Thursday, June 3, 2010

Army Community Service (ACS)

Some ways ACS can help you!!

Making a Move
Relocation Readiness Program:

Provides Soldiers and Families undergoing transitions, whether inbound or outbound, with counseling and relocation planning assistance.
* Personal relocation counseling
* Welcome packets (online)
* Local maps & phone books
* Kids on the Move: free backpacks with fun activities
* Support Groups: Hearts Apart, Foreign-Born spouses
* Lending Closet with basic household items
* Windshield Bus Tour of Installation
* Sponsorship Training at unit level (for 10 or more)
* Information on your next duty station
* Overseas Orientations

Outreach Programs
ACS Outreach/Family Welcome Center

* Newcomer Welcome/Family
* Orientation One-stop center to connect newcomers with local services
Survivor Outreach Services
* Provides local, long-term support to surviving Family Members

Work and Careers
Employment Readiness Program

Offers Family Members the competitive edge needed to secure employment.
* Career Coaching
* Job-Search Assistance
* Job Bank Book (Federal and Private)
* Resource Library Computers with internet access, fax and copier
* Free classes and workshops covering resume writing, interviewing, networking, and dressing for success

Getting Involved in Your Community
Army Volunteer Corps

Whether you want to give your time every week, once a month, or once a year, there is a volunteer opportunity for you!
* Establishes partnerships to support personal growth
* Promotes and strengthens community efforts
* Enhances volunteer career mobility
* Teaches new skills and helps establish new friendships

Managing Deployments and Separations
Family Readiness Program

Provides support to Soldiers and Families during all phases of the deployment cycle. *Battle Mind training for Families
* Rear Detachment
* Leader training and support FRG (Family Readiness Group)
* Leader training
* FRG Treasurer training
* FRG Key Caller training
* FRG Care Team training
* Family support services
* Unit Readiness Team training

Learning for Life
Army Family Team Building (AFTB)

Strong Families are the pillar of support behind strong Soldiers. AFTB provides training and readiness to prepare Army Families for success.
* Level I: Army culture and resources
* Level II: Personal development skills to adapt to Army life, manage change and accept challenges
* Level III: Professional growth and leadership skills Instructor Training: Facilitator and public speaking skills

Home and Family Life
Family Enrichment Center

Coordinates services and activities that support our Families, enhance their relationship skills and improve their quality of life.
* Couples communication
* Parenting and discipline skills Stress, anger and conflict management
* Life skills for teens and adults

New Parent Support Program (NPSP)

Support for parents with children ages 0 to 36 months
* Home visits and caring services to enhance parent and infant/toddler attachment
* Information on child development
* Referrals to community resources
* Breastfeeding support
* Play Mornings
* Baby Bootcamp for Dads
* Infant Massage Parenting
* Support Groups
* Parenting Classes

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

* Reporting options for victims of sexual assault (Restricted/Unrestricted)
* Awareness and Prevention Training/Education
* Referrals to community resources
* Self-Defense Training/Education

Victim Advocates
Support and information on personal safety and available resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Victim Advocates are on-call 24 hours, 7 days a week

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
* Enrollment is mandatory for Family Members with chronic medical problems (such as asthma, physical disabilities).
* Coordinates multi-agency community support (housing, medical, educational and personal services) to Families with special needs.
* Respite Care provides up to 40 hours of FREE care a month for Families with enrolled Exceptional Family Members (must meet certain medical criteria).

Military and Family Life Consultants
Free, confidential* solution-oriented consultations
*Duty to warn does apply when there is a threat to self or others and in any reportable abuse such as child abuse, elder abuse and domestic abuse.

Money Matters
Financial Readiness Program

Financial education, counseling and support services to resolve financial issues with an emphasis on financial literacy and
self-sufficiency, including (but not limited to):
* One-on-one counseling to help with financial issues
* Budgeting and money management
* Bank account principles
* Consumer complaints
* Preparing your finances for deployment
* Home buying workshops
* Financial problem-solving
* Managing and paying off debt
* Insurance Long-term financial planning (investing)
* Proper use of credit

Army Emergency Relief (AER)
Emergency financial assistance for unforeseen financial crisis:
* Non-receipt of pay Rent/Utilities to prevent eviction
* Repair of essential POV
* Critical emergency travel
* Loss of funds
* Funeral expenses
* Critical medical, dental or hospital expenses
* Fire or disaster
* Money is provided through an interest-free loan or grant.
* Soldiers or Family Members* must go through their unit Commander/1SG to request AER assistance.
*During a Soldier’s absence, Family Member should possess a Power of Attorney authorizing AER assistance.

Warriors in Transition
Soldier & Family Assistance Center (SFAC
A one-stop location for Warriors in Transition (WT) and their Families to ensure advocacy for WTs, continuity of care, and a seamless transition back to the force or return to a productive civilian life.
* Social Services
* Education
* Army Career Alumni Program (ACAP)
* Army Wounded Warrior Program
* Financial Management
* Finance (DFAS)
* Transportation
* Military Personnel
* Chaplain/Counseling Services
* Legal Assistance (by appointment)
* MWR Activities

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