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

About Us

Our MissionPlanting tulips

Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center 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.  The Family Resource Center’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 Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center,  formerly 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. The Family Resource Center 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

Jennifer Armstrong: Director

Cindy Gutierrez: Office Manager, Health Insurance Navigator

Yubi Schollmeyer: Preschool Intervention Program, Family Support Specialist, Case Manager & Spanish Language Services

Ashley Strutz, Mentor Program Coordinator, Island Neighbors Coordinator & Case Manager

Betsey Ferguson: Family Support Specialist

Kristy Schmidt: English Language Learning Children’s Enrichment Teacher

2018 Board of Directors

Marty Huleatte, President

Beth Helstien, Treasurer

Susan Leff, Secretary

Samantha Bryner

Patsi Brletich

Dave Zeretzke

Nonprofit status

San Juan Island Family Resource Center (dba Joyce L. Sobel 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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