Posted: Mar 9, 2013 1:02 PM by Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Halbert Sullivan knows about being a distant, uninvolved father - he was once one himself. Now, the suburban St. Louis man helps other men become better dads.
A Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis (http://bit.ly/10cDFy9 ) report says Sullivan recently won national recognition for his effort. Last month, he received the Golden Pin for the President's Volunteer Service Award.
Sullivan struggled for years with drug addiction, crime and went to jail three times. He was long absent from the lives of his children.
In the 1990s he began to turn his life around and went back to college to become a drug counselor. He opened the Fathers' Support Center in St. Louis in 1997.
Since then the center has helped more than 9,000 fathers become financially and emotionally involved parents.