Family Resource Center (FRC)

Hours of Operation

The FRC may be reserved outside of regular business hours.

Monday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed

Contact

Family Resource Center
4274 Idaho Ave.
Google Map

WiFi Available

Tel:
+1(253)967-9496

Military DSN Tel:
(312)357-9496

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FRC History

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 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.

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Reservation Procedures & Cancellation Policy

Reservation Procedures

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:

  1. FRC scheduled programs, briefings, and training.
  2. FRGs with reoccurring meetings: Yearly reoccurring reservations run from Oct-Sep (excluding Dec).
  3. Other than recurring FRG/unit meetings.
  4. JBLM Private Organizations.

For further information on building usage, training programs, or other available resources, please call the FRC at +1(253)967-9496.

Cancellation Policy

Users are requested to cancel a reservation through their checkappointments (online) reservation confirmation email, so the time slot may be offered to other groups. If the cancellation is within 24 hours of the reservation, call +1(253)967-9496 for staff assistance.

Reservation Guidelines

FRG Recurring Reservations

Family Readiness Groups (FRG’s) are encouraged to use the Family Resource Center (FRC) for their meetings. Recurring reservations for the current Fiscal Year begin in September for the months of October-September (excluding Dec.). Make your reservations online.

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)

To reserve the entire building, make a reservation in both the Conference Room and the Kitchen/Dining Room, or call+1(253)967-9496.

All Other Reservations

Military Units, Governmental Offices and JBLM Private Organizations are also encouraged to use the FRC for trainings, meetings, etc. Also accepted are reservations for Promotion Ceremonies, Change of Command Receptions, Retirement Receptions, Reenlistment events, etc. Make your reservations online.

  • Conference Room (max 70)
  • Kitchen/Dining Area (max 30)

To reserve the entire building, make a reservation in both the Conference Room and the Kitchen/Dining Room, or call+1(253)967-9496.

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 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. Due to the high demand for the FRC at the Holiday season reservations are limited to one time slot per unit/organization.
  • No alcohol, smoking, red/purple beverages, lit candles, or animals (unless they are a bona fide service animal) are allowed in the facility.

Make your holiday reservations online.

No fundraising is permitted in the FRC at any time.

FRC Rooms Available

Conference 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. Additionally, wi-fi is
available to stream trainings, etc.

Conference Room Floor Plan

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.

Kitchen and Dining Room Floor Plan

Great Room

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.

Great Room Floor Plan

Child Care Room

The FRC has a fully equipped, CYS certified child care room with a capacity of 11 children. Kids-On-Site (KOS), is available through CYS, 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.

DPFR Programs & Resources at the FRC

Resources Available

  • Copy Machine
  • General Office Supplies
  • Trifold Machine
  • Binding Machine
  • Laptop (for use on-site)
  • Free WiFi!
  • An Amazing Support Staff to Assist You!

DPFR Programs in the FRC

DPFR Classes & Events

View & Register for Upcoming DPFR Events

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