Program aims to smooth out rocky relationship skills

Marriage for Keeps ProgramEditor's note: Written by Brett Riggs, this article was originally published on 11/3/12 in the Garden City Telegram as part of a series of stories featuring the 21 agencies that will receive funding from the Finney County United Way in 2013.

Marisela Caraveo has been in her share of rocky relationships. She admits she's made the mistake of getting involved with men who turned out to be verbally abusive.

She doesn't want it to happen again.

Through the Catholic Social Services Marriage for Keeps program, the Garden City single mother says she is learning communication, problem-solving and self-awareness skills that she hopes will better prepare her to enter into and maintain a healthier, more satisfying relationship in the future.

"Now, I'm more aware of who I am and what I want in a relationship," Caraveo said.

Caraveo is one of 77 individuals who this past year have been involved in the CSS Marriage for Keeps Within My Reach program, which focuses on providing individuals who are single or in a relationship "the necessary tools to lead more satisfying relationships," according to an overview of the Marriage for Keeps program.


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