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The Faithful House: Using Catholic Values to Strengthen Families

September 12, 2013 by

Isack and Florah read the Bible together in their home in Tanzania. They both participated in The Faithful House program. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS

Isack and Florah read the Bible together in their home in Tanzania. They both participated in The Faithful House program. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS

CRS’ Michele Broemmelsiek speaks to EWTN’s Son Rise Morning Show about a program that helps prevent the spread of HIV and strengthens families all at the same time. Broemmelsiek, CRS’ Vice President of Overseas Operations, explains how The Faithful House, a faith and values-based curriculum to strengthen relationships for couples, has helped nearly 90,000 men and women in 10 countries since its creation in 2006. Based on Catholic teaching and values, the workshop teaches couples skills that can strengthen their marriages, such as good communication and joint decision-making. These new behaviors have shown to result in stronger relationships, reducing the risk of either spouse becoming infected with HIV. The trainings also foster respect, a decrease in destructive behaviors, such as alcohol abuse or domestic violence, and even improved family income.

Listen to the full interview by clicking on the audio player below.

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