Elevate relationship classes are helping couples recover from the COVID-19 pandemic
- Elevate program: couples are enrolled in eight 90-minute sessions that cover the seven core skills and qualities for relational health.
- Elevate is available free-of-charge to couples.
Elevate classes provide — an opportunity for couples to practice better intentionality, to understand their partner better, and how to prioritize their relationship.
Today, couples face both internal and external pressures like never before. Many couples who weren’t struggling before the pandemic are struggling now, while those who were already in crisis now face an even worse situation.
Thankfully, there is a resource for couples in Georgia. It’s called the Elevate program and it’s a core part of the Georgia Center for Opportunity’s (GCO) mission.
Through the Elevate program, couples are enrolled in eight 90-minute sessions that cover the seven core skills and qualities for relational health. Given the need for a remote option, workshops are available both in-person in 12 counties in Georgia — including Gwinnett, Henry, and Houston counties — and virtual workshops where couples can participate from home.
Topics covered include how to:
- Be more intentional and focused in your relationship
- Better manage stress in your life
- Strengthen your connection with each other
- Develop a greater appreciation for one another
- Spend more quality time together
- Deal with differences in healthy ways
- Build support for your relationship and family
One of the best parts is that Elevate is available free-of-charge to couples. This is made possible through a federal grant through the Fostering Relationship and Economic Enrichment Project (Project F.R.E.E.).
There is a common thread in what Elevate classes provide — an opportunity for couples to practice better intentionality, to understand their partner better, and how to prioritize their relationship.
“I appreciate my spouse more as a result of the Elevate experience,” shared one class participant.
Another said, “The biggest thing we gained were ways to refocus the positivity in our relationship even when conflict arises and life is difficult.”
Still another couple shared that Elevate enabled them to communicate on a more intimate level: “We still have layers to work through but the Elevate experience has given us fresh insight to navigate our path forward.”
Here are a few of the reasons couples chose to enroll in Elevate:
- Create better intentional dialogue between partners
- Create a closer connection through communication
- Meet other couples similar to us
- Tips for understanding my partner better
- How to handle stressful moments in a relationship
“What I love about Elevate are the techniques that they teach the couples when dealing or handling stressors in their life,” said Katherine Greene, healthy families program manager for GCO. “I also love the way it taps into helping couples understand how their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors can influence their decision making and physical health. Elevate is extremely engaging and makes every interaction applicable to the lives of the couples, their family, and community.”