Submitted by Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor
The Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center in Friday Harbor is the primary centralized drop-in, resource and referral organization for delivery of social services and support programs on San Juan Island. During the pandemic, it has continued to play a primary role in connecting those who can use support with available resources.
In 2021 the federal government will be providing additional resources, including for rental and utility assistance, that are coming to our community. The need is bigger than usual, as are the sources of funds, but it will take additional staff time to make it happen.
Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will provide an additional gift of $5,000 this year to the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center. Half is designated to increase staff hours for employees helping islanders access the various COVID-related assistance programs funded the government and to help manage community programs. The remaining funds will be available for direct assistance to needy households to meet basic needs not covered by existing programs.