Heritage Marriage and Family Resource Center is an area in the Overton Memorial Library housing materials that promote healthy marriages and family relationships. It is designed to work with community-based and faith-based agencies/ organizations that share in the promotion of healthy marriages, responsible parenting and family stability.
The materials housed in the Heritage Marriage and Family Resource Center are current and diverse. We provide curriculum, books, DVDs, videos, and other resource in support of healthy marriages, strong families, divorce recovery, and effective parenting. Our materials include resources for self-help and in-depth study. We offer resources for children and adults. Materials are available in the following areas:
- Abuse Prevention and Recovery
- Conflict Resolution
- Divorce Recovery
- Family finances
- Grand parenting
- Healthy families
- Marriage enrichment
- Premarital and re-marital education
- Relationship development
- Responsible fatherhood
- Single parenting
These materials can be used by counselors, ministers, coaches and/or mentors to assist them in their work in helping others achieve healthy marriages, responsible parenting, and family stability.
Key personnel of the Heritage Marriage and Family Resource Center work closely with personnel from the Alpha Center, a Christian counseling service, to select, compile and evaluate appropriate print materials, audiovisual materials and other resources that will be helpful to the counselors, ministers, coaches and/or mentors of community-based and faith-based agencies in the Shoals area.
All personnel of community-based and faith-based agencies and organizations as well as volunteers who help in these agencies are encouraged to use the Heritage Marriage and Family Resource Center. Individuals and couples who are being counseled may also use the facility. Initial funding for the Heritage Marriage and Family Resource Center was received June 8, 2006 through a grant funded by the Alabama Marriage and Family Project. The Center includes a dedicated computer and TV/DVD/VCR.