Army Community Service (ACS) Programs and Services assists the military community by developing, coordinating and
delivering services which help promote self-reliance, resiliency and
stability during war and peace. ACS classes and training are designed
to equip Soldiers and Families with the skills, knowledge and
support needed to face the challenges of military life.
Building 200, 9800 Belvoir Road (18th and Belvoir Rd), Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 map
Full ACS Phone Directory available below.
Mon - Fri
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed on all Federal Holidays
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Army Community Service: Laying the groundwork to assist Fort Belvoir's Soldiers & Families and helping build resilience for a stronger community
Army Community Service (ACS) offers many programs and services that are designed to equip Soldiers, Department of Defense (DoD) Civilians, and Families with the skills, knowledge and support they need to face the challenges of military life. Whether you change duty stations, deploy, manage the Family during deployment or adapt to new situations, ACS
has a program to help you and your Family adjust.
ACS grew from an idea to establish a program to address the growing needs of military Families. In 1963 LTC Emma Baird was put in charge of developing a plan to create an Army-wide community social service program. LTC Baird recognized that with the changing Army, morale and retention of Soldiers was being affected. Many service members who might have made the military a career were leaving because of Family members who were not happy with military life. As a result of LTC Baird’s efforts, in 1965 General Harold K. Johnson announced the creation of ACS. Fort Belvoir ACS has been at its current location, 9800 Belvoir Rd, building 200, since October 2008.
Since its inception ACS has relied on volunteers to contribute to the well-being of Soldiers and Families. The Army has continued to change and ACS still relies very heavily on volunteer contributions, which extend to all branches of the military, as well as government agencies. The Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator assists with placement of volunteers and tracking volunteer hours. In addition to its almost 30 staff members, Fort Belvoir ACS “employs” approximately 25-30 volunteers in primarily administrative positions.
Special Programs and Observances:
Operation Sugarplum: Applications accepted
4 November through 13 December
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Operation Sugarplum is a program which assists eligible Families assigned to Fort Belvoir by providing gift and food cards during the holiday season.
- Soldiers E1 to E5, DA Civilians GS-1 to GS-7, and NAF employees NF-1 to NF-2 assigned to Fort Belvoir
- Families with at least one child living in the home
- Complete the application and have your Unit Commander and/or First Sergeant (Active-Duty), and/or direct supervisor (DoD Civilian) sign the application
- A financial counseling appointment is required for all participants:
13 November, 20 November, 5 December or 9 December 2013. All sessions will be held at the USO in the computer lab at 1330-1500.
- There are two major Holiday Assistance Programs offered to Soldiers on Fort Belvoir; Operation Sugarplum and Project USO Elf. To ensure all eligible Families who need assistance are given an opportunity to receive gifts or assistance during this Holiday season, you will only be able to participate in ONE of these programs.
To schedule an Operation Sugarplum appointment, please call 703-805-1833.
Please call (703) 805-2561/2693 for information about when another one might take place (Download SAMPLE flyer from December 3, 2013 Session)
ACS Bldg., 9800 Belvoir Road, Fort Belvoir
Includes Free Dinner and Childcare
You must pre-register by calling ACS/FAP at 703-805-2693.
Limited Childcare is available but you MUST pre-register.
Free ScreamFree Books/DVDs for first 20 couples to register!
Hal Runkel is the creator of the ScreamFree Marriage program and author of the New York Times National Bestseller, ScreamFree Parenting.
Playmorning Weekly Playgroup
Tuesday Mornings / 10am-12pm
Weekly playgroup for children 5 and under and their parents at the ACS Building. Please call ahead before arriving, to confirm an open session at (703) 805-2693.
FAP Section of ACS
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Dads 101 Parenting Class
Stay tuned for upcoming classes
This class for new and expecting fathers, teaches some of the skills necessary to become an active father. Specific topic areas include: child development, fatherhood roles/stereotypes, basic caregiving skills, partner support, baby calming techniques and much more. Call to register at (703) 805-2693/2781.
FAP Section of ACS
Infant Massage Classes
Call for upcoming dates
Learn to massage your baby, research shows that babies who are massaged may sleep longer, spend more time active & alert for learning, increase bonding and attachment to their parents and improve elimination. Classes are taught in small groups of parents / caregivers and their pre-crawling babies. Classes are spread over four weeks, so that your baby gradually adjusts to your nurturing touch. Brought to you by the Family Advocacy Program and the New Parent Support Group. Register today at (703) 805-4547.
FAP Section of ACS
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Monthly Newcomer's Orientation
First Tuesday after the 10th of the month / 9-11am at the Community Center
Welcome to Fort Belvoir! If you are new to the installation and are curious what opportunities are available to you are your families, then please join us at the ACS Monthly Newcomer's Orientation. All newly assigned Military Personnel, Family Members, and Civilians are invited to learn about the Fort Belvoir community and what it has to offer. Held at the Fort Belvoir Community Center. For more information, please contact the Relocation Readiness Program (RRP), at (703) 805-5058/3436.
RRP Section of ACS
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Family Readiness Group Fundraising
Resources, information and policy about FRG fund-raising has been recently updated and is available here. A sample request form can be viewed here. Any further info needed, please call Sheila Reese at 703-805-4127.
Sample Request Form (Word Doc)
Single Parent Support Group
This class provides single parents a vehicle to meet with other single parents in the community and share the ups and down of being a single parent. Join them every Third Tuesday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at ACS, Bldg. 200. Pre-registration is required. Call 703-805-2631/2693 for more information.
|Download FAP Single Parent Group & Workshop Flyer|
This parenting course is designed to help you start a Revolution in Your Family! ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It's about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kid's behavior…for their benefit. With these techniques, you can create and enjoy more calm, mutually respectful and loving relationships with your children.
ACS Phone Directory
ACS Front Desk: 805-4590
Toll Free: (866) 786-8664
AER - Army Emergency Relief: 805-3130
AFAP - Army Family Action Plan Program: 805-4152
AFTB - Army Family Team Building: 805-1150
AVCP - Army Volunteer Corps Program: 805-4152
EFMP - Exceptional Family Member Program: 805-3436/5435
ERP - Employment Readiness: 805-2605/1836
FAP - Family Advocacy Program: 805-2693/3980
FRP - Financial Readiness Program: 805-2606/1833
I&R - Information and Referral: 805-5056/4590
MFLC – Military Family Life Consultant: (703) 414-9887
Mob/D & FRG - Mobilization/Deployment: 805-5683
RRP - Relocation Readiness Program: 805-3436/5058
SFAC - Soldier & Family Assistance Center: (571) 231-7000 / (571) 231-7001
SOS - Survivor Outreach Services: 805-5487/1827
WIC – Women, Infants, and Children: (703) 781-6509
WT - Warriors in Transition: (571) 231-5145
Victim Advocate: 805-1832 | After Hours Hotline: (703) 229-2374
New Parent Support Program: 805-4547
Parent Educator Specialist: 805-2631
Play Morning: 805-2693
ALL ACS PROGRAMS
AFAP - ARMY FAMILY ACTION PLAN PROGRAM: (703) 805-4152
Army Family Action Plan Program (AFAP) Program Manager: Faitheleen Henderson, 703-805-4152. AFAP is a grassroots level forum for Soldiers, civilians, and retirees and family members, to identify issues that affect quality of life and propose solutions that build self-reliance. The AFAP process further unites the Belvoir community and keeps all levels of the chain of command informed. Delegates from units on post and installation families represent America's Army Family by identifying, developing, and prioritizing unit/community/installation quality of life issues. The AFAP office is located in Bldg. 200, 9800 Belvoir Road.
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Speak out, and make a difference by submitting your Global Issue Solution.
AFAP Global Issue Sheet
AFAP - There's an App for that!
Army Family Action Plan Issue Search for iPad App
AFAP Issue Management System
Submit ARMY Quality-of-Life Issues Online.
Directions on Submitting
MyArmyOneSource.com (Submission Website Location)
AFAP Conference Report Out Feb 4, 2011
AFAP - GOSC Results Feb 3, 2011
AFAP Conference Issues Jan 11, 2011
AFAP Issues Book - Active
AFAP Issues Book - Completed and Unattainable
AFAP News Update from Lt. Gen. Lynch
AFAP 2010 Conference Results
AFAP Issue Grid 2011
AFAP at ArmyOneSource.com
AFTB - ARMY FAMILY TEAM BUILDING
Army Family Team Building (AFTB)
AFTB contributes to readiness, performance, retention and recruitment, all vital to the Army's mission. The AFTB program trains Soldiers and Families to become a combat multiplier and enhance overall readiness of the force. An informed, empowered Family allows the Soldier to concentrate efforts and focus in on the mission of defending our nation. The Soldier is able to feel confident and secure that his or her Family is better prepared for the challenges of mobilization. After AFTB training, Family members develop realistic expectations resulting in less frustration and confusion. If informed Families can do more to help themselves, the command can focus on its mission while assuring Family members that the military support will be there. In this respect, command support of the program is vital to its success. Volunteer opportunities are available! A total of 16 hours of FREE childcare will be provided for AFTB Volunteers.
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Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Overview
- Army Family Team Building (AFTB) contributes to readiness, performance, retention and recruitment, all vital to the Army's mission. The AFTB program trains Soldiers and Families to become a combat multiplier and enhance overall readiness of the force. An informed, empowered Family allows the Soldier to concentrate efforts and focus in on the mission of defending our nation. The Soldier is able to feel confident and secure that his or her Family is better prepared for the challenges of mobilization. After AFTB training, Family members develop realistic expectations resulting in less frustration and confusion. If informed Families can do more to help themselves, the command can focus on its mission while assuring Family members that the military support will be there. In this respect, command support of the program is vital to its success. Volunteer opportunities are available! A total of 16 hours of FREE childcare will be provided for AFTB Volunteers.
- Soldiers can earn up to 4 Promotion Points for completion of Financial Readiness, Operation Ready, New Parent Support Program, Army Family Team Building (Level I) classroom instruction, and for Army Family Team Building (Level I, II, III) on-line instruction. A total of four promotion points can be awarded for 40 cumulative hours of course instruction.
We are always happy to see new faces, find new students, instructors, master trainers, and office staff to ensure continued success of the program. LIMITED child care will be available for both students and volunteers. Children must be registered with CYS Services.
ALL classes above will be held at Army Community Service
9800 Belvoir Road, Building 200
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Contact the Army Family Team Building Office for additional information, register for a class, or to request unit training. Call 703-805-1150 or e-mail email@example.com.
AVCP - ARMY VOLUNTEER CORPS PROGRAM
"The Army relies on volunteers to contribute to the well-being of Soldiers, civilians and families."
Army Volunteer Corps Program (AVCP)
Program Manager: Faitheleen Henderson, 703-805-4152. The Army Volunteer Corps Program provides support for all volunteer activities on the installation. All training and recognition awards are also coordinated and prepared at the AVCP.
What does the ACS Volunteer Program have to offer?
Great opportunities * Professional level jobs * Flexible hours * Childcare while you volunteer and support ACS service programs (up to 16 hours per month, per family) * Volunteer recognition and awards program * Warm and inviting work atmosphere * Training - professional and OJT.
Fort Belvoir AVCP on Facebook
AVCP Facebook Page
Throughout history, volunteers have played an integral role in the life of Soldiers and their Families. In the early years of our country volunteers mended uniforms, cared for the sick and wounded, and comforted Families of fallen Soldiers. Today our volunteers are found throughout the military community. Soldiers, civilians, retirees, spouses and youth are providing service in schools, in hospitals, on sports fields, and in many other organizations and offices. Through their dedicated service, volunteers transform military installations into communities. The strength of the Army lies in its Soldiers, and the strength of Army communities lies in the talents and contributions of its members. Volunteerism stabilizes our Army communities by contributing to community cohesion, increasing self-reliance, and enhancing the well-being of our Soldiers and their families. The Army relies on volunteers to contribute to the well-being of Soldiers, civilians, and families. How can you join the Army’s great volunteer corps and begin impacting your community?
Reasons to Volunteer Flyer
How does AVCP work?
Much like an employment office, the Army Volunteer Corps Manager (AVCM) maintains a job bank of volunteer openings. After viewing the volunteer’s interests, skills, goals, availability and previous work or volunteer experience, the AVCM will review options for volunteer placement. An appointment with the agency the volunteers elects will then be arranged. They can provide continuing assistance to volunteers who request help in translating their volunteer contributions into work experience statement or job acquisitions.
AVCP Volunteer Bill of Rights
Click here to see a listing of local organizations who can use your help!
Volunteers Needed List
A fun and informative look at what’s going on with ACS's AVCP volunteers around Fort Belvoir.
AVCP Volunteers Newsletter
AVCP FAQ's and Resources
Will I have a choice of where I volunteer? YES! The AVCM works to help both the agency and the volunteer. Obviously, the coordinator is anxious to help any agency with a critical need, but the individual is equally important. The goal of the AVCM is to match the right volunteer with the right job, increasing the likelihood that both the individual and the agency will benefit.
Is childcare provided? YES! Up to 16 hours of childcare per month, per family is available to volunteers who support ACS service programs.
Does volunteering count as a job I can add to my Resume? YES! In determining applicants’ qualifications for Federal jobs all work experience is considered, regardless of whether any compensation was received. If the experience is pertinent to the position in question paid and unpaid experiences are given equal credit.
How to locate volunteer opportunities and track your volunteer hours. You can locate available positions through Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) online at myarmyonesource.com. You will need to establish a login and password if you have not already done so. Once logged into Army One Source you can use the following guide to find available positions.
Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) provides tools to manage volunteerism in your military community including online recruitment, volunteer records storage, and easy communication with volunteers and volunteer managers.
Volunteer Orientation You can also attend the next Volunteer Orientation. Orientation is held at the Belvoir ACS, Bldg 200, 9800 Belvoir Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. Dates subject to change, please contact the Army Volunteer Corps Program Manager for more details: 703-805-4152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS)
Quick Start Information Guide
The VMIS QuickStart Guide is a step by step guide to finding volunteering opportunities and how to enter and manage your volunteering hours.
Download the VMIS QuickStart Guide
How to Register and Get Started
1. To access the Army OneSource website, go to www.myarmyonesource.com
2. If you’ve already registered with Army OneSource, click Login and enter your username and password.
3. To register with Army OneSource, click the Register link at the top of the homepage, then click Next, enter the required [*] information on the form, then complete the process.
My AOS Page
The My AOS Page allows you to customize the page by adding volunteer gadgets for locating an AVCC, searching for volunteer opportunities, entering volunteer hours, and more. To access the My AOS Page, click the button at the top of any Army OneSource page.
Locate an AVCC
Each military community has an Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator who is responsible for volunteer activities in their area. To locate an AVCC, enter your zip code in the AVCC Locator box on the My AOS Page, then click Search. The search displays a list of AVCCs, including their community and distance from you (based on your membership profile). Click on the name of an AVCC to view their detailed contact information, including phone number and email address.
Search and Apply for Opportunities
To search and apply for volunteer opportunities in and around your military community, click the Opportunity Locator link in the Volunteer Center box on the My AOS Page.
1. Use the Opportunity Locator screen drop down menus and text boxes to set up selection criteria, then click to generate a list of volunteer opportunities near you.
2. Next, click a position title to view details about that volunteer opportunity.
3. To apply for that volunteer position, click . Next, enter the required [*] information on the application form, then click to complete the process.
4. You’ll be contacted by an Organization Point of Contact (OPOC) or AVCC with a response to your application and more information about the volunteer process.
CIS - COMMUNITY INFORMATION SERVICES
Phone 703-805-5056/4590. Community Information Services maintains an integrated resource file of sources of service to which personnel may be referred. Referral procedures are used when it is not possible to provide immediate direct assistance. Follow-up procedures are provided to ensure that needs have been met.
www.belvoir.army.mil (Fort Belvoir Homepage)
www.belvoirmwr.com (Fort Belvoir MWR Homepage)
www.belvoirmwr.com/FacilitiesACS (ACS Homepage)
www.Facebook.com/FortBelvoirACS (ACS Facebook Page)
http://www.fbch.capmed.mil/About/contact.aspx (FBCH Phone Numbers)
http://www.belvoir.army.mil/cpac/default.asp (Civilian Personnel Advisory Center)
http://www.belvoir.army.mil/services/housing_services_office.asp (Housing Services Office - Off-post Housing)
www.ahrn.com (Off-post home rental & sales information)
www.militaryonesource.com (Resource information)
www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil (Resource help for your move)
www.wmata.com (Metro information)
www.fcps.edu (Fairfax County Schools)
www.pwcs.edu (Prince William County Schools)
www.tricareonline.com (Online help & appointment making)
http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=336 (Fort Belvoir ICE Comments)
EFMP - EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM
EFMP Operating Hours M-F 7:30am - 4:30pm
Closed the first Wednesday of the month, from 12:00pm – 4:30pm.
Special appointments available on request
Walk-ins are welcome, but priority is given to appointments. We highly encourage calling first to ensure that staff is available to serve you.
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is dedicated to serving military families with special needs. All services are held at 9800 Belvoir Road, Bldg. 200, unless indicated otherwise. To participate in activities, you must be enrolled in EFMP. For more information, please contact our office at (703) 805-1835/2967/5435. If seeking information on EFMP enrollment/disenrollment, overseas screenings, or records updating, please contact the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital EFMP Coordinator at 571-231-1054. EFMP Housing Request Information.
Visit the ACS News & Events Section above for any EFMP News or Events or other ACS program news.
All Soldiers who have Family members enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) are responsible for keeping their documentation current as the Family member’s condition changes or at least every three years. Over 20,000 Soldiers have outdated enrollment. It is HQ IMCOM’s intent that all expired EFMP enrollments be updated no later than 30 August. Fort Belvoir Soldiers with outdated EFM information must complete a DD Form 2792 for medical updates and/or DD Form 2792-1, for education updates, and submit to the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital EFMP Coordinator located in the Pediatric clinic in Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, River Pavilion, Reception Desk 3.
Please note HRC is enforcing updated enrollments prior to permanent change of station orders, and updates can take 6 to 8 weeks. Soldiers who are not sure of their EFM’s enrollment status can contact their duty installation’s EFMP Medical Coordinator or ACS EFMP Manager.
Fort Belvoir’s Contacts:
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital EFMP Coordinator (571) 231-1054
Fort Belvoir ACS EFMP Manager (703) 805-3436
Fort Myer Medical Coordinator (703) 696-7965
Fort Myer ACS EFMP Manager (703) 696-8467
EFMP Activities Newsletter - April, May, June
Fort Belvoir EFMP on Facebook
EFMP Facebook Page
(Open to Active Duty Army assigned to Fort Belvoir.)
Ft. Belvoir EFMP Respite Care offers up to 40 hours per month, per eligible Family member. Determination of the number of hours is based on a Family Needs Assessment. For more information about this or other programs offered, please contact the Fort Belvoir EFMP office at (703) 805-3436
To participate in activities, you must be enrolled in EFMP. For more information, please contact our office at (703) 805-3436/5435.
ERP - EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM
Employment Readiness Program (ERP)
Program Manager: Laureen DuPree, 703-805-1836/2605
ERP welcomes family members, active duty service members, retirees, and DOD civilians in the metropolitan area. ERP seeks to prepare individuals to identify and develop marketable career skills for use in the current or future job market. Services available include employment/career counseling, resume and federal application assistance, information and referral, job banks, job search workshops, computers, printers and fax as well as a resource library and outreach programs on request. ERP has a ninety percent success rate in finding positions for their clients. Most clients find employment by enrolling in the ERP program and using the direct referral program. To enroll in ERP you need to attend an Orientation. Orientation is held every Tuesday, 12:45-2:30pm. Presenters at the orientation include: ERP, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, and Non Appropriated Fund Personnel. Call 703-805-1836/4590 to register for the Employment Orientation.
Employer Recruiting Sessions/Job Fairs
Federal Job Search Assistance
Job Search Counseling
Job Skill Training Academy with Certification Courses Classes/Workshops
For more information call 703-805-2605/1836/4590.
Fort Belvoir ERP on Facebook
Visit the Fort Belvoir Employment Readiness Program Facebook Page. LIKE the page to stay connected for job postings and other web-based employment services.
ERP Facebook Page
FAP - FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM
Visit the ACS News & Events Section above for any FAP News or Events or other ACS program news!
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) works to promote public awareness within the military and civilian communities and coordinate professional intervention at all levels, including law enforcement, social services, health services, and legal services. FAP is designed to break the cycle of abuse by identifying abuse as early as possible and providing treatment to the affected family member. FAP works with individuals and families to strengthen family relationships and prevent child and spouse maltreatment. The program is dedicated to enhancing individual coping skills and alleviating the underlying causes of stress associated with family violence. FAP also provides education services in child abuse, spouse and family violence, parenting and stress management. The objectives of the FAP are to prevent spouse and child abuse, to encourage the reporting of all instances of such abuse, to ensure the prompt assessment and investigation of all abuse cases, to protect victims of abuse, and to treat all family members affected by or involved in abuse. For more info, please contact the Family Advocacy Program at 703-2693 / 3980.
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Victim Advocacy Program
There is light after darkness…
Family Advocacy provides an open door to healing. If you are a survivor of domestic violence--physical, emotional or verbal-- YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We are here to listen, help, and offer options. Please contact (703) 805-1832 for free and confidential assistance, or (703) 229-2374 after hours. Remember that you are not alone…Help is available with the following:
- Safety Planning
- Victim Advocate
- Emergency Shelter
- Assist the victim with court and their legal rights
- Provide education to military and civilian communities
- Support and self-esteem groups
- Referral Services Support groups for victims of domestic violence
Parental Support / Child Abuse Prevention Program
Parenting in today’s society is more challenging than ever, but today, there are more resources available to families than ever before. Family Advocacy has resources and services available to assist all clients - new parents, teenagers, grandparents raising grandchildren, single parents, blended families, and more. For more information, please contact the Family Advocacy Program at (703) 805-2631/2693. A few of the classes offered are:
Love and Logic Parenting - A program that demonstrates to parents how to educate their children with love and logic by teaching them the 4 steps to responsibility, recognizing who has control, and also designing consequences for unpleasant behaviors.
Loving our Children - A program that demonstrates to parents the alternatives to spanking, teaches them to say no, and how to empower their children by improving their self confidence.
Teen Skills – A program for teenagers that was designed to give parents peace of mind, and also empower today’s teens by providing them with knowledge of various topics that they will need once they are out in the real world.
All Commands and Senior Enlisted Advisors on Fort Belvoir will be given an overview of Family Advocacy so that they may understand their role in family violence prevention and intervention. Subjects covered will be the following:
- Family Advocacy – Policies, Transitional Compensation
- Training Opportunities for Soldiers and families
- Command Responsibilities
- New Parent Support
- Child Abuse
- Spouse Abuse
FAP Workshops and Classes
FAP provides a wide range of classes designed to enhance interpersonal skills and prevent family violence. These are offered on a regular basis and can be tailored for a specific audience. Consider them CLASSES FOR SUCCESS!! For information or to register for the next scheduled class, please call (703)805-2631/2693 .
FAP classes are listed below:
- Domestic Violence Prevention
- Sexual Assault Prevention
- Child Abuse Prevention
- Love and Logic Parenting
- Loving our Children
- Teen Skills
- Stress Management (co-facilitated with Dewitt Healthcare)
- Creating Love: A Workshop for Couples
NPSP - New Parent Support Program
The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is designed to provide assistance to military families through education and support from the prenatal period to the age of three. The New Parent Support Program offers expectant parents and parents of newborn and young children the opportunity to learn new skills as parents and to improve old ones. The program is a reliable source for answers to your questions in the privacy of your home by home visitors. Among the services offered are parenting classes, infant care classes, infant massage classes, and play morning referrals.
Phone: (703)805-4547 / 2781 / 2693.
Info about PlayMorning Tuesdays
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Play Morning at ACS
When: Tuesday Mornings
(Please call ahead before arriving, to confirm an open session)
Location: ACS Building
Phone: 703-805-2781 / 2693
ACS & FAP present Tuesday Playmornings. Parents and children 5 years and under are invited to join in a free weekly stimulating play environment focusing on gross motor skill development and socialization of children. The playgroup features age appropriate books, toys, activities, arts and crafts for parents to share with their child. This is a fantastic way to meet other moms and dads, share information, and create play dates for your child. First time attendees are asked to bring military ID and immunization record. Immunization records are required for all children. Parents of infants are asked to bring a blanket for the floor.
MFLC - MILITARY FAMILY LIFE CONSULTANT PROGRAM
Military Family Life Consultant Program
The Military Family Life Consultant Program provides short term, situational, problem-solving counseling services to service members and their families. The providers are licensed clinicians who provide counseling and psycho-education to help service members and their families deal with deployment issues, conflict resolution, parenting, communication, and relationship issues. MFLCs are mandated reporters of child abuse, domestic violence, and duty to warn situations. The counseling services are otherwise confidential and private. We work in support of all existing Military Family Support programs. Call to speak to an MFLC at (703) 414-9887.
MOB/D - MOBILIZATION and DEPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM
Mobilization and Deployment Readiness Program (Mob/DRP) provides support to Soldiers (Active, Reserve, and National Guard), deployable DoD Civilians, and all Family Members during every phase of the Deployment Cycle. Families are mission essential, especially when the Soldiers are involved in a deployment and must be away from their Families for an extended period of time. Our goal is to support the Soldier in the mission they are sent to do by educating the Family Member to be self-reliant through classes, training, resources, and personal support.
The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is also a program to support Soldiers and Families. Each unit Commander is required to have a working FRG at all times; it will be effective all the time, as well as during times of deployment and emergencies such as a death, natural disaster, or other such events. It is the communication link between the commander and the Families. Working and supported FRGs always make a unit stronger; FRGs also increase retention of both the Soldier and the Family.
The Family Assistance Center (FAC) is set up in the event of a mass deployment or a natural disaster, terrorist, or pandemic event to provide support and resources to Soldiers and Family Members involved. In the case of disaster, terrorist, or pandemic events, the assistance would be for those whose loved ones died or were missing because of the event. Training and information on Emergency preparedness, both at home and at work is also offered.
Causality Response (CARE Team) In the event a casualty, severe injury or disaster occurs within our community, the Garrison Commander may activate a CARE Team based on the affected Family's needs and requests for support. Fort Belvoir's CARE Team consists of responsible, knowledgeable, volunteers who have been screened, trained, and have signed a confidentiality agreement. The CARE Team will provide up to 4 consecutive days of service to a family until other support arrives.
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FRG & Mob/D News & Events
Visit the ACS News & Events Section above for any FRG & Mob/D News or Events or other ACS program news!
FRG & Mob/D Brochure
An overview of the services and resources offered from ACS's Mobilization/Deployment (Mob/D) Program.
|Download Mob/D Overview Brochure|
FRG & Mob/D on Facebook
Mob/D now has a Facebook Page, stay in touch with them by clicking on their LIKE button.
Deployment Cycle Support
- Deployment Checklist for Soldiers and Families
- Family Care Plan Checklist
- Financial and Legal
- Deployment and Resiliency Training
- Free childcare and activities for children of deployers (Army)
Operation Ready Program: Training, Class, Videos, Materials
- Pre-Deployment: Military and Community Resources
- Children and Deployment
- Trauma in the Unit
- Rear Detachment Commander
- Care Teams
- Family Readiness Group Leader
- Family Readiness Support Assistants
Family Readiness Group Training
- FRG Leader Training, basic and advanced
- Funds and Fundraising Course
- Key Caller Training
- Coping during Crisis
- Networking and Marketing for FRGs
- FRG Volunteers
- Virtual FRG
Family Assistance Center Training
- FAC Overview
- Shelter in Place
- Prepare for Emergencies
- Crisis Management
- Call Center Training
- Personal Home Preparedness for Disaster
For more information please call 703-805-5683 (REMOVE 1834) or email Carol Janer at email@example.com.
FRP - FINANCIAL READINESS PROGRAM
“Saving the dream --- through education, counseling and assistance”
The Financial Readiness Program (FRP) offers a wide range of services to assist Active Duty and Retired military, their ID card Family members and Department of the Army (DA) Civilian employees with their financial affairs. Our goal is to help you save money, live within your means, and invest for the future. We want to help Soldiers, veterans, and Families prevent financial difficulties before they arise.
Army Emergency Relief (AER) AER is a private non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to military personnel (active and retired) and their families in times of distress. AER exists primarily for helping the Army take care of its own. AER is open to Active Duty and Retired military and their ID card family members; and Reservists and National Guard (while on active duty, Title 10 for more than 30 days) and their ID card family members. Authorized categories include rent/mortgage, food, utilities, privately owned vehicle repair and/or maintenance costs, medical costs, utilities, emergency travel, etc.
FRP offers a variety of free classes throughout the year to educate and assist in managing your wealth and achieving your financial goals. Take a look at the class schedule; registering is easy! Just call 703-805-4590.
2013 FRP Class Schedule
Financial and Budget Counseling
Appointments with a financial counselor are available to discuss methods and tips to manage your finances. The Counselor develops a personal financial analysis to determine the household’s monthly income and living expenses. In order to make an accurate assessment of your financial situation, you must bring the following to your appointment:
- Most recent end-of-month Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
- Spouse’s earning statement(s) for the past month (if applicable)
- Proof of any other household income
- Most recent statement(s) from creditor(s) indicating current balance, interest rate, and minimum payment
AER has introduced a few new categories of assistance to include travel funds for relocation, repair of HVAC, purchase/repair of stoves and refrigerators, child car seats, cranial helmets, widows’ lifetime membership with Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA) and maximum scholarship for children of Soldier who die on active duty. Also, the Commander’s Referral Program has been increased giving Unit Commanders and First Sergeants approval authority for up to $1500 for AER assistance provided they have received mandatory training provided by the AER Officer.
For AER assistance, please bring with you the following:
- Application for AER Financial Assistance, DA Form 700. This form MUST be signed by your Unit Commander or First Sergeant. This form is also available through your Unit’s Orderly Room.
- Commander's Referral Program, Application for Financial Assistance, DA Form 600.
- Military ID card
- Proof of income (i.e. Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), paystub, etc.)
- Provide copies of the bills that you are having difficulty paying
- Reserve Component Soldiers need to bring the current set of orders that place them on active duty for greater than 30 consecutive days
- Spouses must be able to present a Power of Attorney (POA) if requesting assistance in the Soldier’s absence. If there is no POA, Soldier contact and concurrence for assistance can be obtained through the American Red Cross
Emergency Food Assistance
To assist Fort Belvoir Soldiers, Family Members and retirees who are experiencing financial emergencies with emergency food assistance. Please contact the Financial Readiness Program directly to discuss your need for emergency food assistance.
Free Credit Report and Score
Active duty Soldiers and spouses can get a free copy of one credit report (either Transunion or Equifax) and the accompanying free score. Call to schedule an appointment and a financial counselor will review the report with you and answer any questions pertaining to your individual report.
Consumer Advocacy/Complaint Resolution
Information is provided to help the Fort Belvoir military community make educated consumer decisions. Informational pamphlets are available on many consumer issues. If you feel that your consumer rights have been violated, you can file a consumer complaint with us by submitting DA Form 5184 (Consumer Complaint) and copies of relevant documents that would help the consumer advocate speak on your behalf (e.g. warranty papers, bill of sale, correspondence with merchant, etc). To schedule an appointment to meet with a consumer advocate, call (703) 805-1833.
View and print your credit report free from each of the three credit reporting agencies (Transunion, Equifax, and Experian). Note: Only the report is free, you must pay a fee to see your score.
Protect yourself from Identity Theft:
The Federal Trade Commission site includes news and alerts, consumer protection and anti-trust information.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a defined contribution retirement savings plan for Federal employees. Site offers access to account information, information on TSP fund options and performance, retirement planning and tools for all career stages, and help with life events affecting your TSP account.
Compare mortgage, refinance, insurance and CD rates. Expert analysis of home loan finance topics and trends.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation provides resources to educate and protect consumers, revitalize communities, and promote compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws.
The accounting firm of the Department of Defense (DoD). DFAS is responsible for identifying and implementing finance and accounting requirements.
The Defense Department has established a "one stop" place to go whenever service members or family members need assistance with any kind of problem.
myPay allows you to manage your pay information, leave and earnings statements, W-2's and more.
Financial Readiness Program
9800 Belvoir Road, Bldg 200
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Erica Drame – Program Manager
Vonnie Blanken – Army Emergency Relief (AER) Officer
Operating Hours M–F 7:30am – 4:30pm
Appointments and Walk-ins:
Priority is given to appointments but walk-ins are welcome.
We highly encourage calling first to ensure that staff is available to serve you.
RRP - RELOCATION READINESS PROGRAM
The Relocation Readiness Program attempts to make military moves smoother. It provides counseling, Military HOMEFRONT and change of station information and also assists families by providing temporary use of household goods thru the lending closet. Programs offered by RRP:
- Newcomers' Orientation
- Waiting Families Support Group (Hearts Apart)
- International Spouse Group
- Loan Closet
- Fort Belvoir Welcome Packets
- Cultural Awareness Classes (Germany, Korea, Japan, and Hawaii)
If you are new to the Fort Belvoir area, ACS hosts a Newcomers Orientation on the first Tuesday after the 10th of the month from 9-11am at the Fort Belvoir Community Center.. No registration required and children are welcome.
Hearts Apart Group
All spouses (male and female) whose sponsor is deployed, geographically separated, on an unaccompanied tour or extended TDY, are invited to participate in the Hearts Apart Group. Hearts Apart offers support for Waiting Families by linking Family Members with other Families who are separated due to their sponsor’s mission requirements. Army Community Service provides a supportive group setting for activities, opportunities to learn about available resources, and to network with one another during their sponsor’s absence. Free on-site childcare and dinner is provided. Hearts Apart meets the third Thursday of each month from 6pm-8pm at ACS.
International Spouse Group
For foreign-born spouses, we offer the International Spouse Group meeting every month. Come and share your experiences while learning more about different cultures. Each meeting focuses on obtaining resources available throughout the community and information on ACS programs, ESL, citizenship and more. Please contact the Relocation Program for dates and location.
If your next duty station is overseas, ACS offers a variety of cultural awareness/adaptation classes for military and civilian personnel as well as their family. "Welcome to Germany" classes are on the 3rd Thursday of each month and "Welcome to Korea" classes are offered on the 4th Thursday of each month. “Welcome to Hawaii & Japan” classes are available upon request. All the classes are at ACS, Building 200. Registration is required. Please call for the times of each class.
For more information or to sign up for any of these classes please call 703-805-5058/4590 or via email at: Relocation@conus.army.mil
Visit the ACS News & Events Section above for any RRP News or Events or other ACS program news!
SFAC - SOLDIER AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER
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Monday - Friday 7:30am-4 pm
Saturday, Sunday CLOSED
Soldier and Family Assistance Center
5965 6th Street, Building #1263
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Phone numbers: 571-231-7000 / 571-231-7001
The Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) mission is to provide tailored, compassionate, and coordinated services to our Warriors in Transition (WT), retirees, and family members. SFAC will assist WTs, retirees, and family members to navigate and access critical services expeditiously, so the Warriors can focus on their primary mission: TO HEAL.
Individual needs require individual attention. The SFAC staff offer diverse knowledge and skills to help our WTs with their specific issues. And, we want family members to know they are welcome and encouraged to use these services as often as needed.
We provide a comfortable, friendly, one-stop shop. The SFAC lounge has a family-like feel with sofas, TV, games, computer (with internet service), and snacks available for your use, whether needing a place to unwind, or while waiting to speak to a counselor.
Visit the ACS News & Events Section above for any SFAC News or Events or other ACS program news!
Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project
The WWDSP is a partnership between Disabled Sports USA, its chapters and the Wounded Warrior Project, providing year round sports programs for severely wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict and the Global War on Terrorism.
The Army Homefront Fund
The Army Homefront Fund, launched on June 13, 2011 with a Memorandum of Understanding between Operation Homefront and the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) helps to provide financial aid to Wounded Warriors and their Families.
The Army Homefront Fund provides grants, not loans, for emergency financial assistance, emergency food, transitional family housing, emergency home repairs, critical baby items, vehicle repair service, furniture and household items, local moving assistance and Wounded Warrior wives retreats. Its goal is simply to get the Wounded Warriors and their families the resources they need.
Soldiers can apply for assistance through its web site at http://www.armyhomefrontfund.org/Mafa.aspx.
Find Fort Belvoir's Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) on Facebook!
SFAC Belvoir Facebook Page
SFAC Contact Information
Human Resources Coordinator:
Social Service Coordinator:
Adrina F. Scott
Phone: (571) 231- 7019
SOS - SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)
SOS is an Army-wide program designed to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to Survivors of Active Duty, Reserve, Army National Guard and Retirees. Survivor Outreach Services demonstrates the Army’s commitment to Families by providing support and standardized services to Active, Reserve and Army National Guard families. Many times there are unresolved issues or questions that may surface months or years after the loss. The army is dedicated to fulfilling the Army Family Covenant by providing support to Families for as long as they desire.
For more information on the program, please call Kathy Whatley, SOS Financial Counselor, at (703) 805-1827 and Kelly Burger, SOS Support Coordinator
Visit the ACS News & Events Section above for any SOS Belvoir News or Events or other ACS program news!
Fort Belvoir's Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is now on Facebook.
SOS Belvoir Facebook Page
Get the latest SOS news from Survivor Outreach Services at G-9..
SOS FMWRC News
Full Survivor Outreach Services Brochure
Web Resources for Families of Fallen Soldiers:
Survivor Outreach Services at Army One Source
Fort Belvoir Survivor Outreach Services on Facebook
Arlington National Cemetery, Funeral Information
How to Request Military Service Records or Prove Military Service
Resources for Children
I Cried Too
(provides resources and tools for children)
GriefNet.org (email support Groups )
Kids-to-kids (under 12)
K2k-teens (ages 13-18)
Department of Veteran Affairs
Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) - DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of a military service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.
Survivors' and Dependents'
Educational Assistance (DEA) - Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Home Loan Guaranty - The unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who died on active duty or as the result of a service-connected disability is eligible for the home loan benefit.
CHAMPVA - The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.
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