A local agency helping married couples with counseling, advice and support services has closed.
But it’s programs have been picked up and spread throughout Johnson County, with the hope that couples will still be able to find the help they need to be successful.
After eight years of providing programs to strengthen marriages and improve family dynamics, Marriage Investors has dissolved as a non-profit agency. The group had been having difficulty getting grants and financial assistance to continue.
The organization’s programs, such as relationship counselors, small group speakers and literature, have been absorbed by churches, libraries and other agencies in the county.
“Healthy relationships create healthy communities,” said Bea Northcott, former executive director of Marriage Investors. “But there are a number of churches doing marriage enrichment programs, and other places to get these resources now.”
Marriage Investors officially closed its doors in August. But Northcott has arranged for its programs to be picked up by other groups around the county.
The speakers, which had focused on topics such as healthy relationships versus what’s shown in television or movies and the struggle of teens to be individuals while in relationships, have fallen under the direction of Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County.