Programs and Services
If a permanent change of station, or PCS, is in your future, you may have questions about moving. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the Relocation Assistance Program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Here’s what they offer:
- Individual PCS planning — Most relocation programs offer one-on-one consultation. In particular, those making their first military move, those making their first overseas move or those with challenging or complex situations should contact the relocation assistance office.
- MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move — For managing and planning your move, you may want to take advantage of these DoD-sponsored online relocation tools. You can estimate expenses, locate forms for housing and property shipments, and create a moving calendar.
- Loan closet — Where available, loan closets offer basic household goods while your personal property is in transit. Typical items include pots and pans, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards and infant or toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your express shipment.
- Workshops and briefings — Workshops vary from installation to installation, but you may find classes on purchasing real estate and renting, budgeting and finance, moving with children or general moving preparation.
- Pre-departure briefings — These briefings may be called Smooth Move or PCS Briefing, and they provide essential information to prevent you from making uninformed and costly decisions before your move.
- Settling-in services — Welcome wagon services, local area tours (with child care sometimes provided), or basic household items to use until your goods arrive may be a part of your installation’s settling-in services. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.
- Foreign-born spouse support — Whether your question concerns immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to use local transportation, the relocation program provides assistance, classes and referrals.
- Emergency assistance — From time to time, emergencies occur while moving. The Relocation Assistance Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.
Installation Specific Information
The Naval Station Great Lakes Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Relocation Assistance Program office would like to welcome you as you prepare to relocate to our area.
The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is located near the main gate in Bldg. 26. The FFSC has many programs and services that will be a great help to newcomers, as well as those who are getting ready to depart from Great Lakes. Relocation services include extensive community information, family member employment assistance, and transition assistance.
Local community information and referral as well as assistance with travel plans and research on new duty stations are available. Relocation Assistance is located in Bldg. 26 and is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with staff to assist you. We also have two Relocation Outreach offices: Bldg. 236, room 165; and Bldg. 621, room 116 for the convenience of our students. A number of workshops are available to inform and prepare new arrivals, transferring families and those moving overseas and/or just a state away. Smooth Move workshops are held on the third Thursday of every month in Bldg 26 from 1:00p.m -3:00p.m. You can register by calling 847-688-3603 ext, 100. We have appointments available for individual or family Smooth Move or Overseas cultural relation workshops.
Lending Closet -- The lending closet is unavailable.
Great Lakes area start up costs are expensive with security deposits for rental units and fees for registering children in public school. Separatees coming into Great Lakes are to report to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Bldg. 177.
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.
Military Youth on the Move
Answers to military children and teen concerns.
Military Child Education Coalition
Provides information and resources on military education needs.
Official web site for verification of military service for transitioning service members.
Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.
USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.