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Family and Respect Life Contact:

Colleen Gerke
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100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131 voice
(513) 421-1582 fax

Colleen Gerke  x 2624
Bonnie Mack x 2623
Caron Bergen x 2653

Noreen Wendeln
1436 Needmore Rd.
Dayton OH 45414
(937) 222-0227 voice
(937) 279-9482 fax

Joshua Danis
119 East Water St.
Sidney, Ohio 45365
(937) 492-4449 voice
(937) 498-1193 fax

Separated & Divorced


All marriages experience some dark times and troubles. Despite all efforts to prepare for marriage, sometimes marriages are hurting.  Retrouvaille is a weekend retreat experience intended for these troubled marriages.  Through discussion, presentation, and prayer, couples are aided in conflict resolution and problem solving skills.  It has been described as “a lifeline” for these marriages.  A non-refundable registration deposit of $200.00 per couple is required.  Please visit or call our office at 513.421.3131, extension 2653 for more information.

The Third Option

Third Option

Many of us manage marriage as a series of choices between his desires and her desires, between “peace at any price” and “letting it all hang out.”  Because they tend to move us to extremes, these options don’t bring us together.  With The Third Option, you can learn how to break through the clutter of past baggage and misunderstandings and build an effective, loving relationship.

The Third Option is a skills-based group program that helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages.  Each 14-session cycle covers a comprehensive set of tools that couples can use to develop better understanding, sensitivity and trust while learning more effective speaking and listening skills.  A couple can join at any point of the 14-session cycle.

Meetings are held at Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249 on Monday & Thursday evenings:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (unless holiday).  A donation is requested each evening.

What if I Have A Good Marriage?
The skills we develop in The Third Option are helpful for any marriage, and couples attending our program range from those on the brink of divorce to those yearning to make a good marriage even better.  Few marriages are too good, or too bad, for The Third Option.

Many couples assume that their marriage is strong and effective, and don’t invest the time to ensure that it grows better over time.  Then, all it takes is new stress–problems with jobs, kids, parents, or health–and even the best marriage becomes frayed or unraveled.  Developing the right skills and sensitivity is the best way to ensure that a good marriage grows even better.

Please visit Third Option or call 513.489.0892, extension 4234, or email Dick and Karen Beckman at for more information.


Beginning Experience
Upcoming Weekends:
April 4-6, 2014 or October 17-19, 2014

Please use the link above for registration information or this downloadable PDF BE Flyer .

Who should attend

The Beginning Experience is a grief recovery weekend serving those who have lost a relationship due to death of a spouse, divorce or separation.  It is designed to be a time of closure on the past and renewed hope for the future. Those who come should be beyond the initial feelings of anger and despair which usually follow the loss of a loved one. They should be at the point of wanting a new beginning and ready to work to make that desire a reality.

The weekend begins on Friday at 7:00 p.m., and ends Sunday, at 4:00 p.m.  The cost is $150.00 per person for those who register within 6 weeks of the program or $175.00 per person for late registrants.  This includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals.  A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due with your application.  Please contact Brenda Rommel at 513.684.1196 or for more information.

Once the application for the weekend is received, someone is available to help each person determine his or her readiness for the program.