USAG Stuttgart C.A.R.E. Fair eases transition for newcomers

It’s never easy settling into a new community. Hillary Carter, an Army spouse who arrived in Stuttgart in early July with husband Kevin and 2-year-old son Rigby, survived her first overseas permanent change of station move and now is in the process of “starting over” in a new environment.

“It’s overwhelming, especially because we’re in a foreign country,” Carter said. “It’s been hard for me to get out and meet people,” said the stay-at-home mom.

Newcomers to the Stuttgart military community such as Carter will have a chance to learn about the myriad of community resources that can make the transition easier during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s C.A.R.E. Fair on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Exchange shopping center on Panzer Kaserne.

Representatives from more than 50 installation directorates, service organizations and special interest groups will be on hand at the Community Activities, Registration and Education Fair.

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“The C.A.R.E. Fair offers community members the opportunity to connect with one another, our community resources and organizations, share information, and be better prepared for life in Stuttgart,” said  Martha Povich, the events manager for USAG Stuttgart Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“It will help newcomers transition more easily into the best community in all of Installation Management Command Europe and help them discover who makes up the fabric of what makes Stuttgart so great,” Povich said.

In a single location, community members can sign up their children for Scouting programs, the Sitzmarkers Ski and Snowboard Club, the Piranhas swim team, and enroll them in the Exchange School Meal Program.

Other groups, such as the Stuttgart Community Spouses Club, Mothers of Preschoolers, and Women, Infants and Children Overseas will also participate.

Visitors to the fair will be able to learn about employment, volunteer and educational opportunities, religious services, and leisure and recreation activities. Special emphasis is put on resiliency building programs for people of all ages.

“Taking care of families, especially new families coming into the community, is a priority for the garrison. The C.A.R.E. Fair not only helps ready these families for life in Stuttgart and in a foreign country, but also provides them a one-stop opportunity for our resiliency-building programs. To me this is what makes the C.A.R.E. Fair so powerful and wonderful,” said Greg Holzinger, the USAG Stuttgart Family and MWR director.

In addition, newcomers may discover some needed household items at the Family and MWR-hosted flea market that will be held during the same time period on the sidewalk outside of the Exchange. More than 40 families will participate.

C.A.R.E. Fair Participants

AAFES Exchange School Meal Program sign ups

German-American Womens Club

Stuttgart Harley Davidson Club

United Service Organizations

American Red Cross

Association of the U.S. Army

Army Recruiting

Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service

Service Credit Union

Community Bank

Stuttgart Community Spouses Club

Stuttgart German American Wandering Club

Black Forest Quilters Club

Blue Star Families

Central Texas College

University of Maryland

University of Oklahoma

Boy and Girl Scouts

Stuttgart Dental Clinic

Stuttgart Military Community Eishockey Club

Stuttgart Piranhas

Stuttgart Select Soccer

Thursday Morning Women’s Bowling League

Patch Ski Club

Sitzmarkers Ski and Snowboard Club

VFW Post 10810

Knights of Columbus

Military Associated Stuttgart Homeschoolers

Böblingen Elementary School PTA

Patch Elementary School PTA

RB Elementary/ Middle School PTSA

Patch High School PTO

Patch High School Music Boosters

Stuttgart Civilian Personnel Advisory Center

Non-Appropriated Human Resources Office

Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic

Stuttgart Army Health Clinic

• Managed Care/Tricare

• Community Health Nurse

• Stuttgart Wellness Center

• Behavioral Health consultant

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart

• Housing Office

• Environmental Office

• Fire Department

• Army Community Service

– Women Infants and Children Overseas

– Employment Readiness

– SHARP

• Safety Office

• Army Substance Abuse Program

• Retiree Support Center

• Family and MWR

– Arts and Crafts

– Entertainment

– Outdoor Recreation

– Sports and Fitness

– Youth and School Services

– VAT/UTAP

– BOSS

• Religious Support Operations

• Chaplain’s Office

–  Protestant Women of the Chapel

– Catholic Women of the Chapel

– Mothers of Preschoolers

– Youth Ministries

– Catholic Religious Education