Family Resource Center

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Call the Family Resource Center at 253-967-9496, Directions to FRC: from Main Gate | from Dupont Gate

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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 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.

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:


FRC scheduled programs, briefings, and training.


FRGs with reoccurring meetings: Yearly reoccurring reservations run from Oct-Sep (excluding Dec).


Other than recurring FRG/unit meetings.


JBLM Private Organizations.
For further information on building usage, training programs, or other available resources, please call the FRC at 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 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.). Reservations are made online at

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.

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. Reservations are made online at

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.

AFCS Reservations Flyer

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. 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.

Reservations can be made online at

No fundraising is permitted in the FRC at any time.

Family Resource Center - Room by Room

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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

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.

 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

Family Resource Center Resources

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Production Resources Available

  1. Copy Machine
  2. General Office Supplies
  3. Trifold Machine
  4. Binding Machine
  5. Laptop (for use on-site)
  6. Free WiFi!
  7. An Amazing Support Staff to Assist You!

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 For more info, call 253-967-2324 or visit the IVC website.

The Private Organization (PO) office is located in the Family Resource Center (253-967-9496). The PO office provides oversight management of the JBLM Private Organizations along with the JBLM fundraising calendar for the Commissaries, Exchanges and Mini-Mall. FRGs and Key Spouses who are interested in coordinating bake sales please contact the PO Office for details.

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. For more information call 253-967-3689 or visit the AFFAP website.


AFCS Services Locations &
Hours of Operation


Family Resiliency Training for Military Families. Please visit

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Our Services

Family Resource Center
Event/Meeting/Training room reservations. The FRC is home to several AFCS programs & resources, including AFFAP, AFFTB, IVC and the Private Organizations office.

FRC Contact

4274 Idaho St. & 9th Div. Drive
JBLM-Lewis Main