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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014 Lordsburg Housing Authority hq00nq00rs Dad during HUD's l?r00tther's Day Initi00Ll've communities are coming together tional Conversation on Respon- the poverty line. Furthermore, in starting a national discussion Courtesy submission For the fourth consecutive year, Father's Day attracted hun- dreds of communities across the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Ur- ban Development's Reconnect- ing Families and Dad's Program, hosting free events to support dads living in public housing to stay connected with their chil- dren. This year, over 400 local public housing agencies hosted events to celebrate fatherhood and family, including the Lordsburg Housing Authority. "All across America, housing authorities and their surrounding to host activities that will bring fathers and their children closer together," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, a father of two. "Kids who have involved fathers in their lives grow up to be hap- pier, healthier and better prepared to succeed in life. These events connect dads with the resources they need to help them be the best fathers they can be." Local housing authorities will offer activities for fathers and their children who live in public housing or the surrounding com- munity. The events have a two- fold purpose: offering activities for fathers and their children and to connect these men to eco- nomic development resources. HUD's Father's Day initiative is part of a larger Obama Admin- istration effort to promote re- sponsible fatherhood. The Na- Photos courtesy LHA sible Fatherhood and Strong Communities focuses on father- hood and at-risk youth - a prior- ity for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. When addressing the impor- tance of fathers, President Obama once said at a Father's Day event, "Our children don't need us to be superheroes. They don't need us to be perfect. They do need us to be present. They need us to show up and give it our best shot, no matter what else is going on in our lives. They need us to show them - not just with words, but with deeds- that they, those kids, are always our first priority." According to U.S. Census data, 24 million American chil- dren live in a home without a fa- ther. NFI has also found that chil- dren in fatherless homes are five times more likely to live be!ow these children are more likely to drop out of school or be incarcer- ated. Modeled after a 2010 New York City Housing campaign and following President Obama's lead on responsible fatherhood, the initiative aims to strengthen the bond between children and their fathers, who are often absent from the lives of their children who live in public housing. The,washing machine doesn't do the laundry. Power does. Power works tirelessly around the house. It helps us do the things we need to do -- and lets us do the things we want to do. To that end, electric cooperatives across the West are working hard to make sure that power is reliable, affordable and responsible. With their power supplier, Tri-State, co-ops are innovating to help homeowners, farmers and ranchers, and businesses use power wisely. In doing so, members of electric co-ops save money and make better use of resources. Learn more at PowerWgrksForYou.coo P. A Touchstone Energnf Cxopevative Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association P.O. Box 33695 Denver, CO 80233 Wholesale power supplier to 44 electric cooperatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Wyoming.