SPECIAL COVID-19 UPDATES
H&R MFRC COMMUNITY UPDATE PHASE FOUR (Effective September 8, 2020)
Thank you to our community for such patience and continued participation as we adapt our delivery of programs and services during a pandemic. Effective September 8, 2020, we are pleased to announce the following updates to our hours of operation as well as programs and services.
Hours of Operation
Halifax site, H&R MFRC (6393 Homefire Crescent): Monday to Friday, 7am – 5pm
Shearwater site, H&R MFRC (30 Provider Road): Monday to Friday, 8am – 4:30pm (public access is limited to the main office and community room)
Licensed Child Care Centres (Windsor Park Children’s Centre and Shearwater Children’s Centre): Monday to Friday, 6:30am – 5pm (to coincide with base parking resumption).
Programs and Services (updates and reminders)
- The October Program Guide will soon be available on our website. It is a great source of information on upcoming programs, both virtual and in-person options. Adhering to social distancing requirements means we have limited spaces for in-person programs so we will continue to offer virtual programming so more families can participate.
- Counselling services from a member of our Mental Health & Well-Being Team are available by phone and by appointment.
- One-on-one services in the areas of the support for veterans and their families, special needs navigation, relocation, employment, and deployment, will continue to be available by appointment.
- Deployment Respite Child Care is available at our Shearwater site on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 11:30am and 1 – 3pm. Pre-registration is required.
- Play & Learn, a program for parents/caregivers and their youngsters, will offer outdoor activities.
For more details about our programs, services or general inquiries, please call our information line at 902- 427-7788 to speak with a member of our administration team. For urgent matters, this phone line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please continue to follow us on social media or sign up for our weekly electronic newsletter (eNews) to learn more about new and upcoming programs, services and events. Also, we continually evaluate our programs and services so please share with us your feedback and suggestions.
Visit our new H&R MFRC Online page to view a full list of our new services and offerings.
Our local H&R MFRC 24-hour information line 902-427-7788 is fully operational for family inquires and referrals to the Duty Padre.
Feel free out reach out to us by private message on social media or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll connect with the appropriate staff person. If you ever need more immediate support, please call us directly: 902-427-7788. You can also call the Family Information Line by calling 1-800-866-4546. Both lines are 24/7.
Ways to stay connected with us:
The H&R MFRC has a rich 30 year history of supporting military families. We are a community organization governed by military family members that works in partnership with military families, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and Military Family Services (MFS) to deliver programs and services to children, youth, adults and families. We believe that family is the CAF member and those they care about: spouse, partner, parents, children and relatives.
The H&R MFRC supports regular and reserve force CAF members and their families and medically releasing and recently medically-released members and their families within Halifax and region, Shearwater, and Central and Northern Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton.
Where we serve
The H&R MFRC is unique in that we support all three branches of the CAF: the Royal Canadian Air Force at 12 Wing Shearwater, the Canadian Army - 5th Canadian Division and the East Coast Fleet of the Royal Canadian Navy. Operational Tempo and the inherent need for CAF operational readiness, dictates that the H&R MFRC is always prepared to serve military families in this ever changing world.
We believe military families are the strength behind the uniform; they are independent, resilient and resourceful, often managing many unique and challenging circumstances, including postings and deployments. We believe that military families know what their needs are and what works best for them, therefore our programs and services must be shaped by families. Our family centred approach to service delivery recognizes the complex and ever changing needs of families and strives to operate with a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness. Our programs and services encourage family-to-family support and connections with each other, and to supports and services in the larger community.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
To strengthen the well-being of all those who share the unique experience of military life.
Strong, connected, resilient military families.
Collaboration – We work in partnership with families, the community, military leadership and the Canadian Armed Forces.
Accountability – We demonstrate integrity, fiscal responsibility and performance measurement.
Respect – We respect the uniqueness and diversity of the military community.
Excellence – Our programs and services are flexible, responsive, strength-based, diverse, inclusive and relevant to those we serve.
We recognize that military families are a part of the larger community where they live and work. To best support military families, we work with all levels of government and a variety of organizations and groups in Nova Scotia. We actively engage with community partners in addressing the needs of military families, acknowledging the unique aspects of the military lifestyle that can influence these services. When a service already exists within the community, we will not duplicate that service, we will refer families to the relevant community service provider.