Marriage Savers

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

'Til death do us part. Many couples say it. Not all of them mean it.

"The goal is to marry one person and stay married to one person. We all take these vows of 'until death do us part' not 'until love will last," says Marriage Saver Harriet McManus.

McManus and her husband Michael, known as the Marriage Savers, have come to the Valley to spread their message.

They're recruiting more support for their nationally-renowned marriage savers program, designed to strengthen marriages and stop divorce.

"You do this by creating a safety net of mentoring couples in each congregation who reach out and help people at whatever stage they might be in," says Marriage Saver Michael McManus.

McManus says 60 percent of marriages fail because of poor communication. And he says the Marriage Saver program can help fix that.

"There are actually skills that can be taught and we train our mentors to teach couples how to communicate in a way that honors one another and resolves problems in a way that's going to be mutually satisfactory," says McManus.

The program operates through churches of many denominations. But you don't have to attend church to get their help.

"It operates like Alcoholics Anonymous, you see," the McManus' explain.

Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a bill creating Covenant Marriages.

They would require pre-marital counseling, and two years of separation before divorce.

McManus calls it a "step in the right direction."

For more information on Marriage Savers, you can call the Valley Family Forum at (540) 438-8966.


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