FRAMEWorks

Family, Relationship, and Marriage Education Works (FRAMEWorks)

Do you want to strengthen your relationship and family dynamic?  Do you need effective communication and conflict resolution skills?  Do you need help to find, apply for, and keep a job? 

If yes, then FRAMEWorks is the perfect fit for you.

THESE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL ELIGIBLE PERSONS, REGARDLESS OF RACE, GENDER, AGE, DISABILITY OR RELIGION.

About FRAMEWorks

Across the country, many families face social and economic barriers that make it difficult for them to survive and thrive. Many families are affected by poverty, low educational attainment, financial instability, lack of job readiness, and joblessness (Chaudry et al., 2016). Early trauma and adverse childhood experiences may also impact individuals’ relationships and contribute to family dysfunction (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014). Further, justice system involvement can strain family relationships and increase family instability (Lopoo & Western, 2005).

Research indicates that healthy, stable families can prevent or buffer against these challenges. Studies have shown that people live longer, have less stress, and are more financially stable in a low-conflict family environment where both parents are present, share the responsibility of the household, and raise the children together (Acs & Nelson, 2004). In these households, children are healthier, both mentally and physically, and are better able to have their fundamental needs met.

To promote healthy families, Pee Dee Healthy Start (PDHS) FRAMEWorks will begin implementation of a Family, Relationship, and Marriage Education (FRAMEWorks) grant in rural Chesterfield, Darlington, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg Counties in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.  The target population is primarily African American and Hispanic adult individuals, ages 18 and older, and their families.

FRAMEWorks Goal

Our primary goal is to strengthen the African American and Hispanic/Latino family unit by improving the effectiveness of the adult relationships therein. 

FRAMEWorks Belief

Our belief is that promoting and increasing awareness regarding the importance of healthy relationships leads to healthier societies, communities, families, homes, and ultimately, healthier children! 

OUR SERVICES

Services include activities to promote:

  • marriage and relationship education/skills (MRES)
  • pre-marital education
  • divorce reduction
  • disincentives to marriage in government means-tested aid programs
  • economic stability and mobility

Within My Reach is a relationship skills and decision-making program for helping individuals achieve their goals in relationships, family, and marriage from PREP.  This curriculum is designed to improve the chances for participants to attain relationship success for themselves and their children by:

 

(1) helping those in viable relationships to cultivate, protect, and stabilize their unions, and to marry if desired.

(2) helping those in damaging relationships to leave safely; and/or

(3) helping those desiring a romantic relationship to choose future partners wisely.

 

WITHIN MY REACH IS EDUCATION, NOT THERAPY.
  • Emergency housing assistance
  • Assistance in establishing a medical home
  • TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, Lifeline Telephone application assistance
  • Need-based childcare assistance (up to 2 weeks for a max of two children)
  • Need-based transportation assistance (up to $100 in gas cards)
  • Life skills training
  • Goal setting
  • Resume writing assistance
  • Job search activities
  • Interview Preparation
  • SC Works Online Services assistance
  • GED tutoring and training

FRAMEWorks Program Details

PDHS FRAMEWorks is a five-week program.  Five weeks is a major investment of time; however, the benefits can significantly impact your future for years to come.  Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education is provided in Zoom group sessions (3 or more adult individuals) and case management and job and career advancement activities are conducted one-on-one virtually.  Participants are eligible to receive no cash or atm access Visa gift cards for reaching certain milestones.

TOTAL PROGRAM INCENTIVES: $210.00
  • Orientation (consent forms and surveys)
  • Effects of Troubled Relationships
  • Complete and analyze self-assessments on skills, knowledge, values, and interests to make informed career decisions

Incentive: $50.00

  • Is Your Own Relationship Safe?
  • Should We Live Together?
  • Seven Principles of Smart Love
  • Examine internal influences and labor market information that may impact your choice of industry and occupation

Incentive: $25.00

  • The Powerful Influence of Family of Origin
  • Commitment: Do Men and Women See It Differently?
  • The Four Communication Danger Signs
  • Consider training opportunities, types of credentials, qualifications needed for your occupation of interest, and funding options

Incentive: $25.00

  • What Issues Affect Relationships and Marriages Most?
  • Time Out: A Way to Stop Escalation
  • Ground Rules for Good Communication
  • Resume writing assistance and job searches

Incentive: $25.00

  • Forgiveness and (Maybe) Making Up
  • Why Healthy Marriage Matters to Children
  • What Roles Do Fathers Play?
  • Establish clear goals, evaluate training options, and build an action plan
  • Exit survey

Incentive: $50.00 & Certificate of Completion

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  • Telephone Call
  • Survey

Follow Up Incentive: $35.00

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Eligible participants are:

  • ages 18 and older
  • residents of Chesterfield, Darlington, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties
  • recipients of TANF or eligible for TANF assistance
  • non-custodial and custodial single parents
  • active-duty military and veteran individuals and couples
  • low-income at-risk individuals
  • individuals with disabilities
  • formerly incarcerated individuals and their families
  • other low-income families and individuals, including refugees and other immigrants

FAQs

Healthy marriage and relationship education focuses on building skills such as communication, conflict management, parenting, and financial literacy.  These skills can be integrated into a wide variety of services for individuals, couples, and families in need.

Yes.  The curricula is designed to improve the chances for participants to attain relationship success for themselves and their children by: (1) helping those in viable relationships to cultivate, protect, and stabilize their unions, and to marry if desired; (2) helping those in damaging relationships to leave safely; and/or (3) helping those desiring a romantic relationship to choose future partners wisely.

No.  We provide education not counseling.

Yes.  You will not pay for any services.

Yes.  While our primary target is African Americans, we do not deny any services to any individual based on the protected classes.

Unfortunately, no. The program is designed for adult individuals ages 18 and older. 

Unfortunately, no.  Funding was provided specifically for residents of Chesterfield, Darlington, Marion, and Williamsburg counties.

No.  We provide services regardless of legal status.

 

We do not require any documentation to sign up for services.  We rely on self-certification of names, dates of births, and mailing addresses.

While you will be provided a certificate of completion that can be provided to an attorney or the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it is ultimately ICE’s decision.

While you will be provided a certificate of completion that can be provided to an attorney or court official, it is ultimately the court’s decision.

Si usted no habla ingles no ay problema. Tenemos administradora de casos bilingue que da las sessiones en espanol. Tambien tenemos los manuales de participantes en espanol.  No deje que eso lo detenga a recibir esta education.

Your assigned case manager can provide options for a makeup session; however, you are not eligible to receive an incentive until all activities for the week are complete.

 

It depends.  If you are able to visit your county case manager’s office on gift card distribution day, you may pick up your gift card in person (face mask required).  If not, gift cards are mailed to each participant utilizing the United States Postal Service. 

Unfortunately, no.  The grant funder will only allow us to provide no cash or atm access gift cards.

The production of this website was supported by Grant# 90ZB0017-01-00 from ACF.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of Pee Dee Healthy Start Inc. and do not

necessarily represent the official views of ACF .

 

Service Areas

Chesterfield County Office

203 N. Page Street

Chesterfield, SC 29709

Office: (843) 623-7304

Fax: (843) 623-5939

Tonya Moree, Case Manager, (843) 910-0955, tmoree@pdhs.org

 

Darlington County Office

300 Russell Street, Room 209

Darlington, SC 29532

Office: (843) 944-0920

Annette Ford, Life Coach, (843) 610-5846, aford@pdhs.org

 

Marion County Office

1305 N. Main Street

Marion, SC 29571

Office: (843) 423-4332

Nely M. Osorio, Bilingual Case Manager, (843) 430-4487, nosorio@pdhs.org

 

Marlboro County Office

Katrina Taylor, Case Manager, (843) 799-7005, ktaylor@pdhs.org

 

Williamsburg County Office

520 Thurgood Marshall Boulevard

Kingstree, SC 29556

Office: (843) 354-6554

Fax: (843) 354-9981

Cena Scott, Senior Case Manager, (843) 356-1038, cscott@pdhs.org

Lakesha Smith, Partnership Specialist, (843) 356-0844, lsmith@pdhs.org

 

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