A new outreach at Fort Gordon is designed for spouses of deployed soldiers.
"Yellow ribbons are symbolic of those waiting on a loved one," said Vanessa Stanley, Fort Gordon's Army Community Services chief, who developed the idea of the Yellow Ribbon Room, a place for spouses to meet for leisure and recreational activities.
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday and Thursday of each month at the Family Outreach Center, there is an activity or a time for spouses just to talk to one another.
Professional staffers will be there to offer assistance for linking to services offered to families.
Though the program is open to any military spouse, Stanley said the hope is to reach those spouses who don't live at Fort Gordon and whose soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, reservist or National Guardsman is deployed.
Stanley said wives of senior leaders at Fort Gordon have offered their support as "big sisters" to give "survival tips."
The Yellow Ribbon Room is the result of an informal needs assessment she conducted with spouses. The first meeting was in July, and spouses outlined things they'd like to do.
"Some spouses are interested in arts and crafts - activities to get their minds off their concerns with their loved ones and their regular daily tasks," she said.
The Aug. 14 meeting featured a jewelry-making workshop. Tuesday's meeting will feature a zumba class, a type of Latin dance, and aerobics.
Other areas of interest include baking, making window treatments, candlemaking, cross-stitch and movie nights.
Child care is available for the event.
For more information, call (706) 791-3579.
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