The Lopez Island Family Resource Center was launched in 1997 by a Washington State Readiness to Learn Grant. It began as an isolated community’s effort to address the needs of its youth. At the time, more than 50 percent of the island’s children lived in poverty, many without adequate housing, nutrition or health care. As LIFRC began offering support services to those children and their families, it became apparent that a plethora of other social issues were going unaddressed – families facing issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, mental health issues, or simply the affects of social and geographical isolation had many needs and little support due to the lack of resources offered on Lopez Island. As the LIFRC’s staff, board and volunteers recognized the absence of critical support services, the organization evolved and grew in response to the community’s needs. The programs that are facilitated by and through the LIFRC today reach more than 90% of the islands’ youth, and a large percentage of their families and community members. Not only does the LIFRC provide a critical safety net for families in crisis, it continually works to help families improve their ability to access community resources, with the ultimate goal being the promotion of family self-sufficiency


Time line

1997 Readiness to Learn Program

1998 Mentor Program, Family Support Program, Holiday Giving Program.

1999 Peer Helper Program, Kids Summer workshops

2000 Mother Me Program and Parenting Classes, After School Programs, Respite Care

2001 School Family Lunches

2002 AmeriCorps Program

2003 Girls Group Program, Skate Park, DEPA Program, Lopez Fresh Energy Assistance Program

2004 Technology Lab, Notre Dame Internships, Pumpkin carving.

2005 English Language Learner Program

2006 Digital Media Classes at school

2007 Small Business Classes, Primary Intervention Program, Youth Services Program.

2008 Financial Literacy Programs

2009 Baby, Toddlers and Me Program

2010 Communities Connect Network Project, Parenting Teens Workshops

2011  Community Wellness Program, Preschool Primary Intervention (PIP) Program, Parent Education Program

2012  Transportation Voucher Program, Parent Support Group at School, Small Business Peer Mentor Group

2013  Affordable Care Act In Person Assisters Program

2015  Parent/Tot Program, Community Conversations

2016  Safecare Program, Community Needs Assessment, Compassionate School Program