Healthy Marriage Initiative
The Healthy Marriage Initiative Program (HMI) is directed at low-income Hispanic couples with children under the age of 15 years old. The HMI Program requires that participants reside in the El Paso zip code areas of 79903, 79907, 79930 and 79927. The mission of the Healthy Marriage Initiative Program is to help married couples gain greater access to voluntary marriage education services that enable them to acquire the skills and knowledge that is necessary to strengthen and sustain healthy marriages. In sustaining healthy marriages, children are provided with a more stable and secure environment.
The goals of the HMI Program is to improve communication between couples, improve the ability to resolve conflicts and to strengthen the couple’s commitment for marital stability.
The participants enrolled in the program will receive training on marriage education, guidance and counseling, accessibility to community resources, assistance with child care and transportation (whenever participants are scheduled to attend a session), planned activities and other incentives.
Participation in the program is strictly voluntary and information obtained form individuals will be kept confidential. Couples must remain committed once they volunteer to participate in order for both the participant and HMI program to be successful.
Participants are required to attend 30 - 34 hours of program instruction. The sessions will consist of 2 hours per week for approximately 17 weeks. Couples are encouraged to attend the same group session. If a participant is unable to attend, make-up sessions will be available.
The Healthy Marriage Initiative Program encourages active participation and welcomes feedback and suggestions from its participants.
The HMI Program is funded by the State government (The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation Administration – ACF and by the Federal government (Health and Human Services). The El Paso Center for Children disburses the funds to the HMI Program.
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