MAKING A BETTER WORLD, ONE RELATIONSHIP AT A TIME

OUR VISION

To create a world that shifts the focus from the age of the individual to the age of the relationship by empowering relationships that transcend culture and language and promote a powerful and more meaningful dialogue in all aspects of our lives.

WHAT WE DO

We create products and experiences that transform relationships at home, work and everywhere, encouraging consistency and stability in the family unit.

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HOW WE DO IT

We empower people with valuable tools and strategies that create profound and lasting change in their relationships and their lives.

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WHY WE DO IT

It is our core conviction that the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. We believe that how we interact with each other in our family, school, workplace, and community provides the key to our emotional, physical, and economic well-being and to the stability of the society in which we live.

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OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Counted among our stakeholders is every individual touched by the organization. These include Board, staff, volunteers, program participants and community partners, as well as our supporters. 

• Relationships First is governed by a Board of Directors and operated by paid staff and volunteers.
• Safe Conversations® utilizes a strong Talent Network that includes over 1,500 people: 100 trainers; 1,000 volunteers; 300 coaches; a network of 120 partner organizations; a committee of 100 couples helping couples; 100 Imago therapists
• Safe Conversations® Advocates and Community Council; and SC Board and Advisory Council:
This network includes over 1,500 in-kind hours from the Dallas mental health community. The target population served includes every individual, every couple and every family in Dallas, Texas.

THE FOUNDING OF RELATIONSHIPS FIRST

In July 2010, Harville Hendrix, Ph. D., and his partner Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., invited six therapists and their spouses for a weekend discussion about collaborating on a project to translate their therapy systems and processes into educational curricula that could be distributed in the public domain.

What began as a think-tank of distinguished relationship experts has grown into a dynamic group that has come together to catalyze a national healthy relationship movement — and to provide public access to the best science-based resources on building and sustaining healthy relationships.

OUR FOUNDERS & STAFF

OUR FOUNDERS

Harville Hendrix, PhD

Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD

OUR STAFF

Alyce Alston, CEO/Executive Director

Angela Tristan, Chief Operating Officer

Christi Carter, Vice President, Development & Production

Leslie Boysen, Development and Community Partnership Director

Michelle Cooper, Digital Strategist

Sara Davis, SC City Connections

Cynthia Gonzalez, Operations Project Manager

Margaret Johnson, Volunteer Strategy Programs

Kimberly Knight, Programs and Outreach Manager

Charlotte Legg, Sustainability Programs Director

 

Research tells us that better relationships improve lives and the world. Relationships First is a new nonprofit – the only of its kind – with a singular mission to make that a reality. To achieve it, we know society must first understand this critical connection, then be empowered with the skills to improve their own relationships. When each of us are fully engaged in putting relationships first, the result will be happier, healthier more productive lives for individuals, families, organizations, congregations – and ultimately the community at large.

But, we are not born with the relationship skills we need. These must be taught and practiced, just like a language. People spend time, energy and money developing many skills throughout their lifetimes. However, relationship skills are not usually on this list. There are two main reasons for this: there is little emphasis in society on the importance of skills, and there is not enough access to resources and information vital to attaining and mastering those skills.

KEEP UP WITH RELATIONSHIPS FIRST

KEEP UP WITH RELATIONSHIPS FIRST