Supporting Healthy Relationships (SHR) Program

Supporting Healthy Relationships (SHR) Program

Empowering couples to strengthen family bonds

Montefiore-Einstein’s Supporting Healthy Relationships (SHR) is a FREE program designed to empower low-income couples to achieve family success, by improving their communication skills, learning how to reduce destructive conflict, and gaining financial stability. Funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), and led by a team of psychologists and mental health counselors, SHR provides families with a supportive, safe community where they can obtain the skills and resources to develop strong and committed relationships and overcome barriers to achieving financial health.

Our SHR program helps to address major life questions:

  • Do you want to strengthen your relationship and become closer as a family?
  • Do you and your partner need support navigating the struggles of parenthood?
  • Do you need to find a way to achieve financial stability for your family’s future?

This program is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $7.5M with 100% funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of, or an endorsement by, ACF/HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the ACF website, Administrative and National Policy Requirements. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Zero-Cost Program Eligibility

SHR is free of charge. You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You are 18 or older
  • You are in a committed relationship
  • You are expecting a child (biological, adopted, or fostered) or you have at least one child under 18 living at home (the child can be biologically related, adopted, or fostered)
  • You are low-income (e.g., receiving public benefits, unemployed, at or below 200% federal poverty line)

Montefiore’s Supporting Healthy Relationships Program is an LGBTQIA+ affirming program. We provide culturally-sensitive workshops and services for all couples, including sexual and gender minority couples.

We are here to help! We want to get to know you and help support you in building a solid foundation for your family.

Our Services

We provide our services in BOTH English and Spanish so families will find a supportive, safe community where they can obtain the skills and resources to develop strong, committed relationships, and overcome barriers to achieving financial health.

*Due to COVID-19, ALL of our services are currently provided virtually. Once it is safe to do so, we will be providing both in-person and virtual services.*

Relationship Workshops

Our workshops provide an opportunity to develop and practice relationship skills through discussion, teaching, and peer-to-peer learning with the help of clinically trained psychologists and mental health counselors.

Our workshops are like a DATE NIGHT! When in-person, we serve a catered meal (dinner is on us!), and it’s a great opportunity for couples to spend quality time together, away from their children, and focus on their relationship. Couples especially enjoy meeting and learning from other couples in the community in a relaxed environment. We assist with childcare reimbursement, and provide round-trip Metrocards to help with transportation.

Workshops are facilitated by 2 relationship coaches, and are delivered once a week for 10 weeks, in a group format to 4-15 couples. Daytime, evening, and weekend workshops available. Our curricula are based on 20+ years of research by relationship and parenting experts, such as psychologists John Gottman and Sue Johnson. When in-person, our workshops are usually delivered at our South Bronx headquarters, but we also provide our services at other locations throughout New York. Currently, due to the pandemic, we are delivering our workshops virtually via Zoom.

Date Nights, Booster Sessions, and Supplemental Activities

Our core workshops are supplemented by additional workshops (on topics such as stress management, anger management, budgeting, and infidelity) and social events (such as game nights, karaoke nights, paint nights, and family holiday parties) that we host about once a month. We also provide support groups on a regular basis.

Family Support Services

We work with you to find community resources and services to address any family stressors. We are partnered with many community-based organizations who assist our families in obtaining legal support, health care, food pantries, mental health services, and more.

Employment Services

Our employment team helps your family gain financial stability with the goal to achieve financial mobility. Through individual career counseling, weekly English and Spanish skills-building workshops, job search strategies, resume building, networking, and interviewing, we can help you take the next steps toward finding and maintaining employment. We can also help you obtain the training, certification, or degree that you need to further your career goals. In addition, clients who find new employment, or who receive a promotion, while enrolled in our program, will receive transportation assistance and financial incentives after 30, 60, and 90 days of maintaining their new job.

Program Enrollment

Couples must participate in the intake process in order to enroll in the program. We also often host Open Houses where you can learn more about our program and hear testimonials from couples who have graduated from the program. Check back often to see when we are having our next Open House, or give us a call!

After getting in contact with us, the next steps in the intake process may include:

  • Phone Screen
    You will complete a brief phone screen and then be scheduled for an intake at our South Bronx headquarters, one of our partner sites, or remotely via zoom.
  • Intake
    The intake includes two 40-minute interviews with a relationship coach and a financial coach, and 40-minute survey completion. Both partners must be present at the intake interviews.
  • Workshop Enrollment
    Provided that you complete the intake process and the program is a good fit for you and your partner, you will be enrolled in one of our upcoming workshop series.

Once enrolled in our program, you have access to our services for ONE YEAR. This includes:

  • Family Support Services and Employment Services
  • Supplemental Workshops and Social Events
  • Booster sessions. All enrolled couples are encouraged to meet with a relationship educator periodically to augment their workshop participation.
  • 6-Month Follow-Up. All enrolled couples will be invited back 6 months after their intake date for a booster session and to complete additional surveys, which enables couples to reflect on their progress in the program.
  • Incentives and Reimbursements. All enrolled couples receive childcare reimbursement and other financial incentives for completing surveys and program participation milestones, and transportation assistance and financial incentives for job placement.

**To receive any of the above additional services, you must attend one of the core relationship/parenting education workshop series.**

Learn More About Our SHR Program

If you are interested in referring an eligible couple, call one of our recruiters and provide the couple’s contact information so we can reach out to them directly.

  • 18 or older
  • In a committed relationship
  • Expecting a child (biological, adopted, or fostered) or have at least one child under 18 living at home (the child can be biologically related, adopted, or fostered)
  • You are low-income (e.g., receiving public benefits, unemployed, at or below 200% federal poverty line)

If you have a question about eligibility or the referral process, please call one of our recruiters at 718-401-5050 or email SHR-UBA@montefiore.org.

Montefiore’s Supporting Healthy Relationships Program is an LGBTQIA+ affirming program. We provide culturally- sensitive workshops and services for all couples, including sexual and gender minority couples.

For Potential Community Partners

  • Does your organization serve low-income families in the Bronx, or any marginalized community in New York City or the tri-state area?
  • Could your clients benefit from FREE services focused on strengthening families through relationship education?
  • Does your organization provide relationship and/or parenting support, but need assistance with or training in delivering a more structured curriculum?

We have partnered with many organizations in the Bronx, New York City, and elsewhere in the tri-state area to bring our services to more families in need. We have facilitated our workshops wherever there are families who fit our eligibility criteria, as long as the organization can assist with recruitment and provide a space to deliver the intervention. We can also tailor our curriculum and structure our workshop format to fit the unique needs of your clients.

Please contact us via calling 718-401-5050 or e-mailing SHR-UBA@montefiore.org to find out more about partnering with SHR!

Our Team

Meet Our Team Members

Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., Ed.M.
Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., Ed.M.
Program Director and Parent Coach

Traci is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in couple and family therapy, multicultural psychology, and maternal mental health. She has been researching and writing about relationship education, parenting, and diverse couples and families, with a particular interest in intercultural couples, for the past decade. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, master’s in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has specialized training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and is also a Certified Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Educator, PREP 8.0 Instructor, and 24/7 Dad Facilitator. She also holds a faculty position at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Outside of HERO Dads, Traci enjoys singing, dancing, writing, and kickboxing. She and her husband live in Queens with their 2 children and dog.

To contact Dr. Maynigo, please email tmaynigo@montefiore.org.

Moshe Moeller, Ph.D., M.A.
Moshe Moeller, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Program Director and Parent Coach

Moshe is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cross-cultural fatherhood, parenting, couples, family and group therapy, and paternal mental health. Over the past several years he has been conducting and presenting fatherhood and relationship education research and has been providing clinical services for fathers and families from diverse backgrounds. Moshe received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Queens College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology. He has specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method Couple Therapy and is a Certified PREP 8.0 instructor and 24/7 Dad Facilitator. Moshe holds faculty positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Adelphi University. Outside of HERO Dads, he enjoys playing piano, spending time outdoors, reading, painting, and spending time with his family. Moshe and his wife live in Queens with their 2 children.

To contact Dr. Moeller, please email mmoeller@montefiore.org.

SHR in the News!

Finding Space for Love to Grow

Listen to our Program Director, Dr. Traci Maynigo speaking on SiriusXM's Catholic Channel on Just Love! Dr. Maynigo discusses the importance of nourishing your relationship, especially during these difficult times. Couples are finding it especially difficult to spend time together because they are doing everything in the same space. Working from home, remote-learning, and navigating external stressors together. Listen in to gain insight on how to strengthen your relationship!

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