Being a parent is one the hardest jobs on the planet. Like mothers, a fathers work can go unnoticed. But the city of Roanoke is showing some love to a few great dad’s in the area. According to Greg Goodman of the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority fathers play a pivotal role in childhood development.
“Statistics show us that homes without fathers, the kids normally have issues as far as truancy in school, learning disabilities and things like that.”
The 6th annual Father’s Day Festival was held at Eureka Park. Spencer was honored by Mayor Sherman Lea for the work they’ve done in the community. Spencer, also received a plaque and was named Father of the Year.
“Being a father is something I don’t take lightly and today in society you hear of many children that don’t have fathers or father figures around I take my responsibility quite seriously,” says Spencer.
Spencer has children who are autistic and says winning this award isn’t about being the best. Instead, it’s about being a good role model to not only his kids but the community.
I want to make a difference. I see so many opportunities out there to be involved and it’s not about me. I want to see something change. I want to have that change being done and I believe I can be a small part in making that change happen,” explains Spencer.
Though the dad’s may be in the spotlight, it will always take a village to raise a child.
Today may be about fathers but it’s about everyone. So the five fathers represent the whole community coming together as a whole to really uplift the kids that we work with and the kids in community,” states Goodman.