Beech Acres Parenting Center, whose mission is to strengthen families for children, has been awarded a $799,999 Healthy Marriages Grant from the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Family Assistance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This funding will allow Beech Acres to expand its highly successful Building Strong Marriages and Relationships Program (BSMR) in Hamilton, Butler and Clermont Counties.
Out of 948 applications, Cincinnati-based Beech Acres was one of only 120 grantees selected and one of 60 organizations selected to receive a continuation grant. Beech Acres’ BSMR Program was initially funded as a five year demonstration pilot. During that time, more than 85% of those served reported having improved communication and conflict resolution skills and a commitment to a healthy marriage or other relationship.
BSMR is community-based, and provides culturally sensitive curricula and programming that addresses the needs of specific populations in target communities. It offers a variety of free classes, workshops, retreats, couples mentoring, consultation and mediation with an outcome of building strong/healthy relationships and strengthening marriages. Beech Acres takes a unique approach that fully engages targeted neighborhoods in its facilitation, planning and recruitment. Core partners represent faith and community based organizations, service providers, public entities and schools.
The Program serves a diverse population including engaged and married couples in crisis, pregnant moms and expectant dads, single parents, couples looking for guidance to refresh their relationship or who are referred by the courts, and those who are under or unemployed. This new grant will enable BSMR to expand the scope of services to families facing hardships by providing case management, supportive services and referring those under or unemployed to job and career advancement assistance programs. In addition domestic violence prevention and expectations of healthy relationships curriculums are provided to students in nine partner high schools throughout Greater Cincinnati.
“A strong and stable family is the greatest gift any parent can give a child, whether married or co-parenting from different households.” said Nate Lett, Beech Acres Building Strong Marriages and Relationships Program Manager. “This funding will support comprehensive services and educational opportunities to remove the barriers of healthy relationships, help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability, and create a home environment where children can thrive.”
Beech Acres Parenting Center supports parents and caregivers in the most challenging and important job of their lives: raising children today who are able to thrive tomorrow. With a mission of Strengthening Families for Children, Beech Acres provided over 17,000 services for children, parents and educators across greater Cincinnati last year with a broad range of unique services in homes, schools and in the community to strengthen parenting and relationship capabilities. For more information, please visit www.beechacres.org.