Marine Corps Family Team Building
The Marine Corps Family Team Building portion of MCCS is geared towards assisting unit commanding officers and families in maintaining readiness. All MCFTB programs are free.
MCFTB includes the following programs: Key volunteer training, family readiness officer training, family readiness briefs, marriage preparation workshops, LINKS (Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills), CREDO (Chaplain’s Religious Education Development Operation), PREP (Prevention and Relationship), EFMP (Exceptional Family Member Program, NPSP (New Parent Support Program) and family university.
Key volunteer training provides the required training for all potential unit key volunteers. Classes are held monthly alternating between days and nights. The key volunteer trainer can be reached at (910) 451-7550.
Family Readiness Officer training is conducted to educate all new FROs on the organization of the family readiness program and how to establish a key volunteer network.
Family readiness training includes a variety of briefings to assist units in pre and post-deployment concerns.
Pre-deployment briefs assist Marines and families in preparing for and coping with the changes and difficulties of deployment.
Post-deployment briefs describe what to expect during a homecoming and provide tips that will help families get their relationships back to normal as quickly as possible.
The kids and deployment brief assists parents in understanding the impact of deployment on children and offers creative ways to keep the connection between the child and the deployed parent.
Marriage Preparation Workshop is a monthly program lasting two days for couples planning to marry or those married two years or less. This workshop covers the basic foundation for a healthy marriage and fulfills the pre-Cana requirement for Catholics. To register, call (910) 451-0176.
LINKS is a mentoring program run by spouses for spouses. Mentors offer tips and information to help other spouses get started in the Marine Corps family.
The LINKS Team Leader can be contacted at (910) 451-1299.
PREP provides an educational experience for couples that will enable them to increase their communication and problem-solving skills, skills associated with effective marital functioning and the prevention of future marital distress.
The PREP Coordinator can be reached at (910) 451-0176.
Spouses Leadership Seminar is designed specifically for Marine Corps spouses to assist in developing leadership skills. Seminars are conducted by Headquarters Marine Corps on a semiannual basis. For information call (910) 451-0176.
New Parent Support Program is a voluntary program developed to assist families in many ways that friends and family often do when back at home. The program provides assistance (such as home visitation and parenting classes) to active Services duty families expecting a child or with child(ren) under 6 years of age free of charge.
EFMP is a program that provides assistance to active duty personnel with family members who have special needs before, during and after relocation due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. It is a mandatory program (MCO P1754.4A) for active duty members.
The Community Counseling Center located in Building 798, Brewster Boulevard, provides professional individual, marital and family counseling services available to military members and their families. Also, intervention and treatment for domestic violence and victim advocacy services are provided through the Family Advocacy Program.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (910) 451-2864 or (910) 451-2876 for further information.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides financial assistance for active-duty and retired military and family members. The society also provides financial counseling to military members and their families, layettes and visiting nurses who provide assistance to families with infants, house-bound retirees, widows and widowers. The office is located in Building 60. Call (910) 451-5644 for more information.
The American Red Cross provides counseling, emergency communications, financial/emergency assistance and referral services to military personnel and their families. The office is located in Building 1108. Call (910) 451-2173 for more information.
The Armed Services YMCA was established Dec. 31, 1998. Its primary mission is to provide services and programs to military families.
Services and programs consist of: Y-mail, which is an e-mail and Internet service provided for sergeants, petty officers and junior enlisted (and their spouses) at the USO and Midway Park; home front video taping, which allows deployed military members and their families to keep in touch via video taping; infant and toddler car seat loan program, which provides infants and toddlers car seats for a temporary loan up to 90 days; financial fitness for the home, designed for the manager of the finances at home; Sight for Students, a vision service plan, which provides free eye exams for students who meet qualifications; Baby-sitter Training Course, which trains children how to become certified babysitters; and Kids +, a program which covers ages and stages of development, safe environments, communication, nutrition, behavioral management and more.
Personal Readiness and Community Support provides unit commanders by providing information and guidance to service members and their families. The goal of this support is mission readiness, improved morale and retention. This is accomplished through information and referral services for relocation and transition assistance, retired and veterans affairs. For more information, call (910) 451-3212.