Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.
The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the armed forces, veterans and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.
Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This essential Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.
Armed Services YMCA
The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Y’s and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.
It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and be able to adjust and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.
Signature programs include Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.
Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for parents regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.
Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff: deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood and retirement. Browse by topic or search for that specific question you have. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you’ll always be in the loop.
Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help, and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.
Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.
Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.
United Service Organization
Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families; Comfort Crew for Military Kids; Operation That’s My Dress; United Through Reading; Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery; and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.
The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.
Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.
Washington State Department of Early Learning
1110 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501 360-725-4665
The Washington State Department of Early Learning helps create safe, healthy and nurturing learning experiences for children in the state. The department offers information on resources available for early childhood educators, parents and others who work with young children. The department is also responsible for licensing child care centers and family home child care providers in Washington. The department’s website has Child Care Check, which offers basic information about a child care provider’s licensing history.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
P.O. Box 45131
Olympia, WA 98504 360-902-7878
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services provides a number of support services for children, adults and seniors. The department’s services aim to decrease poverty, improve safety and health, and increase success in employment and education. Available services include help with food, cash assistance, child care, addiction treatments, medical insurance for children, child support and more.
Spokane Department of Child and Family Services
1313 N. Atlantic St., Suite 2000
Spokane, WA 99201 509-363-3550
The department is the public child welfare agency in Washington. The staff works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support them and assure their safety and well-being. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement and ensure safety and permanency for children in out-of-home care.