Your corporate sponsorship or individual donations
in any amount would be greatly
appreciated, and would make a major difference in our efforts to
help prepare, strengthen and restore marriages reducing the number of
divorces here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
If you would like to make a financial
to support our work,
please mail your donations to:
Marriage Builders Resource Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 51888
Sarasota, FL 34232
Your contributions help us to:
- Expand the number of marriage-related programs
offered in Sarasota and Manatee County
- Increase awareness by the residents of Sarasota and
Manatee County of the marriage-related programs that are
- Award scholarships to individuals and families that otherwise would not be
able to attend our workshops.
Marriage & Family Ministry
is the primary focus of Marriage Builders Resource
Research shows that strong families are good for our businesses,
communities, and our Nation. Marriage Builders
Resource Center Inc. was founded with the vision of preparing, strengthening, and
restoring marriages in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
There is no greater threat to our city,
state and nation than the continued disintegration of the family
through divorce and illegitimacy. The divorce rate in Sarasota
and Manatee Counties has averaged an unacceptable 75% over the
last four years, exceeding the national average of 47.5%
One-third of our children are born
out-of-wedlock, and the youth crime rate and poverty levels
generally rise as the divorce rate rises. The economic
repercussions are felt in all areas of the community when these
issues are not addressed. Stronger marriages equal stronger
communities. Healthy families are an asset to our community and
are more efficient and productive in the workplace.
The goal of
Marriage Builders Resource Center, Inc. is to reduce the divorce rate by 50% in the first
three years of the establishment of the Suncoast Community
Marriage Policy, which was signed in February 2006 (see video). Cities such as Modesto, CA, where a
Community Marriage Policy was established in 1996, the divorce
rate was effectively reduced by 57%. We also have a reason to be
optimistic since Marriage Builders Resource Center,
patterned after the national Marriage Savers organization that has been
credited with saving as many as 75,000 marriages in 193
communities in 41 states and 3 countries (according to an
Independent study of “The Effectiveness of Community Marriage
Policies”, The Journal of Family relations, October, 2004).
To achieve our goals for the Suncoast, we
have established a schedule for premarital and marital Mentor
Couple training. Mentor Couples learn to improve communication
skills in workshops such as PAIRS, REFOCCUS and FOCCUS. Mentor
Couples are trained through the Marriage Savers program to come
alongside struggling couples in their respective churches,
thereby increasing marital success. Nationally known guest
speakers are invited to speak at marriage enrichment weekends to
promote sexual purity and abstinence before marriage, courtship
over dating, parenting tips and skills, fidelity in marriage and
suggestions on how to parent children in an increasingly secular
On the following page are the upcoming
events in which you and/or your business can partner with Marriage
Builders Family Resource Center, Inc.
to help lower the divorce
rate in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Or you can simply use your credit card by
clicking on the Make a Donation button below.
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