Lakewood Community Services Center, with its partners, serves the community by providing basic needs assistance and personalized resource and referral services with the goal of empowering each individual to move toward greater self sufficiency.
Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC) was founded in 1982 by 12 Lakewood churches with the purpose of providing food assistance to Lakewood residents in need. For 27 years the organization maintained its presence out of storefronts with space limitations that significantly limited the scope and quality of the organization’s services. In 2009 LCSC relocated to its current 5,200 square foot space, which has had a positive impact on the quality and the scope of the programs and services offered to the community. All LCSC staff has been hired since the relocation in an effort to provide appropriate and professional services to our consumers. The LCSC professional staff is supported by 60+ volunteers who share our commitment to providing the highest quality services in the most respectful environment.
In 2011 the Board of Directors unanimously approved changing the name of the organization from Lakewood Christian Service Center to Lakewood Community Services Center to better reflect our mission and the clients we serve. This was a significant move that had the support of the 12 founding churches and was done with input from the lead pastors at the four Lakewood churches that provide significant financial support to LCSC and its mission.
The most significant evolution came as a result of the 2011/2012 strategic planning process. At that time LCSC determined that we were not delivering on our mission to move clients toward self sufficiency, but remained focused on meeting basic needs. Staff and Board determined that offering onsite mental/behavioral health services and an onsite employment program were the two highest priorities. Both programs have been implemented.
See the Programs and Services Section to learn more.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Leah S. Gary, Chair
Retired President, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
Ryan Babiuch, Treasurer
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aranoff, LLP
Daniel Wyman, Secretary
City of Lakewood, Department of Planning and Development
Rev. G. Keith Owen, II
St. Peter Episcopal Church
AFL-CIO/City of Lakewood Councilperson Ward 4
Ken Lipka, LSW, LCDC III
Senior Manager, Client Services
Raymond Oslin, LSW
Manager, Client Services
Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator