Marriage Savers
9311 Harrington Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
301-978-7105
www.marriagesavers.org

December 2016

To: Friends of Marriage Savers
From: Mike & Harriet McManus, Founders

Consider a Gift to Marriage Savers

Please consider a year-end gift to support Marriage Savers, possibly to honor an exemplary marriage that you admire (Identify your exemplary couple, including their address, and Marriage Savers will send them a letter regarding your gift honoring them.).  It's easy! Just visit our website: http://www.marriagesavers.org, click on "Donate" at the top of any page. Contribute on line via credit card through PayPal on a secure site. Or give the old fashioned way - mail a check to Marriage Savers at the address above.

We know you receive many requests for donations at this time of year. However, Marriage Savers has helped save more than 100,000 marriages from divorce in 230 cities, according to an independent study by the Institute for Research and Evaluation. We did so by creating Community Marriage Policies (Traditional Marriage Covenants) that involved 7,500 churches, where we trained couples in healthy marriages to be Marriage Mentors - helping other couples prepare for strong, lifelong marriages, enrich existing ones, and save those in crisis.

Did you know that 70% of stepfamilies typically experience a second divorce? Marriage Savers teaches stepparents how to create a Stepfamily Support Group that saves 80% of such marriages - the mirror opposite of the norm.

Good News

1. Tom and Liz Dressel, creators of the Clackamas Community Marriage Policy in 2001, recently reported that their divorce rate plunged 37%.

What does such a statistic mean in terms of marriages saved and divorces avoided? If Clackamas County, a suburb of Portland, had the same marriage and divorce rates as the rest of Oregon for the years 2001 - 2015 there would have been:

* 3,530 fewer marriages in Clackamas County
* An additional 1,870 divorces
* 740 children that were victims of their parents' divorce.

Strong evidence of the powerful impact pastors and priests working together to make marriage a high priority in their community! More evidence of the significance of their Community Marriage Policy: the divorce rate of Multnomah County (home of Portland) fell 23%, and dropped 21% in nearby Washington County. Small wonder the Dressels renamed their organization the Greater Portland Community Marriage Policy!

2. El Paso Has America's Lowest Crime Rate. Why?

El Paso registered the greatest plunge in the divorce rate, 79.5% from 1996 - 2001 according to an independent study by the Institute for Research and Evaluation. The long-term impact of that dramatic slash in the divorce rate is that El Paso has enjoyed America's lowest crime rate of major cities for four straight years! Why? So many kids were raised by their own married parents that few became delinquent. In a recent year there were only 5 murders in this city of 665,000, while Detroit, with about the same population, experienced 310 murders!

Similarly, Austin cut its divorce rate by 50% in those same years and now has the nation's fourth lowest crime rate!

Creating and maintaining healthy marriages is the key to lower crime rates.

3. The Marriage Savers' strategy cuts cohabitation rates by one-third. In an era when the institution of marriage is viewed as increasingly irrelevant, living together couples have children at virtually the same rate as married parents.

Sadly, offspring of unmarried parents fare poorly. The good news is that some Community Marriage Policy cities have raised their marriage rates like Clackamas County. Evansville, IN, enjoyed a 16% increase in marriages in eight years, while its divorce rate fell by a third.

Interested in launching a Covenant in your community? Call or email Mike McManus: mike@marriagesavers.org.

Your Donation Matters

Marriage matters! And Marriage Savers has answers.

Your donation will help us launch new Community Marriage Policies and host trainings of Mentor Couples to implement ministries of marriage support in their congregations. Your contribution makes our work possible. Join the Marriage Savers Team with a year-end tax deductible gift.

It's easy! Just visit our website: http://www.marriagesavers.org, click onto "Donate." Contribute on line via credit card through PayPal on a secure site. Or give the old fashioned way - mail a check to Marriage Savers at the address above.

Thank you for your support!