Responding to Relationships FAQ's


General Questions

What is Responding to Relationships?

Responding to Relationships is a skills-based workshop and retreat for military and responder couples.  Valued at over $2200 per couple, RTR offers engaging content, incentives, and a five-star experience from start to finish.  

Who is it for?
Couples who are seriously dating, engaged, in a long-term partnership or married. We welcome all eligible couples, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.
How do we know if we are eligible to attend?

You must both be 18 years or older and one person in the partnership must be military (active duty or retired) or an emergency responder.

If I've already attended a retreat, can I attend again?

Couples may attend one Marriage Series and Retreat per grant cycle (Current grant cycle: October 2020 - September 2025). If you have attended a retreat prior to October 2020, you are welcome to attend one series under our new HMRF grant. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email

How do I register?

Easy! Visit the website and choose an RTR event. Click on the Register Now button and complete the Interest Form. Upon receipt of your completed interest form, a Community Engagement Manager will reach out to you to discuss event details and next steps. ·

When is it?

Check the website for upcoming dates

Where is it?

All RTR events take place at The Hyatt Regency in Aurora.

How do I get there?

Participants are responsible for transportation to and from all events. If transportation might be a barrier for you, please email

How much does it cost?

Responding to Relationships is offered to eligible participants at no cost. The RTR experiences, content, and support is valued at over $2200 per couple.

What are my out-of-pocket costs?

RTR participants are responsible for cost of transportation to and from event + Saturday night “Date Night” outing (optional – planned by and paid for by participants). When you check-in to the hotel for the retreat, they will place a $50/night hold on your credit card for incidentals.

Are kids allowed to attend?

Childcare is available for the following Series:

  • Series 1: October 13 & November 10-12, 2023 
  • Series 2: December 1 & January 12-14, 2024
  • Series 4: April 5 & May 3-5, 2024
  • Series 6: August 16 & September 20-22, 2024
How many kids can I bring?

Space is limited to 3 children (under 12) per family and is subject to availability.

Who is the childcare provider?

Sitters with a Purpose, LLC (AKA Rock N Fun childcare LLC). A fully insured small business out of Colorado Springs that specializes in childcare for military. Learn more on Facebook @sitterswithapurposeClick here to view childcare COVID protocol.

Can we bring friends?

Please direct couples to the Responding to Relationships web page and encourage them to register.

Can I attend the kick-off to “try it out”?

RTR participants are required to follow the formal registration process and attend both the kick-off and weekend retreat. To learn more about RTR and determine if the program is a good fit, please email

What if something comes up and we are unable to attend the Kickoff event?

Participants are required to commit to both the kickoff event AND the weekend retreat prior to securing your registration.  If you are unable to attend both for any reason, you will be asked to find future series dates that work with your schedule. Please Note: Participants are not able to attend the retreat if they don't attend the kickoff workshop. 

What do I wear?

Colorado casual. Hotel Ballrooms are often chilly so please plan accordingly.

Where do we park?

Due to COVID, valet parking is not available. Self-parking is available at no cost to participants. 

For the kickoff event: Head directly to the parking garage. If the arm is down, please take a ticket and we will validate your parking at the registration table.  If the arm is up, please park and head to the registration table, no need to grab a ticket.

For the retreat: Please check in to the hotel, get your key and then proceed to the parking garage. 

What’s the food situation?

Most meals are included with the program experience. Dinner for adults and children will be provided at the kick-off event. The following meals/times are provided at the weekend retreat: Friday Night- desserts and coffee, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Saturday dinner (kids only), Sunday breakfast. The following meals are NOT provided: Saturday “Date Night”.

Is alcohol served with RTR meals?

While alcohol is not included in any of the RTR provided meals, you are welcome to visit the hotel restaurant, Borealis, where drinks may be purchased.

What is Date Night?

Saturday night, you’ll have time for a night out (or night in) with your partner. For more details and “Date Night” ideas, click here. Childcare is available from 6pm – 10pm.

How do you accommodate special needs?
  • Dietary – while we do not offer customized menu options, whenever possible we offer food choices to accommodate for food sensitivities. Contact your Community Engagement Manager if you need additional information about the meal options that will be available.
  • Physical – the hotel has 5 ADA guest rooms (based on availability).
  • Emotional support vs service animals – per local laws, service animals can stay at no charge. Emotional support – please contact the hotel directly 303.365.1234.
What if I have to cancel?

If you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact your Community Engagement Manager with as much notice as possible prior to the event date.

COVID monitoring
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  • COVID guidelines and measures: The Responding to Relationships program will follow local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19.
How will RTR communicate with me?

During the registration process, you will provide your preferred method of contact. Our team will do our best to connect with you using your preferred method(s). Some important communication will need to be shared via email.

Is RTR on social media? Join the RTR community! We’re active on:
What if I want to provide resources and/or get involved with RTR?

Contact RTR Project Director, Stacy Dickerson

Can I get training hours for this?

Certificates of completion are available. Please contact your Community Engagement Manager for details.

Will onsite counselors be available?

Yes. A licensed counselor and a chaplain will be available on both Saturday and Sunday during the retreat. Instructions for how to engage will be provided in the retreat program.

How do I update my information?

Contact your Community Engagement Manager. Don’t know who that is? Call the office, and our amazing team can help you 720.488.8888.

How do I get the Respond curriculum for our agency/military base?

Contact Stacy Dickerson:

How is Responding to Relationships funded?

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90ZB0029. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.