Jordan.

As the sun was setting on another gorgeous California day, I leaned back in my seat and took a deep breath. As I relaxed, I looked around myself. Several fathers who have seen far more difficult and challenging days than I were relaxing alongside me, taking in the smell of the grass (and hot dogs), watching the spectacular players and plays, and sipping fresh lemonade. It truly was an impeccable evening.

The Angels took a quick lead, only to have the Twins come roaring back. In the end, a fantastic outing by closing pitcher Houston Street sealed Minnesota’s fate, as Anaheim won 5-4. For the fathers who do not have the opportunity to enjoy a night at the ballpark very often, it was more than just a baseball victory. With so many stressors that come with the struggles that define homelessness, having a few hours to check out and watch a baseball game brings forth a more powerful victory than the game itself. It brings forth a victory of normality. It is so important to just have a normal night out, and that luxury is often lost when facing or recovering from homelessness.

I would like to thank St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and everyone who helped make this happen. I know the fathers were more than thrilled to enjoy a simple, fun, and normal night.

Happy Father's Day!

As we celebrate the dads we serve this Father's Day, we invite you to give in honor of Dad, who will receive a special honor card from Project Hope Alliance. To begin, visit our giving page and tap "Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone."