Spouses to tour Fort Huachuca
Army Community Service is sponsoring a military spouse van tour of Fort Huachuca to familiarize spouses with what is available on the installation. Breakfast will be at ACS on Mar. 29, at 8:30 a.m., and the van tour will take place at 9:30 a.m. ACS is providing child care and a potluck breakfast for those who register.
For more information and to RSVP, call ACS, 533.2330.
Resiliency Training offered
Today and tomorrow, ACS conducts resiliency training which offers strength-based, positive psychology tools to aid Soldiers, leaders and their families in their ability to grow and thrive in the face of adversity. This training will take place at the Murr Community Center from 8:30 a.m. “â€œ 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call 533.0282.
“VistAbility” event setÃ‚Â
The Sierra Vista Commission on Disability Issues is holding their Annual Sierra “VistAbility” Day event, March 31, 10 a.m. “â€œ 1 p.m. at the Buena High School cafeteria, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista. The event provides individuals with disabilities and their families the opportunity to find resources and includes local government agencies, medical and rehabilitation centers, care facilities, local businesses and support groups. This event is free to the public and is open to everyone.
For more information, contact Jeff Pregler, 458.3315.
EFMP Respite Care Provides Support
Caring for a family member with special needs, especially severe chronic medical conditions, is an around-the-clock job. There may be no end to a caregiver’s love, but everyone who shoulders such responsibilities needs a break to rest and recharge. The Exceptional Family Member Program respite care provides that break. Qualifying families are eligible for up to 40 hours of respite care a month for each enrolled exceptional family member, depending on the specific needs of that EFM.
“Taking care of an individual with special needs is often a 24-hour job, and respite care allows the primary caregiver some time to take care of their own needs, as well as recharge their batteries,” explained Audrey Peterson-Hosto, Exceptional Family Member program manager, adding that “respite care is flexible in the fact it may be provided inside or outside of the home.”
“In the recent past, there was a waiting list for those requesting respite care services,” said Peterson-Hosto. “However, over the last couple of months we have had several respite care recipients PCS (permanently change station) to other installations, and currently we do not have a waiting list.”
Army life poses challenges for any family, but especially for families with special needs. “It is part of our job, our commitment to the Army Family Covenant, to make sure we are delivering the right services in the right way to support the health and well-being of all family members, she said
Peterson-Hosto is available at Army Community Service to provide more detailed information to families. Soldiers or family members who have questions can call Peterson-Hosto, 533.6871, and also go to the EFMP Web page, http://www.huachuca.army.mil/sites/acs/efmp.aspx.
ACS shares calendar of events
Resiliency Training: Thursday “â€œ Friday 8:30 a.m. “â€œ 4:30 p.m.
VMIS OPOC Training: Friday 3 “â€œ 5 p.m.
Resumix Class: Tuesday 8:30 “â€œ 11:30 a.m.
Single Parent Support Group: Wednesday 11:30 a.m. “â€œ12:30 p.m.
Baby Boot Camp: March 20 3 “â€œ 4 p.m.
Army Family Team Building Level I: March 23 9 a.m. “â€œ 3:30 p.m.
SOS Family Fun Day: March 24 12:30 “â€œ 4:30 p.m.
Van Tour and Breakfast: March 29 8:30 a.m. “â€œ noon
Sierra “VistAbility” Day: March 31 10 a.m. “â€œ 1 p.m.