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Family Resource Center
Call the Family Resource Center at 253-967-9496, Directions to FRC: from Main Gate | from Dupont Gate
Management and Hours of Operation
The FRC is managed by Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS), and Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). Regular business hours are 0730-1630.
The white and green building which houses the FRC was constructed in the Greek Revival Style by the American Red Cross in 1917.
On February 23, 1918, it opened as a recreational facility for convalescing soldiers at Camp Lewis. The cross-shaped building provided a lounge, library, kitchen, and accommodations for relatives.
The renovation of the center was accomplished by the Directorate of Public Works craftsmen with assistance from the Seattle District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The renovation was completed in April 1996.
Click here for a detailed recount of the FRC history.
The FRC is available for reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a space-available basis. There is no charge to use our facility; however, you are responsible for clean-up to prepare for use, following your event. The priority for use of the FRC is as follows:
Users are requested to notify the FRC, a minimum of 72 hours in advance, if they decide not to use the date reserved so that it may be offered to other groups. If you have recurring reservations and you have a total of three cancellations/no-show’s your recurring reservation will be cancelled. However, you will be allowed to make reservations on a space-available basis.
FRG Recurring Reservations:
Reservations for FY17 recurring FRG meetings open August 29, 2016. Opportunities will be lottery style, with numbers drawn beginning at 0900. Reservations are limited to one organization per person, during the initial yearly sign-up. Unit functions and Private Organizations may sign-up for recurring reservations Aug. 30.
All Other Reservations:
FRC reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Phone calls may be made, in advance, to check for availability.
Reservations will be honored based upon size of group and type of function; rooms available for reservation are the Conference Room (max 70), Kitchen/Dining Area (max 30), Upstairs Meeting Room (max 16).
Reservations can be made online at jblmafcs.checkappointments.com in person at the FRC.
Holiday Party Reservation Guidelines
The FRC is available for Holiday parties during the month of December, with reservations opening in October; reservation information will be published in the JBLM F&MWR Focus Magazine.
Eligibility for use of the FRC for Holiday parties is limited to those regularly authorized to use this facility (no private parties, please).
Reservations are available for 3 times per day: 1000-1400, 1400-1800, and 1800-2200. This time includes time for set up and clean up. Maximum capacity of the FRC is 125.
No alcohol, smoking, red/purple beverages, lit candles, or animals (unless they are a certified service animal) are allowed in the facility.
Reservations can be made online at jblmafcs.checkappointments.com or in person at the FRC.
No fundraising is permitted in the FRC at any time.
Family Resource Center - Room by Room
The FRC has a conference room equipped with tables, chairs, and a projector, screen and TV for meetings, with a capacity up to 70. This room is a great location for FRG or Key Spouse meetings, unit trainings, special ceremonies and more.
Upstairs Meeting Room
NEW! The FRC has new space available for trainings/briefings, during business hours for up to 16 people. This room is a more intimate space useful for smaller trainings and classes. Please note this room is no accessible via a wheelchair. Please contact the FRC front desk for more information.
Child Care Room
The FRC has a fully equipped, CYSS certified child care room with a capacity of 11 children. Kids-On-Site (KOS), is available through CYSS, to provide childcare at the expense of the requesting group.
All parents attending meetings or functions at the FRC must remain on site while their children are in the building. A hand-out for full use information for the Child Care Room is available at the FRC front desk.
Kitchen and Dining Room
The FRC has a fully-equipped kitchen, suitable for either meetings or unit parties. The kitchen is furnished with pots & pans, dishes, silverware, and cooking utensils. Available for use is a double-oven range, refrigerator, coffee makers, microwave and dishwasher. The dining room can seat 25 people at tables and chairs. The capacity increases to 30 for other uses.
The Great Room has a fireplace, comfortable seating and is used as an overflow area. This room may not be reserved exclusively for events.
This room is especially popular during the holiday party season, when the building is decorated and groups reserve the whole facility. The fireplace can be a wonderful photograph opportunity (senior class portraits, pictures Santa, etc.). Feel free to contact us for more information.
Family Resource Center Resources
Production Resources Available
Support Agencies within the FRC
The Installation Volunteer Corps (IVC) office is located in the Family Resource Center and is available to assist with the Volunteer Information Management System (VMIS) website, information on volunteerism, awards, and recognition. Volunteer opportunities on JBLM may be found at http://myarmyonesource.com. For more info, call 253-967-2324 or visit the IVC website.
The Private Organization (PO) office, located in the Family Resource Center (253-967-9496). The PO office maintains management of the JBLM Private Organizations and the JBLM fundraising calendar for the Commissaries, Exchanges and Mini-Mall. FRGs and Key Spouses who are interested in coordinating bake sales please contact us.
Armed Forces Family Team Building (AFFTB) is a training program that provides participants with an understanding of military culture. The three training levels are Military Knowledge, Personal Growth & Resiliency, and Leadership Development. For further details, please call: 253-967-2382 or visit the AFFTB website.
Armed Forces Family Action Plan (AFFAP) is a grassroots initiative to identify and prioritize military life issues to military leadership. If you are a JBLM Military community member, you can be part of the AFFAP process. Complete an issue form found at AFCS website. AFFAP hosts an annual conference; for more information call 253-967-3689 or visit the AFFAP website.