About LIFRC

We envision the Lopez Island community as a family

in which all can lead positive, meaningful lives, knowing that our own and our neighbors' basic needs are met.

Our History

Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) was launched in 1997 as a remote rural community’s effort to address the needs of its youth and families. Our local economy is largely driven by seasonal employment with hourly wages in tourism, hospitality, agriculture and the trades. Lopezians often work two or three jobs plus plant home gardens to make ends meet. Still, many of our neighbors encounter economic barriers to safety net services. At the time of our founding, more than 50 percent of the island’s children qualified for subsidized school lunches and many households lacked access to adequate housing, nutrition, or health care.

As LIFRC began offering support services to 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 effects of social and geographical isolation. In the absence of critical support services, the organization evolved and grew in response to the community’s needs.

What We Do

Our mission is to provide resources and guidance necessary to meet the basic needs of the entire community. Building on this foundation of wellbeing, we also provide educational and engagement programs, and advocate for a more just and equitable community.

We offer a range of evidence-based programs within the following areas:

Household Well-being, Youth Programs, Advocacy, and COVID-19 ResponseWe are committed to islanders' lifelong growth and self-improvement in an environment of respect, kindness, and compassion.

Who We Serve

Our service area is Lopez Island, located in the Salish Sea within the archipelago of the San Juan Islands. Our clients reflect the diversity and beauty of this place we call home. LIFRC's programs currently reach more than 90 percent of the island’s youth and a large percentage of their families, seniors, people for whom English is a second language or people who need support with basic household expenses or personal well-being.

 

We are dedicated to self-directed services and listening to each voice in our community. 

Who We Are

We're a mission-driven and value-led team of staff, volunteers, donors, community partners, neighbors, and families working together to build a better Lopez. Our values of collaboration, diversity and inclusion guide us to lead with community-defined goals and form meaningful partnerships and relationships to make lasting impacts on Lopez. 

Find a full list of LIFRC staff and board HERE

Learn firsthand about LIFRC from staff and clients in a video created with the assistance of several local youth!

We acknowledge the sovereignty of the Coast Salish people and that we are on their unceded ancestral land. We honor with gratitude the Coast Salish tribes' stewardship, sacred beliefs, and connection to this land and sea since time immemorial. Recognizing both past and present harms, we seek opportunities for healing and justice.