Joint Base McGuire-Dix-LakehurstCommunity
In Burlington and Ocean Counties
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 military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities 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 key 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 Ys 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 have the ability to adjust, bounce back 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 families 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.
New Jersey Department of Children and Families
P.O. Box 729
Trenton, NJ 08625 855-463-6323
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families works to protect the vulnerable, promoting strong and economically self-sufficient families as well as personal and family recovery and resiliency. The department’s programs include services for adoption, child care, foster care, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and more.
Burlington County Human Services
795 Woodlane Road
Westampton, NJ 08060 609-265-5800
Burlington County’s Human Services Department provides education, care and support for individuals in the community from all backgrounds with various needs. The department’s website provides information on various programs and services, including youth services, mental health services, community housing, programs for seniors, alcohol and drug abuse services, programs specifically for veterans and more.
Ocean County Department of Human Services
1027 Hooper Ave., Building 2, Third Floor
Toms River, NJ 08754 732-506-5374
Ocean County’s Human Services department facilitates and oversees a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of at-risk individuals and families in the community. The department is comprised of several boards and commissions that focus on special areas of service delivery. The department’s website provides information on various programs, including youth services, women’s services, disaster response, services for individuals with disabilities, workforce development and more.
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, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. 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.
Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.
New Jersey is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country, with hundreds of species of animal wildlife. Its many ecosystems, from pine forests to coastal marine areas, provide ample habitat for critters — not all of them friendly. Your pet may face many new outside dangers, among them raccoons, possums, skunks, snakes, bats and even bears. To reduce the chance of encounters at home, keep rabbits and cats inside, and if dogs or cats are fed outside, do so only during the day and remove uneaten food immediately. Whether camping or just around your home’s trash bins, food items can attract black bears, raccoons and coyotes. Put food scraps in secure compost or trash containers. It is illegal to feed bears in New Jersey. When hiking, stay on established trails, make noise to alert animals to your presence and keep your pet on a leash at all times.
New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife
- Wildlife Control 609-259-7955
- Mosquito Control 609-292-3649
The division manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with the more than 800 species across the state.
Burlington County Animal Shelter
County Facilities Complex
35 Academy Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060 609-265-5073
The Burlington County Animal Shelter serves as the rabies control point for the 40 municipalities of Burlington County, operating within the Disease Prevention and Control Division of the Burlington County Health Department. The county-supported facility shelters stray dogs, cats and other small animals under a no-kill philosophy, providing low-cost adoptions, microchipping and other services. Check the website for details about fees and other information.
Toms River Animal Control and Services
255 Oak Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-341-1000, ext. 7300
This department operates the municipal shelter serving Toms River Township. The facility provides care for pets awaiting adoption and offers low-cost spay and neutering services. For available pets and more information, including fees, visit the department’s website.
Veterinary services in Burlington and Ocean counties are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. A good place to start looking is the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, which allows you to “Find a Veterinarian” at http://njvma.org.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.
To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.