CRE Grant Funds Marriage Seminar

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 11, 2007) - The Center for Relationship Enrichment (CRE) will offer the “I Choose Us: Growing a Passionate Marriage” workshop in Siloam Springs, Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost for this event is $10 per couple, which covers the cost of food, beverages, and childcare, if needed. The event will be held at Harvard Avenue Baptist Church, 760 S. Lincoln in Siloam Springs. The two-day workshop will help equip married couples with eight hours of marriage enrichment education. Couples will leave this event with a personal couples’ assessment report and a discussion guide for ongoing couple interaction. “The latest research shows that Northwest Arkansas has the highest divorce rate in Arkansas and might just be the highest in the nation” Ken Eichler, project coordinator- NWA Healthy Marriages said. “The ‘I Choose Us’ - Growing a Passionate Marriage event is an important effort by CRE to stem the tide of divorce and marital dissatisfaction. We are passionate about Northwest Arkansas becoming a place that is known for healthy marriages characterized by long-term satisfaction, stability and intimacy.” CRE recently finished the first year of a five-year, $2.7 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, to support research and development of healthy marriages in Northwest Arkansas. The grant covers the cost of the seminar, which would otherwise cost more than $200 per couple. Couples can register for the event online at, or they can register at Harvard Ave Baptist Church or Kingdom Bound Christian Books, both in Siloam Springs. The Center for Relationship Enrichment at JBU was founded in 1998. The Center’s mission is to educate, equip and enrich people for developing healthy relationships through consulting, education, enrichment, resources, research and assessment. The CRE offers marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, and relationships skills services to all of Northwest Arkansas. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

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