Family and MWR Hawaii is a valuable resource guide to family services for the soldiers, family members, retirees and DOD civilians stationed with the Army in Hawaii.
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Army Community Service
ACS is an Army-wide activity designed to assist personnel and family members with relocation and other quality-of-life concerns. A full-time professional staff and volunteer corps provide information, referrals, guidance and resources. The Schofield Barracks ACS is across the street from the Richardson Pool in Building 2091, Kolekole Avenue.
Programs include family advocacy; employment readiness; the Exceptional Family Member Program; mobilization, deployment and support stability operations; new parent support; relocation readiness; a Soldier and Family Assistance Center; and more.
For assistance or information on any of the following services, call the Schofield Barracks ACS at 808-655-4227 or visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/acs-welcome.
Army Family Action Plan: The AFAP is your platform to voice quality-of-life issues and provide feedback, ideas and suggestions. It’s the best way to let Army leadership know about what works, what doesn’t and how you think problems can be resolved.
Army Family Team Building: AFTB is a family resiliency and readiness training 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.
Army Volunteer Program: This program is designed to help you find local volunteering opportunities with organizations that benefit the Army community.
Employment Readiness Program: ERP offers resources to help you with your career plan and job search.
Exceptional Family Member Program: EFMP provides comprehensive support to family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing and personnel services to help soldiers and their families with special needs.
Family Advocacy Program: FAP helps soldiers and their families recognize and prepare for the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Services include seminars, workshops, counseling and intervention to help strengthen the relationships of Army families.
Mobilization, Deployment and Support Stability Operations: This program helps support community readiness during deployments and emergencies.
New Parent Support Program: Services including home visits, support groups and parenting classes.
Relocation Readiness Program: This program has a comprehensive support system, information and resources to help you and your family navigate your next military move.
Soldier and Family Assistance Center: SFAC is a one-stop location built to equip and aid wounded, ill and injured soldiers who are assigned or attached to Warrior Transition Units.
Survivor Outreach Services: SOS offers the families of fallen soldiers access to support, information and services. Services are offered closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.
Unit Services Coordinator: This program assists commanders and rear-detachment commanders with meeting the needs of their soldiers and families.
Victim Advocacy Program: VAP provides emergency and follow-up support services to adult victims of domestic abuse.
Blue Star Card Program
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Deployed Military/Civilian Spouse or Guardian’s Blue Star Card Program is a DFMWR discount and activity card for spouses or guardians of children of soldiers and DOD civilians who are currently on a six-month or more deployment, extended overseas TDY or an unaccompanied PCS assignment.
For more information on the Blue Star Card program, call 808-655-0111.
Child Care Programs
Child Development Center: The CDC delivery system offers full-day and part-day care in six facilities at Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation and Aliamanu Military Reservation housing areas. The CDCs are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Child care fees are based on total family income.
The CDCs offer full-time, part-time and hourly child care service options. The CDCs are open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on registration requirements, eligibility and waiting lists, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/register-parent-central-services.
Family Child Care: This program is a professionally managed network of individuals who provide child care in their government quarters. Military family members who become child care providers receive formal training and must comply with established standards. Certified homes are monitored regularly by FCC, safety, fire safety and health staff.
FCC homes offer flexible hours and a wide range of services for children. This service is convenient for the shift workers and for parents of young children who prefer a home atmosphere for child care.
School Age Center: Provides year-round child care options for school-age children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Options include before- and after-school care and fall, winter, spring and summer day camps. The school-age programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and have partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
The SACs are at Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation, Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation. A monthly fee is required to participate. Fees are based on total family income.
The Staff Judge Advocate’s area offices serve all Army personnel and their families assigned to units and organizations in Hawaii. The Schofield Barracks legal assistance and claims offices are in Building 2037 at the corner of Humphreys Road and Aleshire Avenue. Powers of attorney and notary services are available on a walk-in basis; most other services require an appointment. For more information on legal and claims services and hours of operation, visit https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/legal. For legal assistance, call 808-655-8607. For claims assistance, call 808-655-9279.
Integrated Religious Support Team
Religious worship, programs, educational opportunities and pastoral care are available at RSO facilities on all principal Army installations in Hawaii.
Families arriving in Hawaii are invited to attend Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist services held weekly at Schofield Barracks’ Main Post Chapel and Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel and Wheeler Army Airfield’s chapel.
Religious education opportunities are available for children, youth and adults. Other services include Bible studies, family nights, prayer breakfasts and more.
For more information or a schedule of services, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/rso. If you have an emergency and need to speak to a chaplain, call the Emergency Operations Center at 808-656-3272 and ask for the on-call duty chaplain. To contact the Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel, call 808-655-6647. To contact the Schofield Barracks Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel or the Wheeler Army Airfield chapel, call 808-655-9307.
Youth Centers: The CYS Services Youth Centers offer a wide range of positive options for youth and teens in grades six through 12 that promote healthy youth development and ease the transition to adulthood with activities in life skills, citizenship, leadership, sports, fitness, academic support, mentoring, arts and recreation. Youth Centers are on Schofield, Aliamanu Military Reservation and Fort Shafter. Operating hours vary for each location.
The EDGE! program offers out-of-school opportunities for children and youth to excel, develop, grow and experience (EDGE) by participating in cutting-edge art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities known as Art EDGE!, Fit EDGE!, Life EDGE! and Adventure EDGE! The EDGE! program is open to first through 12th graders.
The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program provides 15- to 18-year-old youth with meaningful, professionally managed career exploration opportunities in Family and MWR operations. The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program offers valuable paid work experience and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly competitive job market.
The SKIES (Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills) Unlimited Program encompasses instructional programs and classes designed to complement and support the experiences of military children. The goal of the SKIES Unlimited Program is to ensure predictability and consistency in the availability, affordability and quality of instructional classes offered. The programs are designed for students to expand their knowledge, be inspired, explore and acquire skills. SKIES Unlimited offers such programs as theater, music, dance and martial arts. More information is available at 808-655-9818. Classes are available for ages 2 to 17.
Youth Sports and Fitness Program: CYS Services’ sports and fitness programs offer health, nutrition, fitness, life skills (outreach) and sports activities to children and youth ages 5 to 17.
The Youth Sports and Fitness programs encompass a variety of age-appropriate, safe and supervised activities, including basketball, flag football, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, softball, wrestling, track and field, field trips and events such as PT in the park and gym. Mini sports (ages 3 to 5) include basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball.
For more information, contact the youth sports center at Schofield Barracks at 808-655-6465.
Schofield Sharks Swim Club: Children 6 to 18 years old may try out for the Sharks Swim Club program at Richardson Pool. For more information, call Richardson Pool at 808-655-9698.