“We have seen a change in the number of people we serve because some of the programs we were running were relationship education in schools; probably close to 2,500 students were affected each year,” Nissley said.
Other agencies have since picked up the educational programs but despite the change the end of the grants has created, Nissley said he’s confident that the organization is making a difference.
While receiving the grants, the Marriage Resource Center didn’t charge for its services. Because of the cuts, the center now receives income through donations, other grants and through charging small fees for services.
There has always been a good relationship between the center and Citi Lookout, but partnering last winter allowed the two organizations to apply for grants together and make referrals between the two groups.
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“Linking our two missions has just gelled really well because we both have similar passions for people and their relationships,” said Barb Dotson, director of Citi Lookout. “We just are able to help in different ways.”
When the two groups came together, they talked about what each group brought to the table.
“We looked at everyone’s strengths,” Dotson said. “The Marriage Resource Center has very strong administrative strengths while our strengths include helping people with their counseling and advocacy.”
“We do different things, and depending on what the client needs, they can pick either service,” Nissley said. “Putting the two groups together provides a pretty robust resource for the community.”