By Heather E.A. Leiby/USAG-Natick Army Community ServicesJuly 10, 2012
Many of you may have heard about a program called Army Community Services; maybe you saw a display or a handout. But do you really know what ACS offers our community?
As a social services program on the installation, ACS provides a range of services to individuals as well as commands to support the ever-changing needs in our community. Our program is open to Service Members, Family Members, DA Civilians, Survivors of Fallen Service Members, and Retirees; basically anyone with an ID card can use our services.
Our focus is on education and prevention programs, as we want to prevent crises rather than having to react to the crises. However, we know that sometimes that's not possible, so we can offer intervention services as needed.
Here at Natick, our ACS program is small -- there are three employees working full time to assist our community. Because of our size, we often refer individuals needing specialized experience to our off-post counterparts or to one of our neighboring installations. This ensures that you are getting the right help at the right time, but rest assured we are here to help make the phone calls, get in touch with the right people, and provide follow-up services as needed.
Our programs include: Information and Referral, Exceptional Family Member Program, Relocation Support, Family Advocacy, Financial Readiness, Army Volunteer Corps, Army Family Team Building, Army Family Action Plan, Employment Readiness, Mobilization and Deployment, Survivor Outreach Services, and limited School Liaison Support Services.
Below are a few of the things these programs do:
• Lending Closet items
• Community information
• Family support
• Classes on finances, personal and professional growth
• Education on the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence
• Education on suicide prevention
• Army Emergency Relief (for service members only)
• Individual financial counseling
• Victim advocacy
• Counseling services
• Employment support
• Survivor outreach services
Our job is to ensure that your time with USAG Natick is healthy, safe and secure. We aim to build self-sufficiency and stability for our Natick community through our range of services and through advocacy; the more you know, the better you will do. Whether you are an individual seeking more information or a community leader, we are here to assist.
For further information about our programs, please come by. We are located in Building 38. Or, you can call, 4798/5377/4485 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.