What Do You Think About Our New Electronic Resource?


We are excited about launching our new, bi-monthly e-newsletter. We plan to provide you with helpful articles, share inspirational testimonies, inform you with news on relationship-related matters, and give you ways to get involved with our mission.   We want to hear from you: what information would you find most helpful and interesting through this e-newsletter? Read more »

What Do You Have to Say About This?


According toThe State of California’s Unions: Marriage and Divorce in the Golden State report (a survey conducted by HRC), more than 80% of Californians believe that “divorce is a serious national problem in the United States.” WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  In your opinion, what should be done about this “serious national problem?” Read more »

5 Selfish Reasons to Give Thanks to Others


It’s been said, “silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” With that in mind, and with the kickoff to the holidays upon us, be sure to be loud and proud with your gratitude to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.  Thanksgiving is the time of year for saying thank yous, receiving gratitude, and being grateful. But showing a little appreciation has a bigger impact than you may realize. Here are five selfish reasons to give thanks to [...] Read more »

Healthy Relationships California Receives Federal Grant to Help Low-Income Couples and Families


The announcement last week by Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families of its Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationships grants spells good news for Californians, as Healthy Relationships California is one of only four organizations in the country receiving the top award of $2.5 million a year for the next three years. The new grant focuses on low-income populations in nine of California’s largest counties—Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Riverside, Alameda, Fresno and [...] Read more »

Is Living Together a Risky Proposition?


Living together is a popular stepping stone for today’s couples. Just 50 years ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 439,000 unmarried couples were living together. In 2010, that number has skyrocketed to 7.5 million cohabiting couples. The reasons couples live together range from convenience (“we spend all our time together anyway”), to financial (“why waste money on two apartments”), to pragmatic (“we were both looking for a roommate”).  But, does it help couples [...] Read more »

California Marriage Organization Name Change Reflects Expanded Vision

California Healthy Marriages Coalition is capitalizing upon its prominence as a national leader in Relationship and Marriage Education in a name change to Healthy Relationships California (HRC). “Since all relationships can benefit from the skills taught in Relationship Education classes,” says HRC’s president Dennis Stoica, “we hope our new name will inspire all Californians to bring these benefits to their relationships with their spouse, kids, family, friends, colleagues—everyone in their lives.” “The skills taught in [...] Read more »

Take Control of Your Anger or It Will Control You!


Be honest, does your anger get the best of you at times? Does it seem to take over when things get heated with your partner or your kids? Gary Chapman, marriage expert and author of The Five Love Languages says, “Anger is like FIRE. Control it. Use it. Be motivated by it. Whatever you do, don’t ignore it.” Why? Because anger is toxic. For those who stuff their feelings and keep it from coming out, [...] Read more »

It Is Never Too Early to Build a Strong Foundation of Great Communication

Nathan James King OE Winner Picture

Nathan James King reached a turning point in his life. After embracing religion he was able to put his addiction behind him and focus on his education and relationships. Nathan is a bartender where he met his girlfriend, Erica, an exercise instructor at the Clovis Community Senior Center. They are both continuing their education at CSU Fresno. They had been dating for several months when they decided to take steps to strengthen their communication. They [...] Read more »

How to Change Your Partner


How many times have you tried to “change” your partner? Do you hint, nag, complain, guilt trip, intimidate, threaten, or give ultimatums? We all do it! My husband used to use humor during serious conversations or sensitive moments. I would ask him to stop, but that would cause him to do it more. With a stronger tone, an angrier face and with firm posture I would tell him to stop. But that would make him [...] Read more »