MFSC Closed at NOON for Mandated Training: Military and Family Support Center will be CLOSED at 12 noon on Friday, 25 August. We will reopen for regular hours on Monday, 28 August. If you need Emergency Financial Assistance and cannot wait, please contact Army Emergency Relief (AER), 609.562.4245, AER opens at 8:30am.
WELCOME TO THE THE MILITARY & FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER (MFSC)!
MFSC at JB MDL McGuire
Bldg. 3435 Broidy Road
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7:45am – 4:30pm
MFSC at JB MDL Lakehurst
Bldg. 488-2 Highway 547
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8am – 4:30pm
The Military & Family Support Center (MFSC) incorporates the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Army Community Service and Fleet & Family Support Center. The Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) supports individuals, families, and leadership with programs and services to strengthen communities, encourage self-sufficiency, enhance mission readiness and ease adaptation to the military way of life. The center serves singles, couples and families alike. Services are provided to military members of all branches of service, DoD employees and their families. Whether you are new to the military, new to the Joint Base or a seasoned pro, the MFSC is here to support you and your family. Services are provided on a walk-in basis, individual appointments, workshops, events or just a phone call away.
The United States Immigration and Citizenship Services*
The United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) works in conjunction with the Military & Family Support Center to provide Naturalization information including guidance, information and procedures for Military and Civilians (DoD ID Cardholders) to become Naturalized United States Citizens. To schedule a one-on-one–appointment, call the Military and Family Support Center at 609.754.3154 (JB MDL McGuire) or 732. 323.1249 (JB MDL Lakehurst). *Note, must be a DoD ID cardholder with base access.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Advisors are available on JB MDL in BLDG’s 3011 and 5418. If you have questions about your VA Benefits, please contact us for assistance at; 609.754.0563/0558 or 609.562.3683/4830/2105, or email; Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard.email@example.com, Brian.Harriett.firstname.lastname@example.org, Shannon.email@example.com, Michael.Scheck.firstname.lastname@example.org.
VISIT OUR CAREER CENTER!
Visit the M&FSC Career Center where you will find a collection of all career-related classes, special events, links, and local job postings. To access the career center, you can click on the Career Center icon at the bottom of GoMDL.com at any time or, click here to learn more.
The National Military Family Association has extended a scholarship opportunity for NJ active, guard, reserve, retired or fallen for Military Spouses. This program is specifically looking for spouses from NJ with $1,000.00 scholarships. Scholarships can be used for traditional degrees along with certification programs and professional licensure (i.e. Nursing, teaching).
Please send NJ spouses to apply for a scholarship today! Apply here!
The MFSC covers a wide scope of programs that includes:
Information and Referral Program
Information & Referral is a clearing house which provides telephone and in-person assessments to help determine your needs and the right resource. You may be referred to a Military and Family Support Center program or to another organization on or off base. The MFSC maintains an extensive list of available services and contact information.
If you are unsure of where to turn, please call one of our MFSC locations and a specialist will point you in the right direction.
Located within the MFSC there is a Discovery Room with Free Wi-Fi as well as access to computers with Internet, printers, and base/local community information. Employment opportunities are also posted on a jobs board.
Deployments, temporary duty travel and remote assignments are synonymous with life in the military and present unique financial, legal and relationship challenges for members and their families. Family Readiness prepares the entire family for separation through planning. In addition to education, support groups are available to assist the family member during the separation.
The Hearts Apart Program connects spouses, children and family members with others experiencing separation via emails, activities and monthly events. Hearts Together morale calls connect deployed members with loved ones. Pre & Post -deployment briefings are held every week. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
For upcoming Hearts Apart dates, please click here.
Exceptional Family Member Program – Family Support (EFMP)
EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs (child or adult). Any physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment warrants enrollment.
EFMP Services include:
- Family Support Services and Crisis Intervention
- Medical and Educational Information and Referral
- Relocation Assistance
- Advocacy Services
- Accessibility and housing
- Support groups
- Respite information
- Recreational and cultural activities
- EFMP Coordinating Committee
- EFMP overseas screening
Personal Financial Readiness Program
Personal Financial Readiness provides financial education, information, and one-on-one counseling. Goals are to help maximize your purchasing power, improve your standard of living, reduce stress and anxiety during financial crisis, and increase personal productivity. The Financial Readiness Program assists service and family members with improving their credit reliability, reducing indebtedness and making their money work for them. Services include a personal financial evaluation, budgeting information, credit management, debt management resources, basic investment information, credit report/score, and workshops/seminars.
For a comprehensive overview of the Personal Financial Readiness Program, please click here.
Emergency Financial Relief Services
Air Force Aid Society, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society & Army Emergency Relief provides emergency financial assistance to active duty service members, retirees, National Guard and Reserve Component on active duty for over thirty consecutive days and their family members with ID card and power of attorney.
Employment Readiness / Career Focus Program
The Career Focus Program is an employment resource program. The Career Focus Program provides no-cost consultations, programs and services to help families in the job search process. Consultants are available to guide spouses and DoD civilians on career planning, job seeking and resume writing, as well as to help them prepare for interviews and negotiate offers. Services include: Civilian & Federal Resume reviews/assistance and job application assistance, Information about educational opportunities and workshops with emphasis on career and personal development. Job fairs are an integral part of the employment program. Several are held each year in the local area. NEW! For upcoming career events, please click here to visit our Career Center.
Volunteer Program Opportunities
Looking for an interesting and rewarding experience? Become a volunteer! Volunteers provide invaluable support to the base community, donating thousands of hours each month at agencies across the installation. Volunteers enjoy personal satisfaction that comes from helping others and contributing to the mission. Plus they can grow professionally from their experiences.
Family Support Center has information about Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and neighboring communities available for newly arriving members, as well as service members and families preparing to depart the area. Our relocation services include individual counseling with a personalized needs assessment, information on local schools, and Smooth Move Seminars and workshops for parents and children, overseas information, Sponsorship Training, Citizenship and Immigration Services and International Spouse Group.
We encourage relocating service members and spouses to attend the monthly Newcomers Orientation and Spouse Newcomers Orientation Seminars that provides an overview of the Joint Base and includes a base tour.
For upcoming Newcomers Orientation and Spouse Newcomers Orientation dates, please view the 87FSS Events Calendar.
“E” Sponsorship Program
Taking care of our newly assigned and soon to be assigned folks is so very important. Being a good sponsor is one of the most important yet under appreciated roles you can take as a military member. Sponsorship training is required for all sponsors. Being a great sponsor does so much to relieve the tension and anxiety of moving and settling in at a new or first duty station. E-Sponsorship Training is your first source for sponsorship needs. All of the resources for training and post training tools and information are available through this online resource.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Goal, Plans, Success (GPS) offers separating or retiring personnel an individual transition plan to ease reentry into civilian life. Consider beginning transition planning at least one year prior to retirement or separation. MFSC provides both TAP/GPS workshops and pre-separation counseling as well as information about additional training tracks. TAP/GPS is designed to provide necessary tools to effectively transition from the military to the civilian community. Mandatory pre-separation counseling, TAP and CAPSTONE are three separate requirements. Pre-Separation briefings are held most months weekly and must be completed prior to the attendance of TAP/GPS. CAPSTONE is held weekly via appointments after the completion of Pre-Separation and TAP/GPS. For upcoming class dates, please click here.
Personal and Work Life Program
Provides information and education about a variety of life cycle issues to assist you in developing resilience skills that assist in navigating a mobile military life style. Includes parenting, healthy relationships, and communication skills, among others, to help you strengthen your interpersonal competencies and social relationships.
Provides training and support for Spouse Leader Program (Key Spouse, Ombudsman & Family Readiness Group leaders). Military Spouse Link orientation program designed for those who are newly married or just interested in learning more about military Life. Information is given about community resources, TRICARE, deployments, and more. This program is offered quarterly and is offered to all branches of service.
School Liaison Office (SLO)
The School Liaison Specialists work in partnership with local school districts. Services include: Educate parents on the school choice program, local school system policies, procedures, programs and schedules. Coordinates education transition resources and points of contact in the school system and community. Assist home school families with information and local resources. For more information, please click here.
Other services located in the Military and Family Support Center are:
Casualty Assistance Representative – The Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) works closely with commanders at all levels to ensure the success of the program. The CAR works closely with survivors of retired Air Force members to ensure potential benefits applied in a timely manner. The CAR provides limited casualty service to members of sister services, certain foreign nationals, and civilians. The CAR provides information about the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).
Military and Family Life Consultant - Provides non-medical short-term, situational problem-solving counseling to all branches of the military and their families. Completely confidential and private, except for duty-to-warn situations. Services can be provided on or off military installations. The consultants cannot meet you at your home or your car. Services provided to individuals, couples, and families. They are mandated reporters of child abuse, domestic abuse, and other duty-to-warn situations.
Military Family Support 360 Project - SPAN’s Military Family 360 Support Center is a one-stop center assisting military families — active duty and retired military and National Guard and Reserve personnel throughout New Jersey, who have infants, toddlers, children and youth ages birth to 26 with disabilities. Military Family 360 assists military families by: Developing a Family Plan to address concerns; Assisting with access to Family Resources; Offering training sessions on advocacy for accessing quality services, health care, education; Offering family to family emotional support and information; Linking you to leadership opportunities to ensure the family voice in decisions about military assistance programs and services.
Other Useful Numbers:
Army Emergency Relief: 609.562.2767
Air Force Aid Society: 609.754.3154
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: 732.608.3444