Senior and Community Services

Easter Food Distribution

Serving Westlake Residents of All Ages

The Senior and Community Services Department offers programs and activities to enrich the lives of the 50-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 and other wellness programs.

The social service staff of the department serves as a resource for information, emergency food for qualified Westlake residents, discount program applications and offers a daily safety phone check and transportation for older and disabled adults.

  1. Easter Food Distribution comes at critical time for local families

    Every year around this time, the Westlake Senior and Community Services Department holds its Easter Food Distribution program. This year's distribution effort served even more families than usual, given the current circumstances. Read on...
  2. Take an online fitness or yoga class!

    No one has to miss out on a quality workout guided by knowledgeable instructors thanks to a compilation of online fitness videos available on the Recreation Department's webpage. Read on...
  3. 100 Bags of Sunshine delivered to Westlake seniors

    100 Bags of Sunshine were delivered to seniors all across Westlake today in a great team effort between the Department for Senior and Community Services and the Westlake Police Department. Read on...
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Westshore Seniors 

Westlake engaged in an initiative with 7 neighboring senior centers to provide one (1) website that compiles all of the centers' activity calendars and information in one easily searchable location:

Residents who are 50 or older in any of the participating communities can attend programs and activities at any of the centers. 

Donation and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Community Services Department greatly appreciates the help individuals and organization provide by supporting activities, programs and client services for older adults. Sometimes these gifts are made in celebration of a loved one's birthday, anniversary, or other special event, in sympathy, or in memorial of a loved one. Some donations may be tax-deductible. Find more details in our donations and sponsorships (PDF) form.

Food Pantry

The food pantry also relies on donations from the community and local businesses to provide food and personal care items to qualified Westlake residents.  The food pantry is available year round to Westlake residents with limited incomes.  It includes an emergency three-day food supply of non-perishable food as well as holiday food baskets. 

Annual Sponsorship Breakfast

The annual Sponsorship Breakfast is held each November where current and prospective sponsors can see the events and activities available for sponsorship in the following year.  A sponsorship might be providing centerpieces or giveaways, underwriting a speaker's or entertainer's fee or underwriting a lunch where opportunities are available for small group activities of 10 to larger groups over 100.  The breakfast also provides an opportunity for sponsors to network. 
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Featured Event: 2020 Chili Cook-Off Highlights

IMG_8387The 2020 Annual Chili Cook-Off was a huge hit as usual! All proceeds will benefit programming for the Westlake Department for Senior and Community Services. 

Congratulations are in order for The Normandy Senior Living for taking First Prize in both the judges’ vote and the attendees’ vote. Matt Orear, food service director at The Normandy, said the secret to his chili’s sweet yet spicy flavor was chocolate and cinnamon. 

Second Place honors went to Sunrise Senior Living and Third Place went to the Community Services Center.

Once again, the judge’s table consisted of Mayor Dennis Clough, Police Chief Kevin Bielozer, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Freeman, Economic Development Manager Michelle Boczek and Ward 1 Councilperson Lynda Appel.