The Soldier Family and Assistance Center’s new 16,500 square-foot building, located at 7919 Marne Road, will enhance the delivery of services for Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion, Dr. William Clark, director of the SFAC, said.
The new SFAC building became operational Feb. 9.
The old facility, located on Dixie Road, was temporary until the new SFAC building, Warrior Transition Battalion administration building and new Warrior Transition Battalion barracks were completed.
“It enhances the delivery of services by providing a warm and family-friendly environment,” Clark said.
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The building includes a nutritional assistance center, computer area, outdoor patio, classrooms and a children’s area, which includes a playground and a Family support room. The building also allows for more privacy and confidentiality with office spaces instead of cubicles for staff, said Tony Toliver, outreach program coordinator. Toliver said the Family support room and other amenities provide a Family with a place they can go and “relax when Families are here visiting. It’s a larger room and has a couch, chairs and computer settings. That room will allow us, if a Family comes in, to provide a service for the entire Family versus being in an office that may be kind of cramped. It allows the children to stick around (too), while we are working with the Family.”
“This newer facility has afforded us the opportunity to reach out and not only impact the current demographic that we already have, but to offer them a better environment for those services,” Toliver said.
He said it would help Soldiers on a more one-on-one level as they transition.
With more space, Soldiers can get the assistance they need. Toliver said with a larger classroom they are able to accommodate more Soldiers, for example.
And eventually, SFAC will be open 24 hours a day so Soldiers can have access to computers and printers.
Although under the direction of the Installation Management Command, SFAC works in partnership with the WTB to assist wounded, ill and injured National Guard, active-duty, and Reserve Soldiers returning to duty and exiting service.
“We actually have some of the WTB staff that work in this building with us,” Toliver said. “They are an in-house additional resource for Soldiers and their Families.”
Clark said SFAC was envisioned as a one-stop-shop, providing Soldiers with 11 core services that include such services as outreach, human resources, educational services, social services and financial assistance.
For more information about SFAC and its services, call 706-544-5702 or 706-544-5703.