Committed to building on the strengths and capacities of our island families.

About Us

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The San Juan Island Family Resource Center (SJIFRC) is committed to helping all individuals and families in our community to achieve their highest potential by providing trained staff, volunteers and access to essential resources and programs that promote health and well-being.  SJIFRC’s goal is to ensure that every household in the San Juan Island community has the basic resources needed to be healthy, happy and productive.

Brief History

Since 1998, the San Juan Island Family Resource Center (SJIFRC) has served as the primary centralized drop-in, resource and referral organization for delivery of social services and support programs to over 1,000 San Juan Island households each year. The Family Resource Center was initially founded to provide our community with quality early childhood support programs such as youth mentoring, parenting classes, and parent-child playgroups that help reduce child abuse and optimize child development and family well-being. Over the years, our services have expanded to include assistance with many of the basic necessities of life such as emergency rental and utilities assistance, transportation, mental health counseling and access to medical care. SJIFRC also offers group and individualized programs that provide education, psychosocial support and case management with the goal of promoting stability and well-being for all members of our community.

Our Staff

Director – Jennifer Armstrong
Office Manager – Cindy Gutierrez
Family Support Specialist – Betsey Ferguson
Preschool PIP Specialist – Mary Jane Anderson
Youth Mental Health Intervention Coordinator – Terra Holmgren
Preschool to Kindergarten Transitions Coordinator – Jamie Rice
Spanish Language Outreach Coordinator – Lily Gonzalez
Spanish Language Parent Mentor – Susana Quiroz
Mentor Program – Gail Leschine-Seitz
Household Essentials Program Assistance – Amy Brainerd

2015 Board of Directors

President: Samantha Bryner, Realtor
Vice President: Martha Huleatte, Retired Educator
Secretary: Susan Leff, Director, San Juan County Personal Health Services
Treasurer: Patsy Brlteich, Realtor
At Large: Beth Helstien, San Juan Island Outreach Librarian

Nonprofit status

San Juan Island Family Resource Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Resource Center Hours

Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment

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