The University of Central Florida Marriage and Family Research Institute has opened a second location in South Orlando at 7200 Lake Ellenor Drive. The institute will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

The new 4,000-square-foot building houses seven offices, three childcare rooms, and a large classroom and workshop area with space for more than 40 people.

Besides hosting free counseling and relationship-education workshops, the institute’s new space will serve as the home for Project T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. The grant will study 1,100 participants that range from singles to couples with children, and provide them with relationship education that focuses on preventing stress and conflict.

The original MFRI is on the UCF main campus in Building 28, between the UCF Creative School for Children and the Recreation and Wellness Center. The institute is part of UCF’s College of Education graduate counseling program and offers a variety of free resources and workshops that teaches couples how to strengthen and maintain healthy relationships.

To attend the open house, RSVP to Damaris Soto at