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City of Westlake
27700 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145
M – F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Community Services Department
29694 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH 44145-5117
Phone: 440.899.3544
Fax: 440.899.3548

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Community Services Department offers programs and activities to enrich the lives of the fifty-plus population at Westlake Center and provides a system of social services for Westlake residents of all ages. A variety of social, educational and recreational activities are offered as well as health screenings. The social service staff of the department serves as a resource for referrals, information, emergency food for qualified Westlake residents, discount program applications, and offers a daily safety phone check and transportation for older and disabled adults.


Community Services Staff

Lydia Gadd

Activity Planner
Jennifer Yoo

Outreach Coordinator
Donna Feorene

Youth Coordinator
Madeline Crandall


Office Manager
Cindi Lindgren

Activity Planner
Jodi Rodriguez

Coordinator of Volunteer Services
Susan Louisell

Administrative Assistant
Michele Hassen

Community Garden

The Community Garden is a partnership between St. John Medical Center and the City of Westlake. Madeline Crandall is the garden manager for the collaborative community garden and will answer resident’s questions and take reservations for garden plots.

For more information Madeline Crandall.


Youth Services

The Youth Coordinator serves as the liaison to the Westlake Police Department's Community Diversion Program. This program provides services for those juveniles who have been identified as first time offenders. Services that may be provided include assessments, counseling, coordination of community service and other sanctions, referrals and follow up activities. The Youth Coordinator also serves as the city representative for coordination of youth services and programs with Westlake schools, Westlake Recreation, social service agencies, and the Westlake Police Department (including the School Resource Officer(s), DARE officer, and Juvenile officers).


Social Services

The Outreach Coordinator offers an array of services and referrals to all residents of the community. Various types of assistance are available to older adults and low-income residents who meet program qualifications. This assistance includes monthly availability of an emergency three-day supply of non-perishable food, holiday baskets at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and other emergency needs.


Referrals and Applications

Referrals include such things as home health care, adult day care, senior housing, Meals on Wheels, alternative transportation, employment options, Ohio Benefit Bank, and geriatric assessments. We have consultations available for legal and Medicare assistance. Applications and information are available for Community Response Transit and St. John West Shore Hospital Senior Supper Club, as well as for the following programs:


Wellness Programs

Wellness Programs include health and housing fairs, health programs, health screenings (blood pressure, blood sugar, osteoporosis, cholesterol), annual flu immunizations, exercise classes, Yoga and Arthritis Foundation Exercise/Tai Chi programs.

Support groups meeting regularly at Westlake Center include Stroke and Parkinsons, Grief, Memory Club, and Diabetes.

Are You O.K? ®, a no-cost computerized calling system that makes daily calls to older or impaired residents, is also available to qualified residents.

All social services inquiries are confidential.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Developed at Stanford University Patient Research Center, this six week workshop guides people with chronic conditions as well as helps them to deal with the impact that these diseases may have on their lives and emotions. A five year research project found that people who took the program when compared with those that did not, improved their healthful behaviors, improved their health status, and decreased their days in the hospital.


Transportation Policy

Westlake's unassisted transportation service is available to older or disabled adult residents who have no alternate means of transportation. Destinations include medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, beauty salons, barber shops, area malls, Westlake Porter Public Library, and Westlake Center. Physical therapy, radiation or chemotherapy, dialysis, and nursing home visits are also included. Wheelchair transportation is available.

Click here to view Westlake Center's Transportation 2015 Policy and Procedures booklet.


Fifty Plus Programs & Activities

Fifty Plus programs and activities are designed for a wide range of participants with a variety of interests and needs and may include the following:

  • AARP Driver Safety
  • AARP Income Tax Prep
  • A Healthy You Workshop
  • Art Appreciation
  • Arthritis / Tai Chi
  • Asian Exercise
  • Bingo for Fun
  • Board Games
  • Bocce
  • Book Discussion
  • Book Review
  • Bridge
  • Chair Massage
  • Chess
  • Diabetes Self Management Workshop
  • Exercise Class
  • Health Screenings
  • History
  • Holiday & Theme Parties
  • Informational Programs
  • Legal Help
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Luncheons with Programs
  • Meet & Eat
  • Men's Morning
  • Movies
  • Music Appreciation
  • Musical Bingo
  • Pinochle
  • Poker
  • Reserve Cards
  • Sing-along & Lunch
  • Walkers
  • Watercolor class
  • Westlake Walkers
  • Wii Bowling
  • Yoga


Click Here to download the latest Fifty Plus Newsletter.


Monthly Calendar

A monthly schedule of activities is organized by the Community Services Department in a condensed calendar format.

March 2015 Calendar - click here
February 2015 Calendar - click here


Hyways & Byways Travel Brochure
Hyways & Byways is published annually and includes information about upcoming trips offered through Westlake Center. Trips include mini trips (limited to 9 people), day trips, multi-day trips, and international travel. Trips are open to adults 18 and over.

The 2015 edition of Hyways and Byways is coming soon.


Volunteer and Service Opportunities
The city of Westlake and its many local non-profit organizations offer an array of opportunities for individuals to invest their time and talents in meaningful projects that provide valuable services and generate positive growth for individuals and the community as a whole.

Names of some programs and organizations that link to detailed information are listed below.

An extensive list of area organizations, always open to volunteers, is maintained by Westlake Porter Library. A copy of that list may be accessed by Clicking Here.


The Gift that Gives

To make a gift to the Community Services Department in celebration of a loved one's birthday, anniversary, or other special event, in sympathy, or in memorial of a loved one, a form is available. Click here to access this form.


Online Resources