Lopez Island Family Resource Center

The Lopez Island Family Resource Center offers programs and services to support, enrich, educate, and most importantly empower the Lopez community. We recognize the realities of island life; our programs celebrate the advantages and address the challenges of our small, isolated community.

When children, families, and individuals face difficult times, we act as a safety net, helping them meet basic needs through:

ACCESS TO HOUSEHOLD SUPPORTS –The LIFRC assures household stability by offering assistance with housing, applications or referrals to support services for food, energy assistance, transportation, clothing, healthcare, mental health counseling, and many more programs.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT –The LIFRC provides social activities and programs, as well as play-therapy and counseling resources.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES -The LIFRC enriches learning experiences for individuals of all ages and support for small businesses.

Click here to register online for a workshop

You will need a credit/debit card to register

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS -The LIFRC provides positive role models and educational activities that promote healthy youth development.

ADVOCATING FOR A JUST COMMUNITY –The LIFRC works with other organizations and community members to host community conversations about important issues, facilitate meetings to address community needs and create systems changes, and implement the Compassionate Schools/Community Philosophy.

Above all, our goal is to facilitate the building of bridges within our unique community, allowing people to connect as teachers, mentors, helpers, and friends.  If you would like to learn more about the Resource Center, please visit: LIFRC Presentation 2016.

To answer any questions or provide additional information, please call us at (360) 468-4117 or email us at lifrc@rockisland.com


Upcoming Compassionate Community Events

We are on our way to creating a great week long set of compassion events for April 22-28. Please join us to continue our work on Monday, January 30th at 4 pm at Vortex.

“COMPASSION LOPEZ – CULTIVATING KINDNESS” will be the official name for our weeklong compassion events.  “LOVE THIS PLACE” will be the theme.

The goal is to build upon and strengthen the compassion in our community with a wide variety of activities that get everyone out interacting with each other.  A detailed document of what was discussed is below. Also, below is the Compassion Charter and Flyer which is mentioned in the summary document.

We Need Your Help By:

  • Sharing this information with others
  • Talking about this with any groups you are involved with
  • Joining our next planning meeting on January 31st at 4:00 pm
  • Thinking about compassion activities you could host during April 22-28
  • If you are a business or organization, becoming a “Compassion HotSpot”
  • Volunteer to help out during April 22-28

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

Community Conversations and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Mayumi Tsutakawa, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place on January, 28 at 6:30 pm at Grace Church Hall. 

This talk is free and open to the public, and childcare will be provided.

mayumi-tsutakawaDescription: In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese goods, and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered.

Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes. Most Seattle Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, and when they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs.

How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred? The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 is in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.

Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She also edited two books on pioneer Asian American artists: They Painted from their Hearts and Turning Shadows into Light. Tsutakawa received her master’s degree in communications and her bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. Her graduate thesis is one of the few documents to research pre-war Japanese American newspapers. Tsutakawa also was manager of grants for the Washington State Arts Commission and previously directed King County’s arts and historic preservation programs.

Tsutakawa lives in Seattle.