LWC to Support Lakewood Community Services Center
Lakewood Women’s Club voted to support Lakewood Community Services Center as it’s grant recipient for the upcoming 2011-13 period.
Lakewood Community Services Center (formerly known as Lakewood Christian Service Center) was founded in 1982 by 12 Lakewood churches as a cooperative response to the needs of Lakewood residents. The Center was originally located at Faith Presbyterian Church, was open four hours each week and was completely volunteer run. By 1984 the Center had relocated to a storefront space on Detroit Avenue and was open six hours each week and had recruited a part-time director. In addition to providing emergency food assistance, the Center worked to provide job assistance and referrals to agencies for rent and utility assistance. After two further storefront moves on Madison Avenue, the Center located to 1412 Marlowe where it was housed for 20 years. In February 2009 the Center relocated to its current 5,250 square foot space at 14230 Madison Avenue.
Today the Center is open five days and one evening each week, employs three full-time and four part-time staff, and is supported by over 50 volunteers.
LCSC provides unduplicated services in the following key areas:
• LCSC is the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s designated hunger center serving
Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake;
• LCSC is the point of access for Lakewood residents who qualify for the City of Lakewood’s Emergency Shelter Grant funds for one-time rent and/or utility assistance to prevent homelessness;
• LCSC is the center for the HUD-funded Supportive Housing Program, which assists homeless individuals referred by shelters, residential treatment programs and social service agencies throughout the area to secure and maintain stable housing anywhere in western Cuyahoga County;
• LCSC is the point of access for the City of Lakewood’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus dollars that provide homeless prevention help to qualified Lakewood residents;
• LCSC refers clients to organizations and agencies for specific additional services, such as health care, mental health and chemical dependency counseling, early childhood and youth services, educational assistance and employment services.