‘Family Bridges,’ a Resourceful Initiative to Promote Healthy Relationships in Chicago

‘Family Bridges,’ a Resourceful Initiative to Promote Healthy Relationships in Chicago

Campaign will focus on the Hispanic and African American Communities, within six counties in Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will


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Chicago, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–February 1, 2007–Meier Clinics Foundation, in collaboration with The Chicago Alliance for Latino Marriages (CALMA) and the African American Arusi Network, announced in a press conference at the Chicago Public Library today the launch of “Family Bridges”, a non profit and family oriented collaborative effort that aims to promote healthy relationships in Chicago, with an emphasis among the Hispanic and African American communities.

Research suggests that family structure is directly related to child well-being, and therefore healthy relationships have a positive impact on the couple, their children, and the community that they live in. This issue is critical when considering the statistics: 35% of Latino married couples are low-income, which affects stability in the home, and 43.5% of all Hispanic births were to unmarried women. On the other hand, only 42% of African-American adults are married, and 68% of African-American births are to unmarried women.

“Children living in a household led by a couple in a healthy relationship have a better chance of realizing their fullest potential, while the community can expect a decrease in drug use, crime and poverty” said Dr. Alicia La Hoz, Family Bridges Program Manager. “‘Family Bridges’ will help our communities gain access to the skills and knowledge necessary to form and sustain a healthy relationship.”

Aiming to serve more than 6,000 low-income adults and youth, spanning through six counties in northeastern Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will, “Family Bridges” will offer:

— Multi-week community-based sessions (workshops for couples, premarital education for singles and relationship education in high schools)

— Weekend Retreats for couples and families

— City-wide Conferences and Seminars

These elements will go hand-in-hand with a Public Education campaign that includes:

— Four Radio Public Service Announcements (Two in English and two in Spanish)

— Two TV Public Service Announcements (One in English and one in Spanish)

— Public Information Line: 1-877-41-BRIDGE (27434)

— Website: http://www.familybridgeschicago.org

“Family Bridges,” part of the Healthy Marriage Initiative, is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant Number: 90FE0011.

Disclaimer: “Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Status Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.”

‘Family Bridges,’ a Resourceful Initiative to Promote Healthy Relationships in Chicago