Our services are community-centered, trauma-informed and evidence-based.
Promoting Healthy Couple and Co-parenting Relationships
The skills-based, evidence-informed HMRE curricula designed to help parents form, improve, and sustain healthy relationships and marriages include:
- Elevate: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level. Grounded in the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model (NERMEM), Elevate blends practical skills with an understanding of the physiology of human interaction to enhance knowledge and skills essential to healthy relationships. Couples learn to practice mindfulness to regulate their heart-brain response to stressful triggers.
- Together We Can: Creating a Healthy Future for our Family. Originally developed by Michigan State University Extension, Together We Can helps strengthen and improve the co-parenting relationships of single parents. Lessons in this six-module curriculum include: positive co-parenting relationships, stress and conflict management strategies, ongoing involvement of both parents, money management/child-support payment, and healthy decisions about romantic and couple relationships.
Building Financial Capability
Consistent with the community-based Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Workforce Framework, we will help families make progress toward lasting economic stability with the following financial literacy and asset building programs and services:
- Discovering Money Solutions. Adapted from Money Smarts for Adults, a comprehensive financial education curriculum that helps low- and moderate-income individuals enhance their financial knowledge and skills, Discovering Money Solutions is designed to change parents’ thinking and attitudes around money and motivate them to make positive changes in financial behaviors. During this 6-hour program, parents learn information related to optimal use of financial institutions, spending, savings, investing plans, building or repairing credit, managing debt, and financial goal setting.
- Free Tax Preparation Assistance. Supervised IRS certified UGA student-volunteers will assist participating families in preparing and filing their federal/state income tax returns, learn about child-related tax credits, and tax savings options. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms will also be processed, if desired, to support parents attending a local job training program.
- Connection with Partner Organizations. We will also connect program participants to appropriate, low-cost financial services such as savings accounts, checking accounts, and credit-rebuilding loans, as well as GED courses available through Technical Colleges across Region V and local workforce development programs.