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  • 1. Family September 2012 TimesHispanic Heritage Monthhttp://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/http://racerelations.about.com/od/diversitymatters/a/Celebrating-Hispanic-HeritageEach year, Americans observe National Hispanic HeritageMonth from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating thehistories, cultures and contributions of American citizenswhose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean September 15 - October 15 2012and Central and South America. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage MonthThe observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Weekunder President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by Latino community, and music venues host concerts with LatinoPresident Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period performers. In addition, cuisine, crafts and other goods withstarting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was Latin American origins are displayed during festivals thatenacted into law on August 17, 1988. coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month. The cultural observance also marks a good time to partner with groups that serve theThe day of September 15 is significant because it is the Latino community by volunteering or fundraising for them.anniversary of independence for Latin American countriesCosta Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Tracking Hispanic Progress Latinos have made enormousNicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their progress since 1968, when the federal government firstindependence days on September 16 and September 18, recognized Hispanic Heritage Week and Latinos joined blacks,respectively. Asians and other groups in the fight for civil rights. With a population of 50.5 million, Latinos now constitute the largestWho Does Hispanic Heritage Month Honor? Hispanic minority group in the U.S., giving them political leverage andHeritage Month recognizes the achievements, customs and influence in a number of other areas. Despite these gains, thelegacies of U.S. citizens with roots in Latin America, Latino community still seeks to make economic and educationalSouth/North America. The people in these regions fall into advances. Just 14 percent of Hispanics age 25 and up weredifferent racial categories, partake in different traditions, college graduates in 2010. Also, the U.S. economic recessionpractice different religions and even speak different has hit Latinos particularly hard. A study by the Pew Researchlanguages—Spanish, English, Catalan, Nahuatl and more. Center found that Latinos lost more wealth during the economicGiven what a diverse group of people Hispanic Heritage downturn than any other group, with the median wealth ofMonth honors, it’s important not to generalize about them. Hispanic households falling by 66 percent from 2005 to 2009. Furthermore, as of August 2011, Latinos had the second highestHispanic Heritage Month Events Hispanic Heritage Month unemployment rate of all major U.S. ethnic groups at 11celebrations run the gamut. Museums exhibit the work of percent.Hispanic artists. Community groups screen films about the The good news for Latinos is that they’re making gains in the In This Issue business world and at the ballot booth. Fifty percent of Hispanics Director’s Corner………………..…………………..2 voted in the 2008 presidential election, up from 47 percent in Newcomers’.....………………..….....................…....2 2004. The U.S. Census Bureau also reports that the number of ACS Directory..….……………...……......................2 Hispanic-owned businesses rose by 43.7 percent from 2002 to AFAP/AFTB/MRT.…......…..………..…………......3 2007. Hispanic-owned businesses are especially leaving a mark FAP-Substance Impact………...……........................4 in wholesale trade, construction and retail trade, with nearly 51 FRP-Car Buying Tips………….................................5 percent of Hispanic-owned business yielding profits in these EFMP/SOS/MFLC………..........................................6 ERP-Career Expo…………………............................7 fields. Relo/Mob/Dep….………….......................................8 Back to School Safety……………….....................…9 Given that the Census Bureau predicts Hispanics to make up 30 Conflict Resolution……………………...................10 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, there’s little doubt that Calendar..…………….……………………….........11 Latinos will make strides that leave a permanent imprint on U.S. culture and society.
  • 2. Director’s Corner I would like to take this opportunity, to thank everyone for your dedication, and participation in this year’s Run for the Fallen. It was a great success, and it could not have happen without your support and efforts. Fall season is upon us and ACS has a few events lined up for the month of September. On the 5th we are hosting a Career Expo, held at the Sports &Fitness Center, 1000-1400, on the 15th we have scheduled, Apple Picking and Hayride for our Waiting Families and the 27th is our Monthly Newcomers’ Orientation 0830-1200. Army Community Service’s continual goal to provide excellent customer service to all our Service members and their families. If you have any questions or concerns, my door is always open for you. We look forward to meeting you. Happy Labor Day and have a beautiful autumn season, Carmen E. Borrero, ACS Director ACS Programs & Staff ACS Director Family Advocacy/EFMP Carmen Borrero Vincent DiMaira 718-630-4457 718-630-4460Army Emergency Relief Financial Readiness 718-630-4754 718-630-4754 Army Family Front Desk/Information Team Building John Mapes & Referral Magda Lawrence New to Ft. Hamilton? 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Attend Our Newcomer’s Orientation!Army Family Action Plan Lending Closet John Mapes 718-630-4498 Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4754 September 27, 2012 Army Volunteer Corps Joseph Gamez Relocation Readiness Madeline Pastorella 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 718-630-4756 718-630-4462Deployment Readiness Sexual Assault & ACS Conference Room Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4462 Victim Advocacy Vincent DiMaira Bldg. 137-C Poly Place, 1st Floor 718-630-4460Employment Readiness Followed by a complimentary lunch Joseph Gamez Survivor Outreach at the Fort Hamilton Community Club! 718-630-4756 Services 718-630-4754 Please Call to reserve your seat (718) 630-4754
  • 3. Army Family Action Plan AFAP…Voice of the Community!•Do you have a great idea?•Do you see something that needs to be changed?•Then heres your chance!The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) solicits input from Soldiersand Families. This process allows Soldiers and Families to expresstheir feelings in regards to Military life and how they are affected.AFAP seeks to find solutions and when appropriate, forwards issuesup the chain of command. If you have an idea which you believe would be beneficial please contact the AFAP Program Manager at 718-630-4498 or by email john.e.mapes2.civ@mail.mil Master Resiliency Training (MRT) Army Family Team Building Learn, Grow, Lead The AFTB mission is to educate and Join us as we continue the MRT series empower members of the military community to develop skills and of training. It’s not too late to join our behaviors that strengthens self-reliance, classes. Open to all Military, Family promote retention and enhance readiness. Members and DoD Civilians. AFTB strives to provide pro-active, Army Community Service Center forward thinking support for todays 137 C Poly Place, 1st Floor families and ensure the strength of tomorrows Army. Call 718 630-4498 or e-mail john.e.mapes2.civ@mail.mil For more information for more information. please call 718-630-4498
  • 4. The impact of adultsubstance abuse on childrenArticle from http://www.treatmentsolutions.com/effects-of-substance-abuse-on-children-in-the-family/Drug and alcohol abuse is a large problem for adults in irrational and unable to provide the care that a childour world today. But it is probably an even bigger needs. Families that suffer with substance abuse areproblem for the children of today who are being raised more at risk for domestic violence, mental illness,by alcoholics or drug users. These children have to divorce, and sexual and physical abuse than otherendure a family life that is often unpredictable and families. These issues are very detrimental and can leadchaotic, which can lead to many problems later in life. to children with depression, anxiety, and suicidalTo think that these children have their whole future thoughts. Children in these situations may be withdrawnahead of them should cause much concern about how and have trouble bonding with others. Often they feelthey are being raised today. that the problems of the family are their fault or that it is their job to conceal the problem, and this can lead to lowFamily Life self esteem, lack of desire to perform well in school, orMany parents that abuse drugs or alcohol will treat their fear of failure. It would be difficult for these children tofamilies differently on different days, depending on their make friends because of the fear that someone in thelevel of sobriety at the time. Often the mood swings and outside world will find out about their secret, or willchanges in parenting that these parents exhibit will witness the chaos firsthand.confuse the child or make them insecure. Inconsistentcare by a parent can lead to a child that either has to A vicious cyclegrow up quickly and assume adult responsibilities, or If a child is living with an alcoholic or drug user, theone that rebels and gives up trying to do well in school child is likely to develop a warped sense of normalor life. Children in these homes need to constantly be when it comes to using these substances. They mayprepared for a parent that is high or drunk, one that is know that their parent drinks too much, or does drugs, but over time, the child may not know what other FAMILY ADVOCACY families are like, or how many drinks a regular person is PROGRAM (FAP) expected to have in a day. Children of alcoholics are 4 times more likely to become alcoholics themselves, which leads these families into a cycle that is hard to break. Fathers drink to deal with stress in their life, and FAP is dedicated when their children get older, they have learned that the to Spousal & Child way to handle stress is to drink. Abuse Prevention, Dealing with the issue Education, The good news is that children of alcoholics and drug Prompt Reporting, abusers often develop an inner strength that helps them Investigation, & get through the tough times at home. With much love and encouragement from a sober parent, another Intervention relative, or even a social worker or teacher, these children can go on to live happy, successful lives. And To access the Family of course, the best scenario is if the addict in the family Advocacy Program, please receives treatment and overcomes the problem, and then contact Vincent DiMaira at the child can continue their life and work on a brighter 718-630-4460 future.
  • 5. Car Buying Tips Article from http://www.cars.com/go/advice/shopping/quickStart.jsp Financial Readiness Program offering a significantly lower amount than what you expect to pay.Prior to buying a new car, check your credit report Go to dealerships to price the vehicle you want -first. Go to one of the credit report agencies on never look at it and buy it the same day! This willline www.experian.com, www.equifax.com, or allow you to see what other dealers have to offer.www. transunion.com. If there are anydiscrepancies on your report, ensure you get them Negotiating the Interest Rate. Don’t be afraid tocorrected prior to obtaining financing for your jump back in your chair when you’re shown thenew vehicle. interest rate on your loan offer, even if you feel comfortable with it. Act like you’ve just seen aBe sure you have a realistic budget that includes snake. Tell them that the interest rate is muchthe ―new‖ car payment and insurance rates. It’s a higher than you would ever want to pay and if yougood idea to know in advance that you can afford want to go the extra mile, tell them that you almostthe monthly payments. feel insulted with a rate ―offer‖ that highCalculate the amount of loan you can obtain (i.e. If the vehicle checks out, set up a buyingwww.bankrate.com) as this will help you obtain a appointment with a time limit for the sale. If they―low monthly payment‖. can’t sell you the car in 30 minutes to an hour, consider walking off the lot!Research vehicles that are in your price range andbecome a ―subject matter expert‖ on thatparticular vehicle. Financial Readiness ProgramGet pre-approved financing at a credit union orbank. By arranging your financing approval first,you will have a significant advantage whenshopping for a car. The down payment amount,monthly payments and interest rates won’t be anunknown. You’ll know exactly how much car youcan afford, what your monthly payment limit isbased on your income, as well as have a good ideaof what model year and price range to be lookingfor.Important tip to remember. The first offer isALWAYS much higher than what the dealershipwill take. They’re just trying to raise yourexpectations of what you’ll have to pay. They For more informationwant you to negotiate down to retail price, so theirfirst offer is usually above retail price. You can Please call 718-630-4754over come this by lowering their expectations by
  • 6. PreventionSexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is defined asintentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, Losing a loved one is one of the most difficultphysical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim things anyone can go through. In itsdoes not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes: commitment to the Families of the Fallen, theRape - Sexual intercourse by force and without consent. United States Army has developed a comprehensive Survivor Outreach ServicesNonconsensual Sodomy - Oral or anal sex by force and (SOS) Program.without consent. The mission of the Survivor Outreach ServicesIndecent Assault - Unwanted, inappropriate sexual (SOS) is to provide long-term support tocontact or fondling. Families of our Fallen Soldiers by offering assistance with any concerns or issues,Carnal Knowledge - Sexual intercourse with a child providing information on services andunder age 16. programs, and connecting Families to outreach organizations both inside and outside theAttempts to commit these acts. Department of Defense.If you are a victim of a sexual assault, please contact theACS Assault Response Coordinator at 718-630-4460 or If you would like more information, please call347-452-4302 24/7. 718-630-4754 NEED TO TALK? Exceptional Family Military & Family Life Consultants Member Help with the Stress of Military Life Program (EFMP) EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services to Families with special needs. For any questions concerning the Exceptional Family Member Program, please contact Vincent DiMaira, Family Advocacy Program Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) Manager at 718-630-4460 are mental health specialist who provide confidential, short-term, non- To enroll your Family Member in EFMP, medical counseling to Military families. contact Nola Francois at Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point. To access MFLC services please call: Phone: 845-938-6881 (718) 757-9408
  • 7. We want YOU – our Transitioning U.S. MilitaryService Members, Veterans & Military Spouses to JOIN US Wednesday September 05, 2012 10:00am – 2:00pm Sports &Fitness Center 402 McArthur Road Brooklyn, NY 11252Free to Job Seekers  Meet with top companies to discuss career opportunities  Learn how to advance your career by meeting with top colleges and universities To Register and obtain a list of companies exhibiting at this Career Expo Visit: http://www.military.com/career-expo/2012-ft-hamilton-career-fair-2/ the largest online veteran job board and military community. For questions or concerns call Army Community Service at 718-630-4754
  • 8. Waiting Families Relocation ProgramHearts Apart Support Group eSponsorship Application & Training 3rd Saturday, Monthly Training Sponsors to Assist Relocating Service Members & Their Families Sponsorship Training Available on the following date: September 17, 2012Apple Picking & Hay Ride 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. September 15, 2012 ACS, Conference Room 10:00am to 4:00 pm Building 137C, 1st Floor Meet at ACS, Bldg. 137C, 1st Floor Please call to reserve your seat!! For more information contact Phone: 718-630-4462 Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4754/4462 Loan Closet Relocation Readiness Program Need to borrow something? Immigration & Naturalization Visit Our Lending ClosetDishes, pots, pans, & baby strollers, Assistance: sleeping mats, & more! Provided to Active Duty, Retirees, Service members on Title 10 Orders & Dependants This service offers information on Immigration and Naturalization policies, procedures and forms. Fort Hamilton Army Community Service Due to the high demand of this Relocation Readiness Program service, appointments are preferred. Bldg. 137C Poly Place, 1st Floor To schedule an appointment call 718-630-4462 (718) 630-4462
  • 9. Back to SchoolSafety tips for motoristsArticle form www.nsc.org/safetyInformation & ReferralSharing the road safely with school buses: School busesare one of the safest forms of transportation on the roadtoday. In fact, according to the National Highway TrafficSafety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at allsafer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road orthan walking to school. The reality of school bus safety is right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise greatthat more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who  Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at aare hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portionschool bus. For this reason, it is necessary to know the of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalkproper laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in aschool buses: dangerous situation. All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school  In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers arebus that is stopped to load or unload children. blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children.Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to  Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign,motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.or off the bus.  Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children noton undivided roadways when students are entering or only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgroundsexiting a school bus. and parks. While state laws vary on what is required on a divided  Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything toroadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have(traveling in the same direction) must stop. the legal right-of-way. The area 10 feet around a school bus is where childrenare in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enoughfrom the bus to allow children the necessary space to safelyenter and exit the bus. Army Volunteer Corps Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to Lend a hand….make a differenceor from their bus are usually very comfortable with their Meet New Peoplesurroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, Become Active in Your Communityignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the Gain New Job Skillsstreet. Feel Good About Yourself Enhance Job Opportunities Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and Gain Experiencecould have tragic consequences. NetworkSharing the road safely with child pedestrians: Alldrivers need to recognize the special safety needs ofpedestrians, especially those that are children. Young, TO REGISTER please callelderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most (718) 630-4756frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions.
  • 10. Conflict Resolution SkillsBuilding the Skills That Can Turn Conflictsinto Opportunitieshttp://www.helpguide.org/mental/eq8_conflict_resolution.htmEmployment Readiness ProgramConflict is a normal part of healthy relationships. Afterall, two people can’t be expected to agree on everythingat all times. Learning how to deal with conflict – ratherthan avoiding it – is crucial. When conflict ismismanaged, it harms the relationship, but whenhandled in a respectful, positive way, conflict providesan opportunity for growth, ultimately strengthening the conflicting need for safety and continuity to explore andbond between two people. By learning these skills for take risks. You frequently see this conflict betweenconflict resolution, you can keep your personal and toddlers and their parents. The child’s need is to explore, soprofessional relationships strong and growing. the street or the cliff meets a need. But the parents’ need is to protect the child’s safety, so limiting explorationUnderstanding conflict in relationships becomes a bone of contention between them.Conflict arises from differences. It occurs wheneverpeople disagree over their values, motivations, It is important to acknowledge that both parties’ needs playperceptions, ideas, or desires. Sometimes these important roles in the long-term success of mostdifferences look trivial, but when a conflict triggers relationships, and each deserves respect and consideration.strong feelings, a deep personal need is at the core of the In personal relationships, a lack of understanding aboutproblem, such as a need to feel safe and secure, a need differing needs can result in distance, arguments, andto feel respected and valued, or a need for greater break-ups. In workplace conflicts, differing needs are oftencloseness and intimacy. at the heart of bitter disputes.Conflicts arise from differing needs When you can recognize the legitimacy of conflictingEveryone needs to feel understood, nurtured, and needs and become willing to examine them in ansupported, but the ways in which these needs are met environment of compassionate understanding, it opensvary widely. Differing needs for feeling comfortable and pathways to creative problem solving, team building, andsafe create some of the most severe challenges in our improved relationships. For entire article visit:personal and professional relationships. Think about the www.helpguide.org/mental/eq8_conflict_resolution.htm Healthy and unhealthy ways of managing and resolving conflict Unhealthy responses to conflict: Healthy responses to conflict: An inability to recognize and respond to the things The capacity to recognize and respond to the that matter to the other person things that matter to the other person Explosive, angry, hurtful, and resentful reactions Calm, non-defensive, and respectful reactions The withdrawal of love, resulting in rejection, A readiness to forgive and forget, and to move past isolation, shaming, and fear of abandonment the conflict without holding resentments or anger An inability to compromise or see the other person’s The ability to seek compromise and avoid side punishing The fear and avoidance of conflict; the expectation of A belief that facing conflict head is the best thing bad outcomes for both sides
  • 11. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 Labor Day ACS HOURS Career Expo ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS Closed 0800-1630 1000-1400 0800-1630 0800-1630 Computer Lab Sports & Fitness Computer Lab Computer Lab 0800-1600 Center Bldg. 402 0800-1600 0800-16009 10 11 12 13 14 15 ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS Waiting Families 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 Apple Picking Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab 1000-1600 Meet 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 @ ACS Conf. Rm.16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-160023 24 25 26 27 28 29 ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS Newcomer’s ACS HOURS 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 0830-1130 0800-1630 Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab ACS Conf Rm. Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-160030