what participants say
about the program

"It covered serious issues in a manner that I could understand
and kept me interested."

"It really made me think about my actions and behavior."

"This was the best enrichment class I have ever taken."


September 2010
Marriage Management Selected for 2010 “Newman's Own” Award

General James Cartwright, USMC, Vice-Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided remarks at the 11th annual Newman’s Own Award Ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on September 1, 2010 and presented the award to Marriage Management Consultants (MMC) for delivering programs to improve the quality of military life. Pictured are Bob and Barbara Zielinski, Executive Directors, receiving the award from General Cartwright and Newman’s Own CEO Thomas Indoe.

Marriage Management Consultants (MMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on providing free marriage education classes for military couples around the U.S. Numerous deployments and the stress of combat have contributed to sky rocketing divorce rates within military families. “Marriage should not be a casualty of war” says Barbara Zielinski, Co-Executive Director. Her husband of 40 years, Bob, who served in the Army, added “the men and women who have given up so much to defend our freedom deserve the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, happy marriage.”

Marriage Management won the award for presenting Military Marriage Enrichment programs which strengthen military marriages and enable couples to better cope with the unique marital stresses caused by combat, wounds or multiple deployments. MMC classes offer assistance for couples to reconnect and develop the communication and “marriage management” skills necessary to support a healthy marriage. Programs provide a safe place for husband and wife to find support and positive encouragement.

MMC has presented military marriage enrichment programs throughout Texas, including the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, the Armed Forces Joint Reserve Complex in Grand Prairie as well as in Fort Hood and San Antonio. This grant will allow more Texas programs to be offered this year in addition to classes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, Camp Pendleton in California and Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Newman’s Own, the Fisher House Foundation and the Military Times Media Group sponsored the competition that rewards innovative programs benefiting military service members and their families. A total of 138 entries were received for the 2010 program. Six judges evaluated each entry based on the organization’s impact, creativity and innovation.

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