Thomasville Leading the Way in Reducing Georgia Divorce Rates

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Members of Thomasville's Family and Marriage Net are hard at work as they lead the way to improving marriages and families in the Peach State.

Dan Salveter, President of Thomasville Family and Marriage Net, says, "We're just thrilled to have this kind of resource in the community of Thomasville and Thomas County."

The Georgia Department of Human Resources has teamed up with the Georgia Family Council and together selected six pilot communities.

Now, Thomasville Family Net is preparing to launch three training sessions starting with "how to avoid marrying a jerk."

Doug Silvis says, "Everybody seems to be interested in that one who's single or single again."

The initial sessions aim to "train the trainer," and from there participants are supposed to hold sessions of their own in the community.

Salveter adds, "This will be our first step at strengthening marriages in Thomas County, and then we'll look for even bigger and better things from that point forward."

They’re big plans by a community based group made stronger with the state of Georgia's backing. They say that it is needed when attacking a problem as big as divorce.

Thomasville's Family and Marriage Net will kick off the project by welcoming Georgia's Family Council president Randy Hicks at The Plaza Restaurant February 1.

Organizers say anyone interested in participating should contact the president of Thomasville Family Net at 229-228-8141.