NEW! Read about our weekly groups in the words of our participants
Every year in the United States, over a million marriages end in divorce, and the effects on the two people involved, as well as their children, friends and families, can be devastating. Most people who have never been through this
experience are amazed at the pain and anguish that often occur, touching every aspect of life including financial health, housing, health, work, friendships and the raising of children. Largely because of divorce, a third of American children grow up today in single-parent households.
The million-plus annual U.S. divorces equate to at least 140,000 new divorces each year in the state of California, and to at least 25,000 divorces each year in the San Francisco Bay Area alone. The numbers are staggring, and the effects on society, families and children are enormous.
The Divorce and Relationship Recovery Network is a non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our goal is to help people successfully deal with the ends of marriages and relationships, past, present or future. The methodology is to help churches and community groups to launch weekly live no-cost Divorce and Relationship Recovery groups that combine teaching and small group support.
As of mid-2016, there are six weekly groups in operation – five around the San Francisco Bay Area, and one in Texas – and we’re working on plans to launch more. You can visit the web pages of each of our operating or planned groups on our “Find a Group” page here.
Today over 200 people participate each week at these six locations. The related online groups, on meetup.com, have over a thousand members. We are helping people through some of the darkest and most traumatic times in their lives, often saving people from tipping into total despair, or worse. We’re helping them stay strong for their children. We’re preparing them for new and fulfilling lives and (when the time is right) for future relationships.
With an already-stong foundation, we will be able to contemplate adding groups in other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, expanding to the rest of California, to more of the West, or to the rest of the United States in 2016 and beyond.