Raleigh nonprofit helps couples with relationship advice during pandemic

Life right now for many is stressful, and it can take a toll on relationships and families in different ways.

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Kirsten Gutiérrez
, WRAL reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. — Life right now for many is stressful, and it can take a toll on relationships and families in different ways.
A Raleigh nonprofit called Your CenterPeace is working to help couples strengthen their relationships during this unprecedented time.

“It’s a really, really hard time in our world today," said Brooke Powers, CEO and founder of Your CenterPeace. "To give yourself space and give yourself grace, to know that it’s hard and you’re not alone.”

For many of us, if not all, 2020 has not been the year we had imagined. Terrance Pigues said they got married just weeks before they were told to stay home. They said they received marriage mentoring during that period.

“We married into quarantine," Pigues said. "We literally married, honeymooned for a week out of the country and came back. Everything was shut down, work is now from home until further notice and we were like 'wow, this program came in handy right on time.'”

The program that’s helped this couple as newlyweds is provided by Your CenterPeace. The nonprofit organization provides free resources, tips and mentoring to help people dating, engaged, married or empty nester navigate and strengthen their relationships.

“Right now, I think this is so crucial for couples because some couples are doing great, and that’s amazing," Powers said. "Other couples are really struggling with time, that extra together, the stress of kids at home and doing online schools, potential job loss, health concerns. Stress right now across the board in marriages is up 34%.”

Pigues said the organization’s hope is to help couples deal with the added stress of COVID-19 and find healthy ways to cope.

“In this new world that we’re living in, we have to not be afraid to try new things," Pigues said. "I know people are very hesitant, we don’t need therapy, we don’t need counseling, we don’t need anyone else to be involved in our relationship, but this is such an unprecedented time that I feel like it’s helps us so much to have people in our corner.”

Typically, meetings for this program would be in person but due to COVID, all sessions are now conducted through Zoom.


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