Army Community Services
Army Community Service
The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Army Community Service (ACS) program provides the Army community real-life solutions to enhance quality of life. ACS provides training classes, one-on-one counseling, support groups and family advocacy to active duty, retirees, Reserve, and National Guard and their family members.
Army Community Service’s various community-based services foster growth, development and readiness of Soldiers and families assigned to the installation during peacetime and at war.
ACS assists commanders in maintaining the readiness of Soldiers, families and the community by developing, coordinating and delivering services to promote self-reliance, resiliency and stability. We equip people with the skills and support they need to face challenges of military life today as well as tomorrow through our following programs:
Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) provides a way for the Soldiers, family members, retirees and civilian employees to let the Army leadership know what works and what doesn’t, and what they think will fix it. Issues can be submitted by opening the Fort Stewart home page and clicking on the AFAP icon or going to the Fort Stewart ACS home page and clicking on AFAP. All issues are forwarded anonymously to ACS.
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a training and readiness program that provides participants with an understanding of Army culture and the skills and resources they need to become self-reliant, self-sufficient members of the military community. Classes are available online at www.myarmyonesource.com. Click on Family Programs and select AFTB to begin online training.
Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) works to promote and strengthen volunteerism by uniting community volunteer efforts, supporting professional management, enhancing volunteer career mobility and establishing partnerships to support personal growth and life-long volunteer commitment. (The Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield AVC is located at the Hunter Army Airfield Soldier and Family Service Center, Building 1286.) For additional information, please call 912-767-1257 or 912-315-7144.
Employment Readiness Program (ERP) assists families with the challenges associated with the job search, particularly as they are impacted by the military’s mobile lifestyle. ERP can help family members get an edge in a competitive job market. Get specific information on resume writing, job search assistance and interviewing. Visit www.erp1stop.com to get access to many helpful websites and tools to be successful in reaching your employment goals.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, education, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. The program consist of two components: the medical EFMP office located in the Winn Army Community Hospital — responsible for EFMP enrollments, updates, disenrollment and overseas assignment screenings; and the ACS EFMP — staffed to connect families to resources/services, to advocate for families at schools and other facilities, to educate, refer and inform community members, and assist in resolving problems.
Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is committed to strong Army families, and the prevention and treatment of family violence. Its coordinated efforts are designed to prevent and intervene in cases of family distress, and to promote healthy family life. The FAP installation victim advocate is on-call 24 hours a day to provide advocacy and support for domestic violence and sexual assault victims (active duty or civilian).
New Parent Support Program (NSPS)
consists of licensed professionals providing supportive and caring services to military families with children from birth to
Financial Readiness Program offers a wide range of services to assist Soldiers and their families with their financial affairs. Emphasis is placed upon the training portion of the program designed to educate Soldier and spouses in money management, proper use of credit, financial planning, deployment, transition and relocation, insurance, and bank account and debit card/checking account principles. Financial Readiness’ goal is to help families prevent financial difficulties before they arise. Also included in this service is the debt liquidation program, designed to help Soldiers arrange a payment plan to pay off their debts, so clients are able to gain stable, manageable financial positions.
Financial Readiness counselors are available to help your soldiers and their spouses:
Prepare financially for married life.
Learn about savings and investment (IRA, 529 IRA, TSP).
Purchase the right types and amount of insurance.
Overcome the financial setbacks of divorce.
Survive the financial challenges of moving.
Financial Readiness also includes a consumer affairs program designed to educate Soldiers and their families on their rights as consumers to make sound decision. We offer classes and information to assist Soldiers and family members:
Avoid scams and rip-offs.
Free FICO score and read and understand their credit report.
Gain informed homebuyers/make smart automobile purchases.
Qualification screening for Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA; nontaxable program designed to increase service member’s Basic Allowance for Subsistence. Eligibility is based on household size, total income).
Army Emergency Relief provides financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans or grants to families of active-duty military, retirees, their families, widows and orphans whose resources are not sufficient to meet emergency needs. AER may provide emergency financial assistance for the following conditions, subject to approval: initial rental deposit, prevent eviction, prevent utilities cutoff, food to prevent privation, emergency repair of essential POV, emergency, critical medical/dental expenses, funeral expenses, critical emergency travel, fire or disaster, theft or loss of funds, nonreceipt of pay and emergency shelter.
Information & Referral (I&R) provides information to Soldiers, family members and civilians regarding both military and civilian agencies available. I&R also refers clients to the appropriate agencies by providing contact information such as phone numbers, address, point of contact and hours of operation.
Mobilization & Deployment Program provides support to Soldiers and families during all phases of the deployment cycle, trains commanders/first sergeants and spouses on Family Readiness Group operations, and activates the Family Assistance Center in case of emergency.
Relocation Readiness Program offers useful information and classes to help answer the questions clients may have about their new home and provide information for their next duty station. Workshops, counseling and support focus on pre-move planning, moving and settling into a new community. The Lending Closest provides basic household goods and items while waiting for personal property to arrive or use prior to their departure.
Soldiers & Family Assistance (SFAC) provides guidance, assistance, information and referral, linkage to health care, employment and education services, and other support agencies to facilitate the Wounded Soldier’s rapid recovery. SFAC is located at 1145 Niles Ave., Building 4973; telephone number is 912-435-9646.
Survival Outreach Service (SOS): The Army, in its dedication to providing support services to its surviving families, created SOS and welcomes families of the fallen to be a part of the Army family for as long as they desire. SOS connects survivors with local support services that include but are not limited to grief counseling, financial counseling, benefits coordination, support groups, and garrison and surrounding area events. SOS is located at SFAC, 1145 Niles Ave., Building 4973; telephone number is 912-435-9761.
Resiliency Training for family members, couples and DA civilian: Army Community Service has certified MRT instructors who instruct this training for our community. This training is changing the culture of the Army. Bounce back through self-awareness. Enhance your ability to handle your emotions, understand your family and know yourself. Learn how to hunt the good stuff each day and why that is so important.
The Fort Stewart ACS is located at 201 Lindquist Road (buildings 81, 82, 86 and 87). Hunter Army Airfield ACS is located at 171 Haley Ave., Building 1286. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 912-767-5058 (Stewart) or 912-315-6816 (Hunter).
Military & Family Life Counselors
The Military and Family Life Counselors work directly with Army Community Service (ACS) to provide nonmedical, short-term, situational, problem-solving counseling services. The MFLC program addresses concerns and issues facing people who are having trouble coping with everyday issues, as well as challenges with the military lifestyle.
This program helps Soldiers and their families cope with normal reactions to the stressful events created by deployments, war and reintegration. The MFLCs are master’s or Ph.D. level licensed clinical counselors who offer confidential and free-of-charge services to individuals, couples, families and groups at locations on or off post. The Fort Stewart MFLC office is located at 944 Wilson Ave., Building 620, Room 111.
The Stewart MFLCs phone numbers
Main Number/Duty Phone… 912-432-8980
1st Brigade 912-318-9284 or 912-531-8270
2nd Brigade 912-318-9281 or 912-656-4246
3rd Sustainment Brigade:
…………. 912-318-9282 or 912-675-4264
4th Brigade912-318-9283 or 912-675-4260
385th MP BN/188th IN BN.. 912-675-4271
92nd EN BN……………….. 912-675-4257
NCO Academy…………….. 912-675-4269
If your unit is not listed above, please call the MFLC Duty Phone at 912-432-8980 or Army Community Service at 912-767-5058 for additional information.
The Hunter Army Airfield Adult Program telephone numbers are: 912-675-4255, 912-
675-4266, 912-675-4243, 912-675-4270.
The Hunter Army Airfield Child & Youth Behavioral Program MFLC phone number is 912-675-4255.
The Hunter Army Airfield Child & Youth Behavioral Schools Program MFLC phone number is 912-433-2355.
The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Child & Youth Behavioral Program, a component of Military & Family Life Counselors (CYB-MFLC), is readily available to help children and youth deal with everyday life issues and the dynamics of reintegration both in Child Development Centers, Youth Centers, and on- and off-post schools.
CYB-MFLCs are master’s or Ph.D. level, licensed professionals that provide support to military children and youth, and to the family members and other adults who support them. The services CYB provide are free and anonymous except when there is a duty-to-warn situation. Counselors can meet clients at post locations including Child Development Centers, youth programs, Department of Defense schools and more. Additionally, meetings off post can be arranged. Appointments can be made as group sessions or individual meetings. After-hours and weekend appointments are also available for the convenience of the child/parent. To contact the Fort Stewart Child & Youth Behavioral Program, call 912-
675-4244, 912-675-4241 or 912-675-4245.
Department of the Army civilians can also utilized some of the ACS services.