MMJ Events

Upcoming events

    • 28 Jul 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 8:00 PM
    • United Way Center, 536 N Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201

    Marriage Restoration


    Every Monday evening

    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. @ The United Way Center,

    536 N. Jackson Street, Jackson, MI. 


    *Workshop registrants attend at no cost.


    Most couples going through rough spots only see two options; painful marriage or divorce.  There is a third option: an ongoing weekly program to restore and build better marriages.  The Marriage Restoration Workshop offers hope for hurting couples, and covers critical topics, such as how to fight fair, forgiveness and repair, understanding expectations, control issues and much more.

    Many couples needing a "turn-around" in their marriage find hope and answers participating in these weekly forums. Attend as-needed to gain support from other couples while learning tools to help rebuild your relationship.


    Summer 2014 Schedule:
    Click here for a printable copy

    June 16 - Rebuilding Trust

    June 23 - Building a Climate of Respect

    June 30 - Responsibility and the Blame Game

    July 7 - NO CLASS (4th of July)

    July 14 - Understanding Expectations

    July 21 - Redefining the Power Struggle

    July 28 - Control Issues

    Aug. 4 - Listening Beyond the Words

    Aug. 11 - Personality Differences

    Aug. 18 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage

    Aug. 25 - Handling Anger Constructively

    Aug. 25 - Speaking the Truth in Love

    Sept. 1 - NO CLASS (Labor Day)

    Sept. 8 - Speaking the Truth in Love

    Sept. 15 - How to Fight Fair; Conflict Resolution

    Sept. 22 - Hurt & Forgiveness

    Sept. 29 - First Steps Toward Repair

    * Cost underwritten in part by Marriage Matters Jackson, the Jackson Community Foundation, and donors like you!


    • 20 Aug 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Carnegie Library Auditorium

    Money Habitudes Workshop
    Whether you come alone or as a couple, you’ll learn ideas to help your relationship -- and we will provide dessert.

    Wednesday, August 20th
    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

    Carnegie Library Auditorium
    244 West Michigan Ave

    Jackson, MI 49201

    Join MMJ’s Amy Pelletier as she makes it fun tackling a serious topic: MONEY!


    Using Money Habitude cards, she will help people talk about money, understand financial psychology and explain their money personality type.


    In this quick and effective workshop you will use Money Habitude cards to:

    • Start great conversations about money and finances. Money is one of the most difficult subjects for people to discuss. As a fun and engaging conversation starter, Money Habitudes makes talking about money easy and approachable.
    • Provide AHA! insights regarding finances, relationships, career and lifestyle choices. Often, we don’t know why we do what we do with our personal finances. Money is the number one reason why couples fight and is frequently the reason people stay in dead-end jobs. The financial personality quiz aspect of the tool provides important insights about money issues.

    Who should attend? Individuals can use the cards to understand how they can take charge of their financial future and see where old habits and attitudes may be supporting or sabotaging their intentions.


    Couples can use the cards to understand where they complement and conflict with each others' habits and attitudes, which gives them a strong foundation to talk about important financial issues productively, using the non-judgmental, common language provided by the cards.


    Amy Pelletier





    • 18 Sep 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • Middle School at Parkside

    Register by Monday, September 15th.
    At the point of registration, all fees are nonrefundable.

    Listen Up People … If you're married (or thinking about it) you need to be in it to win it! This means you can't let your kids trample your love life!

    Look, we all love those sweet babies, adorable toddlers, fun young kids or growing tweens and teens (well, most of the time), but let's face it, they can add stress and strain to your relationship. Plus, no matter what their age, the best way to raise happy kids is to put your marriage first! In fact, study after study shows that when parents are in healthy marriages, their kids do better in school and are physically and emotionally healthier overall.

    But how do you find the time and energy to invest in your marriage?

    Come and hear MMJ's Shelby Raines, who will give you some ideas and strategies to keep your marriage strong through both the frantic and fulfilling parts of parenthood. Enjoy a 45-minute presentation followed by time for questions and answers.

    Come and laugh and learn together- you need it and deserve it! Each couple will receive a goody bag and take away information and have the change to register for some great giveaways.

    Date:  Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

    Location: Middle School at Parkside Jackson, MI

    Ticket Price: Just $10 per person! (Includes goody bag)

    Facilitator: Shelby Raines

    Shelby Raines is Executive Director of Marriage Matters Jackson and an accomplished presenter and facilitator. Communicating the importance of healthy relationships is Shelby's passion. She mixes learning and laughter to help couples connect. A graduate of Spring Arbor University, Shelby and her husband, Drew, have been married 17 years and have three children.

    • 26 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • Country Inn & Suites, Jackson
    • 20

    Register by Thursday, Sept. 18th to guarantee your spot!

    You're invited to a relaxing overnight getaway and marriage workshop that will help you draw closer together as a couple. Marriage Links is one of MMJ's most popular workshops- drawing rave reviews and often sold out sessions.

    During the overnight stay, you'll learn ways to keep your relationship a priority, and you'll gain tools to help strengthen your commitment to each other. The LINKS program is an interesting and engaging presentation rooted in major areas of research on trust, forgiveness, communication, attachment/closeness, and sexual intimacy- couples who have gone through the program report increased satisfaction in their relationship.

    Whether everything is going good in your marriage or whether you're in a more stressful stage, this weekend getaway is just want you need!

    Check into the hotel Friday any time after 3 p.m., enjoy the hotel or go out for dinner at one of the close by restaurants (Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, or Culvers, just to name a few). Then, meet from 7-9 p.m. for the Links workshop-- after 9 p.m. you can enjoy some more couple time on your own. Saturday morning begins with breakfast at ??? followed by an engaging daylong session beginning at 9 a.m. A delicious lunch will be served at noon and the workshop ends at 4 p.m.

    Date: Friday, September 26th & Saturday, September 27th

    Location: Country Inn & Suites, Jackson

    Price: *$100/couple includes overnight hotel stay & workshop & Saturday meals or $75/couple includes workshop & Saturday meals only

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.

    Facilitator: Amy Pelletier

    Amy Pelletier is an experienced presenter and has been teaching college level communication courses for nearly two decades. Amy is committed to building strong marriages to help couples, their children and our community thrive. She holds a Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She and her husband, Todd, have been married 19 years and have two children.

    • 27 Jan 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Carnegie Library Auditorium

    Tackling Debt Workshop 

    Tuesday, January 27
    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

    Carnegie Library Auditorium
    244 West Michigan Avenue
    Jackson, MI 49201

    Call or click to register! (517)796-5116

    “Most couples I know don’t look forward to money talks, especially topics  like Tackling Debt,” facilitator Shelby Raines admits. “When it comes to keeping marriage healthy and happy, though, I know it’s a topic you can’t avoid … but that doesn't mean we can’t figure out a way to make it more fun (or at least less boring) for people.”

    Whether you come alone or as a couple, you’ll learn ideas to help your relationship. Pack your lunch -- and we will provide dessert.


    Shelby Raines





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