Families First Family: Meet Crispus Moore

Published: May 23, 2017

Crispus Moore enjoys watching people succeed. Having joined Families First 15 months ago, he has an arsenal of powerful stories about Families First clients changing their lives through resilience and fortitude. While getting him to share stories of client success is easy, getting him to talk about himself is...difficult.

“I’m boring!” Crispus admitted, “I have nothing to tell.” But a quick chat with staff around the office revealed he is anything but boring.

“I just knew he was something special,” shared Brenda Springer, Families First HR Assistant, “I met him at a job fair at IUPUI and as we discussed the Father Engagement Program, instead of continuing to stand, he knelt so that he was eye-level to us at our table. We talked for quite a bit and I just knew he had to work with us.”

Crispus is a Case Manager in the Father Engagement Program where he and other staff work closely with the Department of Child Services (DCS), serving fathers who are referred to Families First. In the Father Engagement Program, fathers are educated about the DCS process, legal rights, connected to community resources, and helped to have meaningful contact with their children. Just recently, Crispus watched two fathers successfully move through the program, securing jobs and housing. One was even able to have his DCS case closed because he was awarded guardianship of his children. In response to what that success meant to him, Crispus shared that as a father, it is so powerful to watch other men persevere. 

Crispus is a husband, father of two, graduate student and a Michigan State fan. He also has shared the mission and vision of Families First as a staff volunteer at the 2017 Pride Festival and the 2017 Indiana Black Expo. When asked why he chose to go into social work, the answer came quickly, he just wants to help. Growing up, Crispus was a witness to addiction. He has watched people bounce back stronger than ever and he has seen people succumb to the illness. It has given him a level of emotional intelligence and sensitivity that he never leaves home without.

 It also makes him a bit of an optimist, because anything is possible when you are ready to change and that sentiment is true for Crispus and his story. Crispus received his GED at 26, his Bachelor of Social Work at 33 and is currently working on his Master’s degree. While all four of his older brothers went directly to college, it took him awhile to be ready for that responsibility, something he can also empathize with his clients about. In the future, he hopes to deepen his work at Families First, using the tools gained through school and professional experience to connect with clients and assist them in changing their lives.