The mission of the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) is to maintain the continuity and stability of Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) as units undergo changes in volunteers and leadership. Operationally, the FRSA provides administrative and logistical support to commanders, rear detachment commanders, and volunteer FRG leaders. Taking the administrative burden off the volunteers allows FRG leaders to concentrate on performing outreach to Soldiers and their Family in the command, thus preserving stability on the home front, during periods of deployment as well as peace time.
Hello Vermont National Guard Families!
Candice Bryan-Broe here, Senior FRSA extraordinaire, writing to you with some great news! I had the privilege of attending the Military Family Community Network in October. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the Senior Director of Operation Homefront, and he educated the FRSA team on some amazing programs this organization offers. Operation Homefront is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive—not simply struggle to get by—in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.
This organization offers recurring family support, relief and resiliency programs. For example, did you know that Operation Homefront offers assistance to families dealing with unexpected budget and financial challenges through the Critical Financial Assistance program? It’s true! To find out more about the CFA go to www.operationhomefront.org and click on “Get Help Now” at the top of the page.
They also work with local donors in each state to offer support such as:
• Back-to-School Brigade—School supplies to help military children succeed in schools across the country
• Star-Spangled Babies showers—offers new and expectant parents essential baby supplies and community support events
• Holiday Programs—distributes toys to military children through holiday Toy Drive events
Operation Homefront is always looking for volunteers. If you have the drive to help support the military families in your area and are interested in finding out more info about how to volunteer, contact me at 802-338-3652.
Record your volunteer hours in JSS or email them to email@example.com. Send them in by the last day of each month.
Family Readiness Training Information
Michaela will be offering the following trainings in November (contact Michaela at 802-338-4317 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days. She also has availability most Monday and Tuesday evenings after 5:30 pm.
Overview of Key Caller Role/Phone Tree Caller training
This training will consist of two modules:
• Overview of Key Caller Role discussion points – Purpose of the FRG Phone Tree, Key Caller’s Responsibilities, How to prepare for the role, key caller’s resources and tips for success
• Phone Tree Caller Training goes into the topics listed below in much finer detail. Topics that will be discussed will be How the phone tree works, Privacy & Confidentiality, Sample Script, Dealing with people in Crisis, and Sample phone tree log.
Social Media for Units
This module is designed to give the volunteer a more thorough look into the National Guard Social Media Policy, General OPSEC/Privacy Tips and Social Media Resources.
Customs, Courtesies, Ceremonies, and Traditions
The learner will understand and exhibit appropriate behavior in accordance with proper military customs, courtesies and protocol in daily military life leading to personal satisfaction and a sense of belonging.
Candice will be offering the following trainings in November (contact Candice at 802-338-3652 or Candice.email@example.com to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days. She also has availability most Wednesday and Thursday evenings after 5:30 pm.
Putting It In Perspective
How many times do we over-think things or take issues to a catastrophic level unnecessarily? During this session, participants will learn to take situations from worst case scenarios to best case scenarios to what makes sense scenarios. Putting It In Perspective is designed to guide us to more accurate thinking. Learn to “ease your anxiety and fear or embarrassment” by establishing a pattern of realistic optimism, staying alert to the actual threat and taking advantage of opportunities.
Review the characteristics of a crisis; discuss crisis response procedures; specify what is and what is not the Commander, RDC and FRGs role in a crisis situation.
Avoiding Thinking Traps
This course details the eight major thinking traps that tax our resilience. Participants will identify the 2 or 3 patterns they fall into and as a group we will figure out strategies that will help you get out of those traps. Learning what thinking traps are will aid in hold you back from inaccurate assumptions that are so costly to your resilience.
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