A new Family Readiness Center will open Friday for the Sasebo Naval Base community, according to the head of the base’s Family Readiness Group.

The center at Hario Village will be a place for military spouses and their children to spend time through the week, especially when servicemembers are at sea, said Tiffany Isaacson, the head of the readiness group.

Anyone can use the facility, Isaacson said. But the main goal is to give spouses and their small children an indoor place where the kids can play and the parents can relax and talk, she said.

Volunteers will staff the center and help watch the kids to give mom and dad a break.

“It’s for the community, run by the community, for spouses and their kids,” she said last week. “It’s not a daycare center.”

The building on Hario was donated by Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Isaacson said. Navy Seabees painted the walls, built shelves and put in the beginnings of a small garden outside. The USO donated coffee and tea, and the readiness group donated $1,000 toward the center, she said.

The grand opening is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. The center has no set hours yet. Isaacson is still collecting names and available times for volunteers.

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