What’s happening this month at the Family Resource Center

The Readiness To Learn Foundation would like to congratulate all 2011 South Whidbey graduating students! Your hard work has paid off, your families are proud, and now you are on your way to adult independence and a bright future!

Families In Transition program

Our Families In Transition program addresses the ever-growing challenge of families facing homelessness. We are here to offer ways in which to keep students stabilized in school while in transition. We can address family basic needs, DSHS outreach, resources to other helping agencies and more.

This summer the Whidbey Island Nourishes program is offering a “Summer Food Program for Children” at the South Whidbey Park & Rec District headquarters from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lunches will be provided to youth. WIN also provides the Back Pack Lunch Program at the Good Cheer Food Bank, the South Whidbey Common’s Coffeehouse in Langley, Good Cheer 2, and Freeland’s location.

Please call Miriam Coates, director of programs, at 221-8819, for more information. Thank you.

This year Families In Transition assisted 46 students and their families. Our Family & Student Advocate and Homeless Liaison for SW School District are available year-round. Come visit the resource center and learn about our individualized services. We are here to support you!

Supportive Groups

RAPP - Relatives as Parents Program

Are you raising a relative’s child? Is the child your grandchild, niece or nephew?

You are not alone! There are more than 35,000 grandparents and other relatives raising children in Washington state.

Would you like to join an informal group of relative caregivers who understand what you are going through? You are invited to attend a RAPP meeting once a month in the Family Resource Center. We also welcome drop-ins. We are located at the primary school campus in the light green portable next to the small playground.

For more information or to sign up, call Marilynn Norby at 221-6808, ext. 4602.

Single Mom’s Group

Our group is open to any mom who is parenting alone, or feels alone, and needs the support of other single moms.

Join this great group in a casual and confidential atmosphere, right here in the Family Resource Center. We meet once a month and provide a light dinner and free childcare (upon request). Bring yourself, your ideas, your joys and your challenges to this supportive environment. The next meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16.

For more information and for RSVP with childcare please call 221-6808, ext. 4602 or our direct line at 221-0484.


Parents of Special Needs Children Group

The Parents of Special Needs Support Group will be meeting informally over summer. For information about this summer’s plans, and to join other families to share in the fun, support, and to make new connections call the center at 221-0484.


Mother Mentors

“Free vital support for families with young children.”

This is a program offered by volunteer women who remember what it is like to be at home with little ones. Do you have a newborn? An older child (or children) and a newborn? Mother Mentors is there to assist! To learn more call their new number at 221-0484 or e-mail them at

Mother Mentors is our newest program under the Readiness To Learn Foundation.

DSHS Outreach

Heidi Blindauer, our DSHS outreach worker, will be in the Family Resource Center Tuesdays (formerly Wednesdays) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break from noon to 1 p.m.

On the third Tuesday of the month, hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon. Save yourself a trip to Oak Harbor when applying for the food program, medical benefits, and childcare benefits by making a south-end appointment. Heidi will meet with you privately to help with the application process, and answer any questions you may have. Call the FRC directly at 221-0484 or at 221-6808, ext. 4602.

Look for the new DSHS Internet Kiosk at the Family Resource Center that will provide links to more family resources and allow you to start the process yourself online.

Back To School Project!

Even though school is not out yet, we, at Readiness To Learn, are gearing up for our annual BTS project. This is the 13th year of this fantastic, community-involved, program which provides new school supplies, back packs, and clothing gift cards to eligible families.

The project will start mid-August with a letter and call to families. If you are new to the community or have never accessed the Family Resource Center, call 221-0484 for more information.

Donors, think about picking up a few extra supplies to donate to our BTS boxes that will be distributed throughout South Whidbey businesses. We will also be mailing donor letters to our generous South Whidbey businesses so that they may take part in this terrific project that helps kids and families be ready for school in the fall. A big thank you in advance!


June’s Volunteer of the Month

We are pleased to announce Linda Ade Ridder as our volunteer of the month!

Linda is a recent RTL board member as well as one of the founding members for Mother Mentors,  RTL’s newest program which helps support families with young children. Linda is an amazing woman. She is both intuitive and thorough.  She expresses herself and listens well. Besides the strong leadership skills she brings to our board she is passionate and dedicated toward helping people.

Linda is an inspiration to all who know her and we are overjoyed to share her talent and time with us. Thank you Linda!

Contact Information:

Readiness To Learn Foundation/

SW Family Resource Center

SW primary school campus,

in the light-green portable,

5476 S. Maxwelton Road, Langley. Call 221-6808, ext. 4322 or ext. 4602 for more information.


Direct line: 221-0484 or


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