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Focus on the Family Joins with National Institute of Marriage to Save Marriages in Severe Crisis

84 percent of couples in crisis stay together after going through NIM's intensive marriage counseling

June 3, 2014

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Focus on the Family has joined with the National Institute of Marriage to bolster its effectiveness in saving marriages in severe crisis. Combining Focus’ reach and range of resources with NIM’s highly successful marriage intensive model provides thousands of couples on the brink of divorce to new hope to restore their marriages.

“Our efforts to help couples in crisis have resulted in more than 140,000 marriages saved in the last 12 months alone,” said Focus President Jim Daly. “Bringing the National Institute of Marriage onboard will make us more effective at healing marriages facing the darkest of situations.”

An “ER” for marriages in extreme crisis

Focus on the Family’s National Institute of Marriage, as it is now known, specializes in marriage intensives. These multiple-day sessions at its Branson Retreat Center allow couples to get away from daily life and concentrate on their relationship by taking part in an extremely effective treatment model.

Research shows that two years after participating in a marriage intensive program through the National Institute of Marriage, 84 percent of couples remain married. Since 2003, NIM has helped more than 3,000 couples in broken marriages from all 50 states and more than 20 countries.

A common-sense union

The strengths of Focus on the Family and the National Institute of Marriage complement each other exceptionally well. After completing a marriage intensive program, couples will receive support from Focus’ counselors with resources to continue on their journey toward healing. Combining forces also allows Focus’ counselors, who regularly speak with tens of thousands of husbands and wives, to refer couples to NIM.

“Joining the Focus on the Family team is an incredible complement to our ‘Marriage ER’ work at the National Institute of Marriage,” said NIM co-president Robert Paul. “Working with Focus’ Family Help Center, counseling department and National Referral Network of trained Christian therapists will allow us to expand our reach to thousands of couples and bring them hope for a brighter future.”

The National Institute of Marriage was founded in 2003 by Dr. Gary Smalley and his son Dr. Greg Smalley, who now serves as Focus’ vice president of Family Ministries, in association with NIM’s co-presidents, Robert Paul and Mark Pyatt.

For interview opportunities, contact Nina Coppola at 719-531-3386.

About Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus at www.focusonthefamily.com or on Facebook and Twitter . You can also follow the Focus PR team on Twitter .

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