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The following programs and websites can help you find programs that are aimed at enhancing family resilience. For information on the effectiveness of a specific military family program, check out Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, where they describe and rate different programs.

Strong Bonds
This Army-based initiative led by chaplains is designed to help build relationship resiliency. Through relationship education and skills training, the Strong Bonds mission is to increase soldier and family readiness. Participants can voluntarily attend an offsite retreat-style training that addresses the effects and sources of stress on military lifestyle. Strong Bonds has programs for single soldiers, couples, and families.
CREDO
Chaplains Religious Enrichment Program (CREDO) is a Navy chaplain–run program for building individual and family resilience. Its motto is "taking care of our own." CREDO offers a variety of retreat-like events that focus on specific aspects of enriching individuals and relationships. CREDO offers enrichment for individuals, couples, and families. The program is regionally based; the link here is to the page for the Northwest region. Visit the main CNIC website for links to other regions.
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
The Department of Defense’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to create the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Pennsylvania State University. It evaluates the effectiveness of military family programs. Their website includes a list of the programs that the Clearinghouse has evaluated, a description of each program, and an effectiveness rating for the program.