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Regional Practice Cape May

Office of Work-Life

 

Mission: To provide necessary employee assistance, sexual assault prevention, response and recovery, family advocacy and resource support that meets the needs for all Coast Guard family beneficiaries within the tri-state area of southern New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania.

 

Vision: A resilient, safe, and ready Coast Guard.

 

Work-Life “Welcome Aboard” Kit

 

Office of Work-Life Staff

Title                                                        Contact                     Phone Number           

Child Development Services                             Ms. Valanda Weston           Office: (609) 898-6384
Specialist (CDSS)                                                                                          
Valanda.M.Weston@uscg.mil

Employee Assistance Program                         Mr. Lee Green                    Office: (609) 898-6731
Coordinator (EAPC)                                                                                      Duty:   (609) 819-5493

Lee.D.Green@uscg.mil

Family Advocacy Specialist (FAS)                    Ms. Charlene DiPeri            Office: (609) 898-6925
Charlene.A.Diperi2@uscg.mil                                                               Duty: (609) 675-1720     

Family Resource Specialist (FRS)                    Mr. Bob Spicer                    Office: (609) 898-6885          
Robert.H.Spicer@uscg.mil                             

Health Promotions Program Manager (HPPM)  Mr. Timothy Merrell            Office: (202) 475-5146          
Timothy.M.Merrell@uscg.mil 

Personal Financial Manager (PFM)                  Ms. Sarah Rohrer               Office: (609) 898-6886          
Sarah.S.Rohrer@uscg.mil                                                                           C
ell:    (609) 374-7395

Sexual Assault Response                                 Ms. Shari Freeman             Office: (609) 898-6451
Coordinator (SARC)                                                                                      Duty:   (609) 780-6152
Shari.N.Freeman@uscg.mil  

Transition Relocation Manager (TRM)              Mr. Rob Miller                     Office: (202) 372-4089
Robert.A.Miller4@uscg.mil                                                                   Cell:   (202) 271-5361

 

Helpful Resources

Child Development Services Specialist

Child Development Services Specialists connect families with support systems which promote quality child care, provide educational outreach, and link members to resources that enhance mission readiness.

                                      Services include...

  • In-home Family Child Care (FCC)
  • Shift-work Child Care
  • Child Care/Development resource and referral
  • Babysitting Training and Classes
  • Development Outreach
  • Child Care Subsidy Assistance
  • School Liaison
  • Child Development Education

 

Family Child Care Brochure   
For more information, please call (609) 898-6384.

Employee Assistance Program

 

The Employee Assistance Program is designed to assist eligible employees and their dependents in addressing personal issues including, but not limited to, marital and family conflict, interpersonal relationship problems, conflict at work, depression or anxiety, help with community resource referrals, career changes, substance abuse, stress management, grieving a loss, personal decision making, and child and eldercare services. The contracted USCG EAP is CG SUPRT. The inner-service related EAP support is provided by individual Work-Life offices and all assigned individual program managers.

 

Employee Assistance Program Coordinator

 

The Employee Assistance Program Coordinator (EAPC) represents the Employee Assistance Program contractor (CG SUPRT) as the Work-Life regional point of contact. They also manage the assigned regional Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Suicide Prevention Awareness, and Workplace Violence programs.

 

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Brochure

Suicide Prevention Awareness Brochure
Workplace Violence/Threatening Behavior Brochure

 

For more information, please call (609) 898-6731 (Work Phone) or (609) 819-5493 (Duty Cell Phone).

 

Family Advocacy Specialist
The Family Advocacy Program is a Congressionally mandated program intended to prevent and reduce the incidence of family violence and create an environment of intolerance for such behavior. Education and proper intervention and rehabilitation services result in prevention of the escalation of violence, serious injury and homicide. Services are provided to retain active duty members in their Coast Guard careers and support the accomplishment of the Coast Guard mission.

Family violence includes child physical, emotional, and or sexual abuse and neglect by a parent or caregiver. It also includes partner physical, emotional and/or sexual maltreatment. All reports of suspected child abuse/neglect are reported to state child protection agencies for investigation. The Coast Guard also allows for restricted and unrestricted reporting of intimate partner maltreatment. Talk to the Family Advocacy Specialist or a CG healthcare provider for more information about restricted vs unrestricted reporting. Services provided through the Family Advocacy Program include, victim safety planning; domestic violence assessment and case management services.  Some services provided include, anger management; domestic violence programs; parenting classes, couples communication and substance abuse programs.

For more information, please call the office at (609) 898-6925 or call (609) 675-1720 for local 24/7 assistance.

Family Resource Specialist
The Family Resource Specialist provides support to Coast Guard families enrolled in the Special Needs Program and provides Coast Guard members
and families with resources for adoption, child care, elder care, and scholarships
 

By following specific procedures and guidelines, efforts will be made to ensure that active duty personnel with family members who have special needs are assigned to duty stations where resources are available to support their needs with access to, and availability of, medical, educational, and community services. Enrollment in the program is mandatory for active duty members and members of the selected reserve on orders for 181 days or more who have dependent family members diagnosed with medical, psychological, physical, or education special needs.

Special Needs Brochure
For more information, please call (609) 898-6885.

Health Promotions Program Manager 
The Health Promotions Program Manager (HPPM) provides guidelines and resources regarding physical fitness, nutrition, stress management, weight management, health risk reduction, and unit health promotion program planning.  

For more information, please call (202) 475-5146.

 

Personal Financial Manager
The Personal Financial Manager (PFM) is an Accredited Financial Counselor® and the designated subject matter expert in all areas of personal finances. The PFM provides Financial Counseling, Financial Training, and Financial Information and Referral. Areas that are normally addressed with the PFM include, but are not limited to:

  • Goal Setting and Spending Plans
  • Service Member Civil Relief Act Questions
  • Transitional and Security Clearance Challenges
  • Debt Reduction and Credit Management Strategies
  • Credit Report and Identity Theft Assistance
  • Home and Car Buying Strategies
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Questions
  • Retirement and Estate Planning Strategies

The PFM also trains the Command Financial Specialists (CFSs) that are able to provide Basic Budgeting and Financial Information and Referral at the unit level.

For more information, please call (609) 898-6886 (Work Phone) or (609) 374-7395 (Cell Phone).

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

 

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) supports units and personnel with the prevention of sexual assault, the response to allegations of sexual assault and the recovery process for victims and survivors. The SARC assists military and community members with all aspects of handling prevention and responses to sexual assault. The SARC provides mandated trainings on Sexual Assault and trains Sexual Assault Victim Advocates to provide pertinent training, crisis intervention and ongoing support at their units.

Governing instructions, guidance on how to report a sexual assault, policy updates, recovery assistance and more can be found here at the U.S. Coast Guard SAPRR Program webpage. The DoD Safe Helpline offers live, one-on-one confidential support and information, providing victims and survivors with the help they need. Find them on the web at www.safehelpline.org or call 877-995-5247. You can also text them at 55-247 (inside the U.S.) 202-470-5546 (outside the U.S.).

For more information, please call the office at (609) 898-6451 or call (609) 780-6152 for local 24/7 assistance.

Transition Relocation Manager 

The Coast Guard District 5 (CGD5) Upper Region Transition Relocation Manager (TRM) assists active duty transitioning personnel with their career transition. Assistance is also provided to reservists serving on extended active duty (EAD).

 

Members retiring/separating from active military service are advised to enroll in a Coast Guard Transition, Goals, Plans, Success (TGPS) or Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop NLT 24 months prior to their separation date.

 

Additionally, CGD5 Upper Region TRM assists military spouses with employment opportunities, family support, housing assistance and relocation resources, Ombudsman contacts, resume preparation and review, and much more.

 

For more information, please call (202) 372-4089 (Work Phone) or 202-271-5361 (Cell Phone).