From press reports
Strong marriages are important for individuals, families and the community and Mississippi’s divorce rate is among the highest in the nation. In an effort to strengthen the foundation of our community, Unity Baptist Church of Louisville recently hosted a Building Strong Families marriage education workshop. Dr. George Miller, Project Manager for Building Strong Families along with Dr. John Daniels, Elder Ethen Gillespie and Ms. Barbara Culberson, conducted the two- hour long seminars. “The workshop adds another dimension to the active marriage ministry already in place at Unity Baptist,” said Miller. Bishop Joseph Berry, pastor at Unity Baptist Church, encouraged participants to help spread the word about this important event and future events they will be hosting. Unity will be used as a hub and training site for these ongoing educational workshops. Family-Centered Programs’ Building Strong Families Project is a recently funded 3-year project developed to strengthen marriages and improve relationship skills for couples living in Oktibbeha, Choctaw and Winston County. In addition, the program will provide job and career advancement activities for families in the three-county area. The workshop curriculum, Eight Habits of a Successful Marriage, is designed to assist couples in enriching their relationship. Usually conducted in churches and community organizations, these entertaining and interactive workshops equip couples with knowledge to improve communication and encourage mutual respect. While this workshop is academically based, it is often hosted by area churches and is open to everyone. Topics such as “Be Proactive” and “Think Win- Win” are designed to encourage couples to “think outside the box” and truly evaluate how they communicate with one another. Couples learn effective ways to stay engaged in their relationship. The Starkville School District’s Department of Family-Centered Programs recently received a 2.1 million dollar grant for this educational program, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative. Career counseling, job shadowing and financial literacy/ money management opportunities are also available for those who participate. If you want to learn more about this exciting program or want to become involved, contact Family-Centered Programs, Dr. George Miller, (662) 615-0033, “like us” on Facebook (Building Strong Families-FCP) or check out our website www.buildingstrong.org .