New Jersey’s Oldest Non-Profit Relaunches as “The Father Center”

TRENTON, N.J. (June 17, 2020) – UIH Family Partners, a Trenton-based community organization that provides innovative programs and services to support men in meeting the responsibilities of fatherhood,  announced the completion of its rebranding, establishing itself as The Father Center of New Jersey (“The Father Center.”)

The name, The Father Center, reflects the strength of the nonprofit’s continued mission to support men in gaining the skills and meeting the responsibilities of fatherhood. The organization believes that when fathers are empowered to be good parents, the entire community benefits.

Through a focus on career counseling and workforce development programs, fathers are given opportunities to gain skills and financially support their families. The Father Center offers fathers the emotional, social and economic resources to improve their lives and, in turn, those of their children.

“Rebranding as The Father Center signifies our organization’s recommitment to fathers and father figures in our community. Now more than ever, we must focus on helping fathers gain the life skills to be involved with their families and work skills to be able to contribute financially,” said Karen Andrade-Mims, Executive Director. “The new name represents our vision to empower every father to meet the responsibilities of fatherhood – socially, emotionally, and economically.”

The Father Center is New Jersey’s longest serving nonprofit. Several Trenton families seeking to protect vulnerable children and support families founded the organization as Union Industrial Home for Children, in 1859. Serving first as an orphanage, the agency has grown to focus on improving quality of life for children by supporting the father figures in their lives. Today, The Father Center serves over 1,500 fathers each year, guiding them to create strong, nurturing relationships with their children.

“I am pleased to see The Father Center’s growth and impact over the past 161 years and to see it emerge as the state’s only program dedicated to helping improve the lives of fathers and children,” said Wayne Mernone, Board President. “Today, it’s an innovative community organization helping fathers fully engage with their children.”

The organization’s free programs include career counseling, computer literacy training, parenting education, and mental health and trauma support.

To accompany The Father Center’s enhanced features and initiatives, the organization has also launched a new website,, that represents its refreshed commitment to serving fathers in its community.

The Father Center’s Video