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  1. 1. Family June 2012 TimesWays to Be a Great Dad TodayArticle from www.fatherhood.orgBeing a great dad doesnt have to be difficult. Five thingsyou can do today:1. Look at your children and call out their best. Be yourkids biggest fan. Your children are waiting for you to callout their best. They are waiting for you to give them praiseand affirmation. Call out what they did right in their choicesand actions. Call out what you like best about them. Call outthe fact that you love them deeply.2. Love your children by touching them gently and Its getting to that part of summer when your kids start whining,speaking to them softly. There is nothing so powerful as a "Daaaaaad, Im bored." Keep your kids - and yourself - entertainedfather‘s touch. A soft and gentle touch - a hug, a kiss on the with these fun ideas that are guaranteed to bust summer boredom.head - can make a child feel safe and secure. Get Wet. You dont need a pool in your backyard to cool off. Slip3. Listen to what your children are saying and to what n Slides are fairly low in cost and easy to set up. Or, make yourthey are not saying. Spend time listening to your children own (just be sure to supervise all Slip n Sliding very closely).talk about their day. Ask them questions and listen to what Looking for another way to cool off? Simply wash the car. Yourthey are not saying. Listening will only take a few minutes, kids can wash the bottom half while you get the top - have a sudsbut the impact will last a lifetime. fight while youre at it!4. Leave a legacy by giving your children a memory. Try Something New. Learning something new is a great way toMake a plan to do something simple but something that your keep your kids brains active during the summer. Pick up a newchildren can always remember. Read the same story each sport or hobby as a family - like basketball, baseball, golfing,night for a month, play a certain game each week, fix the fishing, or boating. In summer, the possibilities are endless.same dinner or breakfast every Saturday. Look for Community Events. Many communities offer special5. Laugh with your children. Allow your children to find summertime events. Check with your local community website orthe joy in life that comes with innocence. Then laugh with municipal center for outdoor movies, food and cultural festivals,your children in these moments and find the deepest joy that fairs, and farmers markets.is known in the heart of a parent. Take a Day Trip. Visit a nearby historical town or spend a day at aIf you take the time to love, laugh, look, listen, and leave a local museum or science center. Chances are, there are locallegacy, you will find connect with your kids and be the dad treasures that your family hasnt explored, no matter how longthey need and want you to be. youve lived in the neighborhood. Let your kids pick the attractions In This Issue and help plan the trip. Director‘s Corner………………..……..……...2 Think Big. Give older kids more involved projects that will last Newcomers‘.....………………………….....….2 throughout the remainder of the summer. Your son can help you ACS Directory...…….………………………...2 remodel a room or maybe your daughter can pick out flowers for AFAP/AFTB/MRT……...…...……..…………3 your new landscaping plans. Observe your childrens natural FAP…………...…..…………………………...4 interests/talents and let them help accordingly. This will teach kids FRP………..…....……………………..............5 responsibility and planning and will give them a sense of Safety……...……...……...................................6 accomplishment. EFMP/SOS/MFLC.………………...................7 AVC/ERP………...…………………...............8 So, next time you start to hear "Im bored" take one of the above ideas - or come up with your own - and run with it! Youll have fun, Relo/Mob/Dep….…………………..................9 create memories, and keep boredom at bay. Calendar..…………………………………….10
  2. 2. Director’s Corner I would like to take this time, to thank everybody who participated in 2012 AER Campaign and help make it a success! ACS exceeded its goal by $1,788.00, to date donations totaled $21,788.00. We could not have done it without your support! ACS offers effective programs and services to meet the needs of our community during challenging times. The ACS team is dedicated to improving the quality of life of every Service Member, Retiree, and Family Member (all branches of service). We are committed to providing you with quality service. ACS is your one stop service center. One team, one fight, Army Community Service! Happy Father’s Day to all our Service Members! Carmen E. Borrero, ACS Director ACS PROGRAMS & STAFF ACS Director Family Advocacy 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 & Referral John Mapes Magda Lawrence New to Ft. Hamilton? 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Would you like to learn moreArmy Family Action Plan Lending Closet John Mapes Madeline Pastorella about your new community? 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Army Volunteer Corps Joseph Gamez Relocation Readiness Come Attend Our Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4756 718-630-4462 Newcomer‘s Orientation!Deployment Readiness Sexual Assault & Madeline Pastorella Victim Advocacy 718-630-4462 Vincent DiMaira 718-630-4460 June 28, 2012Employment Readiness Joseph Gamez Survivor Beginning at 8:30 a.m. 718-630-4756 Outreach Services 718-630-4754 Exceptional Family Held at the ACS Conference Room Member Program Vincent DiMaira Bldg. 137-C Poly Place, 1st Floor 718-630-4460 Call Maddy to Reserve Your Seat (718) 630-4754
  3. 3. Army Family Army Family Action Plan Team Building AFTB is a family training and readiness program that provides participants with an Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) understanding of Army culture and the skills Is a program designed to give Soldiers, and resources they need to become self- Family members, retirees, DoD civilians, reliant, self-sufficient members of the military and teens an opportunity to voice their community. AFTB helps members of the concerns and suggestions on how to Army Family adapt to Army life, manage improve life and living conditions for all change and embrace challenges. members of the Fort Hamilton Family. To inquire about AFAP classes, please 19 June 2012 at 1100 – 1230pm contact John Mapes @ 718-630-4498 27 June 2012 at 830-1630pm For more information contact: AFAP…Voice of the Army Family John Mapes at 718-630-4498 Army Family Action Plan Bldg. 137C, Poly Place Phone: (718) 630-4498 Program Manager, John Mapes Resiliency Training helps Families plan for changes!26 June 2012 1300-1400 hrs @ ACS Bldg. 137C•Build or enhance self-awareness•Optimism•Self-regulation•Identify character strengths•Increase team building skills•Assertive communicationTo sign up for Master Resiliency Training, please contact:John Mapes at 718-630-4498
  4. 4. What are the four forms ofchild abuseArticle from www.childwelfare.gov/Family Advocacy ProgramBy becoming familiar with the different forms or types ofchild abuse, it can help an abused child or even save his orher life. The four types of child abuse are Emotional (E),Sexual (S), Physical (P), and Neglect (N).E is for emotional abuse. This form of abuse makes thechild feel as though he or she is unloved or unwanted. The abuse include unexplained, repeated, or excessive bruises;child is often put down, insulted, belittled, ostracized, and/or broken bones; black eyes; and other injuries. Physically abusedignored. Children who suffer from this type of abuse often children may have long or frequent absences from school.exhibit emotional signs such as non-attachment to the These children may also wear clothing inappropriate for theparent, they may display extreme ―child like‖ behavior, or weather in an attempt to cover up injuries, and they may alsothey may show a high level of maturity. be afraid to go home or to be alone with their parent.S is for sexual abuse. This form of abuse involves sexual N is for neglect. This abuse occurs when a parent fails toacts or behaviors involving the exploitation of children such provide for a childs most basic needs such as food, clothing,as fondling, penile penetration, genital contact, oral sex, housing, education, medical care, or supervision. Emotionaland/or indecent exposure. Incidents involving incest, sexual neglect can include allowing the child to use drugs or alcohol;behavior among Family Members, are a common type of allowing the child to participate in any other inappropriate orsexual abuse. Children who suffer from sexual abuse may dangerous behavior; allowing the child to witness domesticshow symptoms such as difficulty walking or sitting, torn or violence; refusing to obtain needed psychological care for thebloody underwear, nightmares, bedwetting, inappropriate child; and failing to provide the necessary nurturing for theknowledge of sex or sexual behaviors, or anxiety. Sexually child. The child may be frequently absent from school, mayabused children are also at a much higher risk of contracting have poor hygiene or clothing that is inappropriate for thea sexually transmitted disease (STD) or getting pregnant. weather, or may beg or steal food or money. There may also beChildren who have been sexually abused are more likely to an obvious need for dental or medical care that is goingabuse alcohol, develop a drug addiction, or become an unchecked. The child may also be unsupervised for longabuser themselves. periods of time or frequently getting into trouble.P is for physical. This type of abuse happens when the Having knowledge of the four forms of child abuse will helpparent or caretaker causes physical injury to the child by you identify abuse so that you will know when it is necessaryhitting, choking, shaking, kicking, or burning. The abuse to contact the appropriate authorities. If you suspect someonemay result from physical discipline, which is not appropriate might be a victim of child abuse, report it immediately to thefor the child, or from a parent who is unable to control his or local law enforcement agency or Department of Family andher anger and misdirects it towards the child. Children who Children Services. You can also report child abuse on post tolive in homes where punishment is often physical may not Directorate of Emergency Services DES 718-630-4456 oralways realize that they are being abused. Signs of physical New York City Administration for Children Services NYCACS.Family Advocacy ProgramDedicated to Spousal & Child AbusePrevention, Education, Prompt Reporting,Investigation, & InterventionTo access the Family Advocacy Program, pleasecontact Vincent DiMaira at 718-630-4460
  5. 5. Studies Reveal the Cure for Financial Stress Financial Readiness Program Article from www.sacbee.com Its no secret that financial The heart attack rate of those with high debt-stress was education is a good thing, double that of those with low debt stress. especially in the current economy. What is not Sixty-five percent more people with high debt-stress sufferedcommon knowledge, however, is that financial education can from muscle tension or lower back pain than those with lowimprove a persons physical health in addition to their debt-stress.financial health. Research shows that financial Education programs can helpA recent study by the American Psychological Association Build confidence by shaping new attitudes and behaviorsfound that money was respondents leading source of stress. toward money. In fact, a recent TIAA-CREF Institute studyAnd, an Associated Press/AOL, poll comparing those with found that people with a high degree of financial literacy arehigh debt-stress with those who had low debt-stress, found more likely to plan for retirement, and people who plan forthe following: retirement have more than double the wealth of people who dont. And, according to MetLifes Tenth Annual Study ofTwenty-seven percent with high debt stress had ulcers or Employee Benefits Trends, consumers who attend financialdigestive tract problems, compared with eight percent with education training programs are 25 percent more likely to feellow debt-stress. in control of their finances compared to those with no financial education or training.Forty-four percent with high debt-stress had headaches ormigraines, compared with four percent with low debt-stress. Dont let financial concerns burden you any longer! Learn how to take control of your finances and build a healthy financialTwenty-three percent with high debt stress felt they were future. Visit, MoneyManagement.org to find a local financialsuffering from depression, compared with four percent with education workshop in your area, or register for a free financiallow debt-stress. webinar today! Source: Money Management International. About Money Management International Through various financial education services, Money Management International (MMI) provides you with budgeting techniques and principles required to successfully manage money and use credit wisely. Our educational programs extend beyond immediate credit problems to help you improve your knowledge of personal finances. MMI is dedicated to helping you maintain the skills you need for long-term financial success. We believe this type of education strengthens communities, offers individuals and families a greater chance of success, and positively impacts the workplace. Our financial education department offers a variety of curricula and custom workshops on topics related to budgeting, credit education, credit fraud, identity theft and first-time homebuyer education. Monthly seminars are offered at convenient locations in many local communities. We also offer private workshops, customized to meet the needs of our audience, whether it is a social service provider, employer, church, school, or other community- based organization. In addition to education workshops, we For more information also offer online services including financial tools, articles, a finance Q&A section, and pre-recorded webcasts on money and credit topics. Visit CreditEducation.org for more Please call 718-630-4754 information about MMI‘s educational services.
  6. 6. Safe and FunVacationsArticle from www.safety.army.milInformation & ReferralWhat better time of the year is there for taking vacations than Thirstysummer? The days are long, the temperatures are warm and Think twice about slaking that desire with soda or otherthe urge to get away — whether it‘s for sightseeing or visiting caffeinated drinks, energy shots or adult beverages. Whilefriends and Family — is too hard to resist. But before you they may be refreshing at the moment, they‘re diuretics thathead out, remember safety! actually remove what your body needs most — water. You‘ve heard, ―What goes in must come out.‖ WithVehicle maintenance hydration, it‘s the other way around: What comes out (sweat)You may be ready to hit the road, but what about your must be replaced by what goes in (water). The USAPHCvehicle? Have you checked the tires for proper air pressure recommends you drink at least eight to 10 cups of water perand wear? What about checking that spare to make sure it‘s day, 10 to 12 if you‘re really having fun in the sun.properly inflated? And then there are your fluid levels. Lowengine oil, brake and transmission fluid or coolant can strand Wet and wildyou beside the road short of your destination. If you‘re a Water and watercraft are another fun mix during summerSoldier, make sure your vehicle has passed a unit safety vacations. However, boozing and boating can leave youinspection. If you‘re not a mechanic, be sure to visit your floating, or maybe dead. Because there are no marked lanesfavorite garage for a good pre-travel check. After all, it‘s or stoplight-controlled intersections, boating puts you in thebetter your car starts the trip with a quick visit to the garage center of 360 degrees of danger. Can you afford to be lessthan ends up with a long, expensive stay in one. Also, getting than fully alert? Also, while it‘s great to be in the water, it‘swhere you‘re going is like practicing marksmanship; you‘re not so wonderful when the water is inside you. Never go outonly as good as your aim. Be sure to complete a TRiPS on the water without wearing a properly fitted, Coast Guard-assessment at https://safety.army.mil/trips to hit the mark for approved personal flotation device, otherwise known as a lifesafety. jacket. Should you not know how to swim, land unconscious in the water or become fatigued trying to swim to safety, yourSight seeing life depends on that jacket.Enjoying your ―eyeball tour‖ of the great mesas out west orthe beautiful mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Just While you‘re filling up your vacation with fun, don‘t forget toremember, you tend to go where you look. If you‘re driving add a little composite risk management. Keep an eye out foron a mountain road gawking at a beautiful valley below, you hazards and assess them, then come up with a plan to staymay get there sooner than you think. Take advantage of safe and use it. The last part, supervise and evaluate, is whatscenic pullouts to gaze at the scenery and take pictures. It‘s you do when you come home, rest in your easy chair andbetter to pull off the road where it‘s safe than run off the road remember what a good and safe time you had. After all,where it isn‘t. coming home alive is part of the plan!Some like it hotWhat would summer be without the sun? Nice, toasty rays to ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICEtan the skin and warm the spirits. Still, today‘s tan can turninto tomorrow‘s cancer. The folks at the U.S. Army Public 137-C POLY PLACE, 1st FloorHealth Command advise sunbathers to apply sunscreen with a FORT HAMILTONsun protection factor of at least 30 a good 15 minutes beforeheading out into the sun. Make sure you apply it everywhereit‘s needed, including the face, lips, hands, arms, shoulders, We’re on Face Bookears, back of neck, under the chin and top of the head. Also,unless you want to end up looking like burnt toast, avoid PHONE: 718.630.4754getting your daily dose of sunshine between 10 a.m. and 4p.m. MON-FRI 0800-1630
  7. 7. PreventionSexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is defined asintentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force,physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult thingsdoes not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes: anyone can go through. In its commitment to the Families of the Fallen, the United States Army has developed aRape - Sexual intercourse by force and without consent. comprehensive Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)Nonconsensual Sodomy - Oral or anal sex by force and Program.without consent. The mission of the Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is toIndecent Assault - Unwanted, inappropriate sexual provide long-term support to Families of our Fallencontact or fondling. Soldiers by offering assistance with any concerns or issues,Carnal Knowledge - Sexual intercourse with a child providing information on services and programs, andunder age 16. connecting Families to outreach organizations both insideAttempts to commit these acts. and outside the Department of Defense.If you are a victim of a sexual assault, please contact the If you would like more information, please callACS Assault Response Coordinator at 718-630-4460 or 718-630-4754347-452-4302 24/7. Military & Family Life Consultant Exceptional Family NEED TO TALK? Member ProgramMilitary & Family Life ConsultantsHelp with the Stress of Military Life The Exceptional Family Member Program(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 Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) Family Member Program, please contact Vincent DiMaira, Family Advocacy Program Manager at are mental health specialist who 718-630-4460 provide confidential, short-term, non- medical counseling to Military Families. To enroll your Family Member in EFMP, contact Nola Francois at Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point. 845-938-6881 To access MFLC services please call: (718) 757-9408
  8. 8. Workplace stress at all-time highArticle from www.eastvalleytribune.comEmployment Readiness ProgramIncreased responsibilities, job insecurities and economicworries are driving more employees to high stress levels,according surveys done in the last decade. Given that sevenout of 10 Americans reported to American Psychological including mental health needs. ―The economy is starting toAssociation that their workplace has put cuts, furloughs and improve some. People are starting to feel more stable. Butwage freezes in place in the last year — fear and stress may there is some resistance, especially around the mental healthbe at an all-time high. But because of that fear of job loss, care. People don‘t want (employers) to know what they‘re infewer workers are taking the time to care for themselves, for.‖local health officials said, even when the stress levels areleading to anxiety and depression. Some local companies, hoping to stop stress before it gets to unhealthy levels, are making efforts to improve the workplaceChip Coffey, director of therapy services for St. Luke‘s with afternoons off for employee outings or massages. SomeBehavioral Health, said he‘s seeing an increase in the number even have company dogs. Tempe-based public relations firmof people coming in for treatment, but they don‘t stay for Zion and Zion closed down its offices late Wednesdaylong. ―More and more people are coming here for treatment,‖ afternoon to take its 30 employees bowling to mark a fewhe said. ―But they‘re wanting to not do extensive outpatient birthdays, said Ashley Oakes, account executive.treatment or partial hospitalization because they‘re so stressedto get back to work right away because they‘re worried The company, whose clients come from a variety of sectorsthey‘ll be replaced or fired.‖ including home improvement, technology, solar, business-to- business and more, brings in a massage therapist about every Compounded by the stress, depression may set in. And, other month, Oakes said. And when she needs a break, Oakesaccording to the Journal of American Medical Association, walks out of her office and into the main area to play fetchdepression costs $44 billion in lost productivity every year in with Jabhar, the company dog, who arrives with owners AricAmerica, making it the single-most expensive ailment for and DuGué Zion every day. ―Both owners came from Fortuneemployers. And men are seriously seeing issues, according to 500 companies. Aric and DuGué feel it‘s a way to give backthe Family and Work Institute. Its 2011 study found that job to their employees. An agency life is a stressful environment.demands and longer work hours are creating more ―work- It helps everyone clear their minds, feel better and relax,‖family conflict‖ for men, especially in those from dual- Oakes said of the company efforts to reduce stress.income families. Coffey said the fears about employment Taking breaks and finding joy are good stress releasers, St.status are leading workers to put their workplace ahead of Luke‘s Coffey said. Besides taking breaks, workers shouldtheir health. prioritize tasks, recognize when they have too much to accomplish and note their mental status.―Even my PCP (primary care physician) said a year ago hehad people he wanted to go in for cardiac issues but they said, ―I work with my staff all the time, just on their own practice‗Not if I have to take a day off work,‘‖ Coffey said. ―I don‘t of mindfulness, learning to calm themselves down,‖ he said.see that it‘s been justified. I‘ve not had reports back of peoplebeing fired for taking time off for true medical needs, Army Volunteer Corps Employment Readiness Program Lend a hand….make a difference Meet New People Become Active in Your Community Job Search Assistance Gain New Job Skills Resume Development Feel Good About Yourself Career Planning Enhance Job Opportunities Vacancy Listings Gain Experience Job Search Training Network Computer & Internet Access Volunteer Today! To Schedule an appointment, please call TO REGISTER please call (718) 630-4756 Joseph Gamez at (718) 630-4756
  9. 9. Waiting Families Relocation Program eSponsorship Application & Training Spouses Support Group 3rd Saturday, Monthly Training Sponsors to Assist Relocating Service Members & Their Families Sponsorship Training Available on the following dates: June 20, 2012 September 17, 2012 Pizza Social at Pizzeria Uno Location ACS, Bldg. 137 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, June 16th 1300 – 1400 hrs. Meet at ACS, Bldg. 137C, 1st Floor Please call to reserve your seat!! For more information contact Phone: 718-630-4754 Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4754/4462 Loan Closet Mobilization & Deployment Need to borrow something? Visit our Lending Closet Dishes, pots, pans, & babystrollers, sleeping mats, & more! Provided to Active Duty, eligible reservists, retirees & Family Members. This service offers information on Immigration and Naturalization policies, procedures and forms. Due to the high demand of this Fort Hamilton service, appointments are preferred. Army Community Service To schedule an appointment call Relocation Readiness Program (718) 630-4462/4754. Bldg. 137C Poly Place 718-630-4754
  10. 10. June 2012 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 ACS HOURS 0800-1630 Computer Lab 0800-16003 4 5 6 7 8 9 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 0800-160010 11 12 13 14 15 16 ACS HOURS AFTB Training ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS Wait Families 0800-1630 1100-1230 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 Uno Pizzeria Computer Lab ACS Conf Rm. Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab 1300-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 Meet at ACS Conf . Rm.17 18 19 20 21 22 23Father’s Day! ACS HOURS AFTB Grp. Conflict Sponsor ship Train. ACS HOURS ACS HOURS 0800-1630 1100-1230 1300-1400 0800-1630 0800-1630 Computer Lab ACS Conf Rm. ACS Conf. Rm. Computer Lab Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-160024 25 26 27 28 29 30 Master Resiliency AFTB –Enlisted Newcomer’s Training Spouses Training 0830-1130 1300-1400 1830-1630 ACS Conf Rm. ACS Conf. Rm. ACS Conf Rm.