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The number of households coming to LCSC for assistance in continues to grow. By the end of 2012, LCSC will have provided emergency food assistance to 10,000 unduplicated individuals, which equates to over 18% of the total population of the City of Lakewood. Every month at least 10% of the individuals coming for food have never needed this service in the past and even more troubling is the fact that over 50% of these clients have an annual income at or below $10,000. In addition to needing food, many individuals require the support of case management from our social workers - at least 35% of the individuals who come to the Center need assistance with housing and/or referrals to partner service providers in the community
We could not begin to keep pace with these critical needs without your support. Please join us in making an important difference in the lives of our neighbors.
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6pm - 10pm
The Community Garden at Madison Park
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lakewood Community Services Center:
• Distributes 25,000 pounds of
emergency food every month
• Provides services to over 7,000
individuals every year
• Provides enough food for over
300,000 meals each year
• Prevents 600 families from
becoming homeless each year
• Helps 30 formerly homeless
families secure stable housing
It's simple to support our neighbors in need!
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Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
~ Robert F. Kennedy
Lakewood Community Services Center
Providing ongoing support to our neighbors in need
Thank You to All Who Participated in Adopt a Family
The generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses enabled LCSC to match 54 client families with Adopt a Family sponsors this holiday season. Because of this outpouring of good will, literally hundreds of local children experienced the joy of Christmas morning.
In addition to our appreciation to all the individuals who partcipated, we would like to extend our special appreciation to the following groups:
Lakewood Catholic Academy
Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club
Lakewood United Methodist Church
Meridian Condominium Association
Rocky River United Methodist Church
In addition to the Adopt a Family program, community groups also provided special support to LCSC client families during the holiday season. Our thanks to:
Harding Middle School
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation
Lakewood High School National Honor Society
Omni Property Management, Inc.
Steve Barry Buick
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
~ Chinese Proverb
You won't want to miss got green? on Friday September 7th!
Steve Schimoler, owner and executive chef of award-winning Crop Bar and Bistro in Ohio City, is this year's celebrity chef. Chef Schimoler promises a fresh and whimsical menu celebrating our local late summer/early fall harvest.
Back by overwhelming demand is Kristine Jackson and KJ Blues who rocked the house (garden?) last year and had party goers dancing on the garden paths. Joining Kristine at the end of the evening will be Chef Schimoler and his band Cream of the Crop! Rock meets blues at got green? this year.
Two fabulous raffle prizes!!
• Tour de Crop a seven course tasting menu for two with
wine pairings at Crop Bistro and Bar¹s Chef¹s Table courtesy
of Chef Schimoler
• Tulum Riviera Maya two round trip tickets and four
day/three night stay at a luxurious beachfront villa in Tulum,
Mexico courtesy of Abode Living
• New this year is a silent auction that celebrates Cleveland's
most popular neighborhoods. You'll have the opportunity
to bid on unique packages from Downtown, Ohio City,
Tremont, Detroit Shoreway and of course Lakewood.
All proceeds from this great event support LCSC's work in the community.
You won't want to miss it!!
"This initiative will allow Murtis Taylor HSS and Lakewood Community Services Center to integrate treatment services with community services in a person-centered environment. This is the very embodiment of our founder¹s vision, Mrs. Murtis Taylor"
Lovell Custard, President & CEO, Murtis Taylor Human Services
"We must fight against the tendency to stigmatize those suffering from mental illness. This partnership recognizes that the necessity for housing, food, mental healthcare, primary healthcare and other basic human needs affects us all regardless of labels."
David Brown, Director of Adult Mental Health, Murtis Taylor Human Services System
We are extremely pleased to announce that with generous funding from Community West Foundation, in January 2013, Lakewood Community Services Center and Murtis Taylor Human Services System will launch a unique collaborative effort that will allow LCSC to hire a third full-time social worker and will enable Murtis Taylor to co-locate behavioral health care staff at LCSC.