Celebrating a Legacy of Change: Honoring Sister Carol Schumer’s 24 Years of Empowering Fathers

ST. LOUIS, MO – Fathers & Families Support Center (FFSC) proudly announces the retirement of a true changemaker – Daughters of Charity Sister Carol Schumer. After dedicating 24 years to transforming lives at FFSC, Sr. Carol will celebrate her remarkable journey on December 8, 2023, at University City High School. This grand event will honor her legacy and celebrate the success of FFSC’s latest graduating class of dedicated fathers and mothers.

Sr. Carol Schumer, parenting specialist and a beacon of hope at FFSC, has been instrumental in guiding men toward responsible fatherhood. Teaming up with founder Halbert Sullivan over two decades ago, Sr. Carol has been a cornerstone of FFSC’s six-week Family Formation program, imparting wisdom and skills to hundreds of fathers. Her impact is profound, with countless graduates expressing their gratitude for her life-changing guidance in parenting. To date, Sr. Carol has been a part of 159 graduating classes of fathers with the exception of the few that occurred before she was hired in 1999.

Reflecting on her career, Sr. Carol shares, “It has been my privilege and joy to walk alongside these men, guiding them to discover their vital role in their children’s emotional and psychological development. Witnessing their transformation into responsible and loving fathers has been the most rewarding experience of my career.”

FFSC’s Chief Operating Officer Cheri Tillis adds, “Sr. Carol’s influence extends far beyond the classroom. Her positive spirit and deep commitment to our mission have left an indelible mark on our staff and the families we serve. Her legacy will continue to inspire us as we move forward.”

Event Details:

Occasion: Sister Carol Schumer’s Retirement & Legacy Celebration

Date/Time: Friday, December 8, 2023, from 6 PM to 8 PM

Venue: University City High School, 7401 Balson Ave, University City, MO 63130

About Fathers & Families Support Center (FFSC)

Celebrating its 25th year, FFSC has been a catalyst for change, impacting 20,000 fathers and 50,000 children since its inception in 1998. FFSC’s hallmark six-week Family Formation program has been a cornerstone of this success, leading to transformative outcomes in parenting, employment, and family stability. In 2022 alone, FFSC facilitated the growth of nearly 300 fathers in their parenting journey while contributing significantly to the local economy and child support collections. Also in 2022, FFSC helped the State of Missouri collect over $1.67M in child support from its program participants (in one year!).

Evolved from its original focus, FFSC is now a nationally recognized agency with expansive services for fathers and mothers. The agency’s commitment to breaking cycles of poverty and enhancing child welfare through comprehensive parenting education remains steadfast.

As FFSC envisions the future, CEO Cheri Tillis emphasizes the organization’s dedication to growth and community impact, supported by a strong board and community partnerships.

For more information about FFSC’s impactful work and details about the upcoming celebration, please contact Sid Officer at 314-351-2818, sofficer@fatherssupport.org or visit fatherssupportcenter.org