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Every relationship has its own story. What do you want yours to be?
A Happy Relationship is within your reach! If you are an engaged couple or a single individual who desires to have a strong marriage in the future or a married couple that wants to strengthen your marriage, we can help! Marriage for Keeps has a team ready to assist you in learning the tools to communicating, relating to your current or future mate and working to have a healthier, stronger relationship. Call (316) 712-6045 for more information or to take advantage of the assistance and resources available.
How We Help
Relationship Enrichment Groups (REG): Small groups of individuals meet to discuss topics and learn tools to help them develop healthy relationships. Some of the topics discussed are Communication Danger Signs, The Seven Principles of Smart Love, A Look at Past and Present Relationships, and What is a Good Relationship?.
Marriage Enrichment Groups (MEG): a group of five to 10 couples meet to focus time and attention on their relationships. Some of the topics discussed are Keys to Good Communication, Hidden Issues-The Big Ten, Keeping the Fun Alive, Sharing Expectations and Showing Your Love & Commitment.These groups are led by trained facilitators to provide proven tools to strengthen relationships.
Family Support Specialist: To support, one to one, individuals and couples by listening and assisting them with the tools learned in the Enrichment Groups. Provide referrals for resources to assist couples and individuals with identified needs.
Supportive Services: To provide, as needed, continuing education and employment resources, parenting and financial resources for participants.
Employment Specialist: To provide, as needed, education and employment resources for participants who are unemployed or underemployed.
Please call 316-712-6045 to sign up!
Marriage for Keeps allows Catholic Charities to support services such as healthy marriage education by providing an array of services to include one-to-one individual and couple support, marriage education and activities to strengthen family bonds and healthy relationships. Marriage for Keeps has been designed to provide a variety of resources and skills training to married couples in an effort to help them sustain healthy marriages, raise happier children and create more stable families.
In 2006, the Marriage for Keeps project began as a federally-funded project as part of the Supporting Healthy Marriage landmark national study. Kansas was one of eight sites nationally chosen to participate. Nearly 800 couples in Kansas took part in the project which concluded in December, 2011. The study evaluated the effects on couple relationships with the goal of ultimately improving the lives of children.
Now, Catholic social services in Dodge City, Garden City, Kansas City, Manhattan, Salina and Wichita continue to offer the Marriage for Keeps project and are working to expand to Pittsburg and Topeka to continue to provide services to help strengthen families by strengthening relationships.
Opportunity to Partner
Due to the success of this groundbreaking project in creating healthy marriages and improving family dynamics, Marriage for Keeps has a strong interest to partner with other organizations that believe healthy relationships make for a better community. For more information, please contact Patricia Houston at (316) 264-8344 ext. 1302 or by email, phouston@CatholicCharitiesWichita.org.
Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Families Grant: 90FM0042.
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Families.