FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- As a foreign-born or American-born spouse, are you concerned about meeting new friends, available services and contact points regarding these issues? The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program has the answers for you.

Foreign-born spouses share the same emotions as Americans do when moving from state-to-state or from country to country; some however, do not share in the luxury of being closer to family members or friends and remain committed to being homebound.

The Relocation Readiness Program has always been a resource to individuals who are faced with and have concerns about American society. The Military Foreign Born Spouse and Multi-cultural Program provides assistance to Soldiers with foreign-born spouses by disseminating and distributing vital information. This information may come in the form of multilevel language programs, cross-cultural training and cultural mediation services.

Recognizing the numerous challenges that foreign-born spouses come across, such as adaptation to and flourishing in American culture, this group provides an opportunity for getting together and discussing all concerns or issues while sharing ideas and methods to help overcome specific language or culture barriers.

English as A Second Language classes are offered for those who are interested in improving their English skills, finding a job or a better job, understanding the citizenship exam, improving their social skills, continuing their education, having more confidence and understanding their English-speaking friends or families.

Morning classes are offered on Mondays, 9-11 a.m., and day classes are offered on Thursdays, 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222. Evening classes are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. at the Main Post Library. Child care may be available for morning and day classes. ESL classes are open to all ID card holders and DoD civilians. Registration is required.

Program hosts other events
* ACS staff members invite foreign-born spouses and their family members to take part in many fun filled events being offered. The next event is Oktoberfest, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lexington. Oktoberfest is a German festival with authentic German food tasting, vendors, drinks, free giveaways, bouncy bounce, arts, crafts, face painting, live music, and more.
* On Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a shopping trip to Concord Mills Outlet. Enjoy a day of shopping in North Carolina. Concord Mills features more than 200 stores including manufacturer and retail outlets, off-price retailers and unique specialty stores. This trip is limited to the first 15 people to sign up.
* There will be a Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 18, 6 -8 p.m. at the Family Readiness Center located at 3499 Daniel St. This is a potluck with music and games. Children are welcome.
* Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m., join us at Riverbank Zoo to enjoy the Lights before Christmas. Bring the kids and the cameras, to see Santa and lots of twinkling lights. Tickets cost: Adults: $8, children 3 and older: $6, children 2 and younger: Free.
* Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m. we will be hosting a Holiday Party at the Family Readiness Center, 3499 Daniel St. There will be food, karaoke, dancing, games, food, fun and Santa.
Plan now to attend and enjoy meeting new friends to fellowship and have fun. Registration is required for all classes and events by contacting Miranda Broadus,, 751-1124.