The life of a military spouse is full of fresh starts and new beginnings. A “fresh start” can sound promising, but also comes with challenges. Service members can change duty locations every 1-3 years, which means that their families are often picking up and starting over just as they have begun to feel settled. Military life can often leave spouses feeling isolated and overwhelmed while losing a sense of self.
USO Hawaii now offers a new program specifically for active duty spouses to facilitate connections within their local community. Whether it be social or professional, USO Coffee Connections are designed to bring spouses together, empower them, and expand their network. Coffee Connections are casual, monthly gatherings that allow spouses to meet new people and share information and advice over a cup of coffee and pastries. There may even be an optional craft or activity to break the ice.
Our first few Coffee Connections at USO Schofield Barracks sparked conversations about careers, local support for parents, personal development, and exploring the islands. Spouses were able to take some time to relax, paint, and make new friends. The best thing about being a part of these conversations was being able to appreciate that everyone had something to contribute. Each spouse had a fresh perspective, a different experience, or valuable advice based on their diverse backgrounds. If you are stationed here on Oahu, we would love to see you at our next Coffee Connection, at USO Schofield Barracks and USO JBPHH.
2019 Coffee Connection Schedule of Events:
Sep 3: USO Schofield Barracks - Register here
October 15: Military Spouse Networking Event (This innovative program provides military spouses with an opportunity to make quality connection and develop their network through speed networking-style events. More information soon!)
Nov 5: USO JBPHH
Dec 3: USO Schofield Barracks
Follow our USO Hawaii Facebook page for future Coffee Connection dates and more information on our Military Spouse Networking Event on October 15!
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