Kansas Catholic Charities agencies launch healthy marriage campaign
Published: July 18, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. (CNS) -- A new Catholic-run Kansas public awareness campaign to promote healthy marriages and relationships also can help build stronger families, said the executive director of Catholic Charities in the Wichita Diocese. "Relationships impact the daily fabric of our society. The services we offer provide tangible tools for individuals that enhance the way they interact with everyone in their lives, not just their spouses or partners," Cynthia Colbert said in announcing the campaign. Catholic Charities affiliates in the dioceses of Wichita, Salina and Dodge City and the Archdiocese of Kansas City have launched "Love Letters from Kansas," a public awareness campaign that includes English- and Spanish-language television and radio spots, news stories, promotional materials and a website, www.KansasLoveLetters.com. The statewide effort is being funded by a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded last October. With the grant, the "Love Letters" campaign expands on an existing Catholic Charities' Marriage for Keeps program that focuses on stabilizing families in crisis and strengthening families for life. The expanded campaign provides programming for singles, dating couples, engaged couples as well as married couples from all faiths and backgrounds throughout the state. "As the Holy Father says, we serve out of our Catholic faith," Colbert told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview July 17. "That's our strong social mission," she added, regardless of the faith of those served and "whether the church is providing, shelter, food or counseling."
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