New Parent Support Program benefits Families
Frances Roberson is a registered nurse who recently joined the Army Community Service, or ACS Family Advocacy Program, or AFP, as the New Parent Support Program, or NPSP, home visitor. She is no stranger to the military community as she is the wife of a retiree. This experience has enabled her to understand the challenges military Families endure. Roberson says, “Military life is not always easy. Given that experience and understanding, I am here to assist Families who desire to volunteer to receive home visits.”
The NPSP is beneficial to all Family members. In addition to home visits, NPSP facilitates playgroups, Baby Boot Camp and a variety of educational classes. Roberson looks forward to the opportunity to work with active duty, retired and Department of Defense civilian Families expecting a baby or with children up to age 3.
Currently Baby Boot Camp, a program designed for expecting Families, has several classes on their schedule. They include: I did not know my baby would cry like this; Prenatal and 0-5 nutrition; and Oral hygiene – when to start brushing. Baby Boot Camp meets from 3 – 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, this Thursday and July 18, in the ACS conference room. Roberson looks forward to seeing parents there.
For more information or to register, call 533.8961 or 1.571.414.1922.
Employment Readiness Program
Need guidance and information about resources to prepare for and locate employment? The ACS Employment Readiness Program, or ERP, can help. The staff offers a wide range of information about local and federal employment opportunities, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, interviewing skills, resume critiquing, career planning resources and more.
Want to build work experience? Learn how to access volunteer opportunities. ERP services are available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 538.5899 to set up an appointment and to obtain preliminary information via email.
Federal Employment Classes are also offered at ACS the second Tuesday monthly from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. The next class will be held on July 9. Pre-registration is required to attend, and the class is open to valid military identification card patrons only. To register, call 533.2330.
AFTB Instructor Training Course set
An Army Family Team Building instructor course is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. June 26 and 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. June 27 in the ACS conference room. This course is designed to provide volunteers and/or program managers the skills needed to provide AFTB Level I, II, III training to the military community. The AFTB Train the Trainer Course is one of the most important steps within the AFTB process because new instructors learn how to master individual skill sets, identify different learning styles, work within a team and develop ways to sustain a strong AFTB environment within the Army community. For more information, call 533.3986.
EFMP support group available
The Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group meets from 5 – 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month in the ACS conference room. The next meetings are Wednesday and July 17. This is an opportunity to network with other Family members, service providers and local agencies. Enrollment in EFMP is not required; however attendance is limited to active duty military, retirees and DoD employees. Pre-registration is required to ensure materials are available for all attendees. Call 533.2330 to register.
Domestic Violence Unit Training
ACS and the FAP will conduct a mandatory Domestic Violence Unit Training from 1 – 2 p.m. June 25 at Murr Community Center. All units which are not up-to-date on their mandated annual domestic violence training are invited to attend. If a unit is interested in attending, or those with questions about the training, may call 533.3686 or 533.2993.
Free summer camp
Camp Corral is providing a free summer camp experience for military children, 8 – 15, with priority given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military Families. Camp Corral is July 28 – Aug. 2 at the James 4-H Camp at Mingus Springs in Prescott.
For more information, contact the Soldier Family Assistance Center, 533.5334.