Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE)

The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA).

In 2015, Pee Dee Healthy Start, Inc. (PDHS) received funding from DHHS/ACF/OFA to implement a Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) grant in rural Chesterfield, Darlington, Marion, and Williamsburg Counties in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.  The target population is primarily African American women, ages 16-45, and their families.

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

Our Goal

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

Our 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!  

Eligible Participants

  • Ages 16-45
  • Residents of Chesterfield, Darlington, Marion, 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

OUR SERVICES

  • 12.0 hours of healthy relationship evidence-based education (Within My Reach)
  • $50.00 Visa Gift Card completion incentive
  • 12.0 hours of healthy relationship evidence-based education (Within My Reach)
  • $50.00 Visa Gift Card completion incentive
  • 12.0 hours of healthy relationship evidence-based education (PREP 8.0)
  • $350.00 Visa Gift Card completion incentive
  • Broadband internet and computer, tablet, or smartphone required
  • 1-hour sessions for 12 days or 2-hour sessions for 6 days
  • Day sessions, evening sessions, and weekend sessions
  • Housing application assistance
  • Establishing a medical home
  • Job and career advancement services
  • Financial literacy education
  • Food stamp application assistance
  • TANF application assistance
  • Medicaid application assistance

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.

It depends.  The curriculum is not designed for individuals under the age of 16.  However, the curriculum is effective for persons over the age of 45.

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 a makeup session, or you can attend any other virtual group in the project area.

Gift cards are mailed to each participant utilizing the United States Postal Service.  We utilize the mailing address you provide when signing up for services.

Gift cards are mailed to each participant utilizing the United States Postal Service.  Please allow up to 1 week after program completion to receive your gift card.

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

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, Case Manager
(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

 
Williamsburg County Office

520 Thurgood Marshall Boulevard
Kingstree, SC 29556
Office: (843) 354-6554
Fax: (843) 354-9981

Lakesha Smith, Senior Case Manager
(843) 356-0844
lsmith@pdhs.org

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