In 1993, Onnie began taking two young men to work with him, and the Family Foundation Fund mentoring program began soon after. The days were spent working, teaching, training and sharing about his life and experiences. That summer, Onnie and Margienell invited the young men to live with them and their family. The goal was for them to experience family life, and learn the ways of authentic Christ-centered manhood and positive family dynamics which would impact their lives for generations.
The Family Foundation Fund was founded in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry to serve the Metro Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas by providing a comprehensive, multi-year, mentoring program in which mature, well-balanced Christian men and their families act as surrogate father and family and establish long-term relationships with disadvantaged boys, ages ten years old and older, who are from homes with absent fathers, and assist them in becoming successful, Christ-center citizens and future fathers who will impact the destiny of future generations.
Statistics show that children who are raised in families without a strong father role model experience significant emotional, physical, social and financial problems later in life. In the United States today, approximately 70% of African-American homes do not have fathers present. Statistically, this means young males are ‘at-risk’ at a disproportionate risk for teen suicide, dropping out of school, poverty, chemical abuse, prison and behavioral problems.
100% of our program graduates complete their high school graduation requirements and either go onto college, enroll in the Armed Services, or became gainfully employed productive citizens.