The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is proud to serve the American community in the Naples area. The FFSC provides a wide range of services, including information and referral, life skills education, relocation assistance and clinical counseling. The FFSC has two main locations: one at the Support Site and one in Gaeta. The Support Site FFSC is open Monday through Friday from 0630-1700. “Like” the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ NaplesFFSC to get up to-date information on all services. Call the Gaeta FFSC Workcenter at DSN 629-8354/7 or Commercial 081-568-8354/7 or visit www.facebook.com/gaeta.ffsc
Naples-area FFSC services
Relocation services are available to assist incoming and outgoing community members of all branches as well as civilians. These services include Area Orientation (AO), sponsorship training and Smooth Move. For those just arriving in Naples, attending AO will facilitate a smooth transition to a new country and assist in acclimating to a new culture. After getting familiar with the new surroundings, Sponsorship Training should be attended in order to prepare other incoming personnel with their transition to Naples. The Loaner Locker program, another FFSC resource, loans kitchenware and small appliances to those still awaiting their household goods or those that have shipped them out due to PCS’ing. Additionally, the FFSC hosts Smooth Move, a class to help departing community members check out easily and efficiently. The InterCultural Relations (ICR) program is available to assist newcomers in learning how to “survive and thrive.” With workshops and field trips on topics such as using public transportation and learning basic Italian, ICR classes help recent arrivals learn new skills and feel comfortable getting out and about in Naples.
The Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) offers a variety of assistance to family members seeking employment in the Naples area. Monthly workshops include “Employment and Career Opportunities in Naples,” “Resume Writing” and “Federal Employment Process.” For those interested in volunteer opportunities, the FFSC can offer information about organizations and opportunities in the Naples area. Life skills classes can be very helpful to both new – comers and established members of the Naples American community. These workshops provide assistance to foster positive relationships and strong families. Classes cover topics such as stress management, anger management, couples communication and parenting skills. Personal finance management instructors offer a wide array of educational services. Financial educators offer certification of command financial specialists, as well as courses on managing your financial future, saving and investing, retirement options and more. In addition, the personal financial specialist can assist with budget creation and debt management plans. Transition assistance is available to all active-duty personnel who are separating or retiring from the military. All branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as their spouses are encouraged to take advantage of these services, which include the five-day Transition GPS workshop, three two-day workshops (Boots to Business, Higher Education and Technical Training) and a Capstone event, which will finalize the transition process. There are resident Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) benefits advisors onboard who can assist with applying for benefits and as well as answer all VA questions.
The FFSC offers confidential clinical counseling services to assist individuals, couples and families. FFSC counselors are licensed independent clinicians who provide short-term, solution focused treatment, usually not to exceed eight to 12 sessions. Referrals to other resources are provided as needed. The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program offers nurturing support to expectant parents and parents with children. The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is a home-based program designed to support family resiliency, provide information regarding child development, and promote positive parent-child interactions. Services are available to both military members and other American government employees. Priority for services is given to single parents and to mothers and fathers with deployed spouses. The FFSC also provides referrals and information on a variety of subjects, such as family and personal enrichment, support services and activities, and community resources and contact information. For details call the Support Site FFSC at DSN 629-6372 or Commercial 081-811-6372, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaeta-area FFSC Workcenter services
The FFSC Workcenter in Gaeta has a number of programs in place to help you get through the adjustment process and make the best of your time in Gaeta and Italy. Service and assistance are tailored to support the needs of military personnel and family members attached to the forward deployed 6th Fleet flagship, USS Mt. Whitney (LCC 20).
The Workcenter offers area orientation and intercultural relations seminars to help introduce newcomers to the Italian language, customs, history, culture and transportation systems in and around Gaeta and Naples. Additionally, the following programs are provided: information and referral, Loaner Locker, relocation assistance, Smooth Move and sponsorship training. Other programs, including clinical counseling, financial education, transition assistance, the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program and the Family Employment Readiness Program, are supported and provided by the FFSC in Naples.
The FFSC Gaeta Workcenter is located on the second deck of Building 752 at the Fleet Landing. Call the center at DSN 626-8354/7 or Commercial 081-568-8354/7 or visit the Facebook pages Naples FFSC or Gaeta FFSC.