PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Lakewood Community Services Center offers a comprehensive menu of supportive services, delivered in a caring, confidential and respectful environment, with the goal to positively impact the safety and stability of our community ad to help instill hope for a better future in all our clients.
Emergency Food Pantry
THERE IS NO REASON FOR ANY CHILD OR ADULT IN OUR COMMUNITY TO BE HUNGRY
As a Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland partner, LCSC is the designated emergency food center serving Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake. LCSC provides a minimum of a three-day supply of food every 30 days to individuals who come in for assistance. Every effort is made to offer the healthiest food choices to the thousands of individuals who come in each month. With funding from United Way of Greater Cleveland, we are able to make three trips every week to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Marketplace to secure an average 1,000 pounds of free fresh produce every week.
LCSC is the site of a seasonal free farmers market on the first Tuesday of the month during the growing season in Ohio. Over 10,000 pounds of free fresh produce is available each month through this important Greater Cleveland Food Bank initiative.
Local retailers including Blackbird Baking Company, Breadsmith, Giant Eagle and Marc’s donate to us every week.
Door-to-Door Senior Delivery
HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MEDICATION AND FOOD IS A DILEMMA NO SENIOR SHOULD FACE
With funding from United Way of Greater Cleveland and the support of dozens of volunteers from the City of Lakewood’s Help to Others (H2O) youth service organization and students from St. Edward High School, LCSC has been making monthly door-to-door food deliveries to seniors for five years. Each delivery comprises a three-day supply of food and always included fresh fruit from Calabrese Produce at the West Side Market. Every effort is made to include low-sodium and low-sugar products. Currently, deliveries are made to 500 residents in the Westerly Apartments, the South Westerly, Fedor Manor and Lake Shore Towers in Lakewood and to Pinzone Towers in Rocky River.
A HOT MEAL PLUS A WELCOME OPPORTUNITY FOR FELLOWSHIP AND SOCIALIZATION
The Lakewood Community Meals program is made possible by a network of volunteers at local churches and at St. Edward High School. Through the dedication of these volunteers, individuals are able to enjoy a free hot meal in a dignity-affirming setting on 16 days each month. For a complete list of the meal locations and hours of service, please click here.
If you are interested in volunteering at a community meal, please contact the individual host sites and ask for the Community Meal Coordinator.
SUMMER LUNCH AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
KIDS NEED HEALTHY LUNCHES AND HEALTHY ACTIVITIES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
With funding from United Way of Greater Cleveland, LCSC offers this summer program for Lakewood students in grades K through 5 who qualify for free or reduced price meals during the school year. Kids have opportunities including soccer skills, bowling at Mahall’s 20 Lanes, swim lessons at Madison Pool, library time at the Lakewood Public Library Madison Branch, field trips to the Beck Center for the Arts and to the Rocky River Nature Center, lot of outdoor play and crafts and games on rainy days.
And then there are the delicious lunches prepared by Lakewood’s own Karen King Catering. The menus include fresh fruit and fresh veggies every day. Who knew eating healthy could be so yummy??
The program is run by four LCSC summer staff members assisted by high school students who earn a stipend from Youth Opportunities Unlimited. We are grateful to Grace Lutheran Church for the generous use of their building for our host site.
Registration forms are sent to all Lakewood elementary schools just after spring break. This is a first come first served program and the 80 slots fill quickly. Make sure to get your child(ren) registered as early as possible!
STABLE HOUSING MAKES A POSITIVE IMPACT NOT ONLY ON OUR FAMILIES, BUT ALSO ON OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
The primary goal of Homelessness Prevention services is, as the program name implies, to prevent Lakewood residents from becoming homeless through a combination of case management, referrals to mainstream benefits and service providers and cash assistance for rent and/or utilities.
Housing Stability Case Management Services are provided to all clients. Housing stability can only be influenced by ongoing individualized services that include counseling, referrals and links to mainstream services and benefits, landlord mediation when needed, the development of an individual case plan with the goal of ensuring permanent, stable housing and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the client’s progress toward meeting the goal of maintaining sustainable housing.
Housing Search and Placement Services are provided by LCSC social workers to all clients who meet the program eligibility guidelines. The services are dependent on each client’s need for support in the search process. In almost every instance, clients need help negotiating with the landlord, most often to work out terms that allow them to remain in current housing after a court-ordered eviction has been filed. For individuals who want to or are forced to move, the LCSC social worker makes arrangements for an inspection to ensure a prospective rental unit meets HUD’s requirements and that landlords make the necessary repairs should the unit fail inspection. Most moving clients also need assistance – both cash and arrangements with providers – to get utilities either moved to a new apartment or turned on in the case of clients who have a utility shut off.
Financial Assistance in the form of security deposits, rent in arrears and utility deposits and payments can be available to qualified applicants.
MINIMIZING DISRUPTION BY KEEPING HOMELESS LAKEWOOD FAMILIES IN LAKEWOOD
LCSC’s Breathing Room offers short-term temporary shelter to Lakewood families who have become literally homeless and helps these families remain in Lakewood when they leave the shelter. A fully furnished and equipped two-bedroom apartment is available at no charge for a maximum stay of 30 days.
Providing a safe and comfortable apartment is only a small function of the program, which includes an exhaustive list of services designed to not only secure appropriate and affordable housing, but to provide links, referrals and case management to families who stay with us – all with the goal of helping them to remain securely housed for the long term.
Cash assistance in the form of security deposit/first month’s rent/utility payments is available to qualified families if necessary.
ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS TO SUCCEED IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH ACCESS TO NEEDED SERVICES
In collaboration with Murtis Taylor Human Services System, mental /behavioral health assistance is available at LCSC Monday through Friday for clients who would like to take advantage of any of the following options:
Counseling is provided to individuals living with a mental illness by Murtis Taylor Mental Health Therapists. Counseling provides a framework for an individual to work toward internal changes through insight, understanding, problem solving and addiction/behavioral intervention or support that helps an individual cope with stressful events that trigger a crisis.
A Case Manager provides management and coordination of mental health and addiction services. The Case Manager provides support and assists individuals to obtain needed services in the community. Case Management services also build resilience and improve and assist an individual to succeed in the community. Services are provided in the home as needed.
Individuals living with a mental illness, who also have a substance abuse or addiction problem, receive both mental health and substance abuse services to assist in their recovery.
Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses and Registered Nurses educate, speak with and manage each individual to ensure that the individual understands the diagnosis, symptoms, medications taken and the medications’ potential side effects. Medication Management services are provided at MTHSS’s Detroit Office at 9500 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102 and the Fulton Road Office at 3167 Fulton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109.
For more information, please call LCSC at 216.226.6466 and ask to speak to one of the Center’s social workers. To learn more about Murtis Taylor Human Services System, please visit www.murtistaylor.info.
ACCESSING BENEFITS AND SERVICES CAN BE DAUNTING WITHOUT HELP
From one-time referral to longer-term support, case management services link our clients to services available here in our community and throughout the broader city and county. LCSC’s licensed social workers are available during open hours to provide support and assistance as needed. No appointment is necessary.
A volunteer attorney is on site the second Wednesday evening each month to provide legal assistance for civil matters.