AIR Co-Founder Kurt Baker recently received the Platinum Dad Award from UIH Family Partners, Trenton's oldest non-profit that focuses on protecting children in families where one parent, frequently the father, does not live with their children. The organization serves more than 1,500 fathers each year through work readiness, job search and employment retention assistance, parenting education, computer literacy training, HSE (formerly GED) preparation, and anger, stress and time management.
"As a father blessed with two children, one of whom with a severe mental health disorder, I am deeply honored to be recognized by UIH Family Partners in their mission to help fathers obtain the skills to be the best they can be. Our family learned much from our beloved son and brother Kenny who died by suicide shortly after his 19th birthday. He taught us we that we must move past the stigma of mental health disorders and teach all young parents the signs and symptoms so they are better prepared should their child be one of the 25% who will ultimately be diagnosed. Giving our children the tools and hope for healing will ensure they all enjoy the long and happy lives they deserve," Kurt said.
Pictured on the left is Kurt with Cheri Hennessy Durst, Vice President of Develop-ment and Strategic Partnerships, United Way of Greater Mercer County.