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 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.
During the 2011/2012 strategic planning process 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 was an important step to realizing the organization’s mission and positively impacting the health and well being of our clients. The collaboration with Murtis Taylor Human Services System, now in its eighth year, was the outcome of the strategic plan. To learn more about our programs and services, please click here.