LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., November 11, 2022– A $1,000 Proactive Grant from the Dearborn Community Foundation, Inc. (DCF) has been awarded to charitable organization Rock Solid Families, a Dearborn County husband and wife team who coach couples and families during turbulent times and prepare unmarried couples for the future. 

DCF Board member Jim Stock, right, presents a $1,000 grant check to Merrill Hutchison, President of Rock Solid Families.

“This organization provides faith-based life coaching to individuals, couples, and families. Examples of their life coaching include premarital counseling for an engaged couple, marriage coaching for a struggling one, grief support for a widow or widower, or practical tools for parents,” said DCF Board member Jim Stock, who recommended the grant.

In a continuing effort to make an impact in the Dearborn County community, DCF is awarding 15 proactive grants of $1,000 each throughout 2022 to charitable organizations that serve Dearborn County residents. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer board members recommends a grant. The money comes from the Foundation’s Unrestricted Endowment Funds, established by donors to provide flexibility to address changing needs in the community over the years.

Rock Solid Families, a non-profit ministry, based in St. Leon, was established in 2018, said Merrill Hutchinson, who was near retirement as a school counselor and teacher. He and his wife, Linda, also a counselor, overwhelmingly agreed that many families in today’s society are in dire need of “coaching.”

“We use the word ‘coaching’ because we want to get to the problem to restore families and marriages,” said Merrill Hutchinson, stressing an aggressive approach is taken with no apologies.

RSF focuses on family, Christian faith, and physical fitness to rebuild families, which Hutchinson calls the “muscle of our nation.”  The $1,000 grant was used to help folks who needed financial help for counseling services, he said.

“We never turn anybody away when it comes to money.”

Since its inception, the counseling couple have ministered to 923 families, conducted 3,411 coaching sessions of which 564 were pro bono for “under resourced families. Visit rocksolidfamilies.org to make a contribution.

Anyone can contribute to an unrestricted endowment at DCF and help make impact grants like the 15 DCF Board members are recommending in 2022. For a list of the unrestricted endowments and to learn more about the Foundation, call 812-539-4115 or visit the Foundation website at dearborncf.org. If you are interested in contributing to DCF, visit the website’s “Give Now” page to donate online and to learn about other giving options.