Senior and Community Services

  1. Adopt A Family for the holidays

    If you are interested in becoming a donor for the 2020 Adopt A Family/Adult Program, click to find out how to get involved. Read on...
  2. Drive-in Event: Halloween Parade of Cars

    Family members of all ages are invited to celebrate Halloween “2020-style” on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m. (weather permitting) at the Westlake Community Services Center. Read on...
  3. Staff distributes hot meals to seniors

    Staff at the Senior and Community Services Center distributed free hot meals to Westlake seniors on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The event was part of an area-wide effort initiated by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Read on...
  4. First Drive-in-Bingo event a hit for Senior and Community Services

    The Westlake Senior and Community Services Center hosted its first Drive-in-Bingo event in the parking in front of the building. Winners received prizes of flowers and toiletries courtesy of Foundations Health Solutions. Read on...
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Easter Food Distribution

Interactive Emails

While most residents are staying put, the Department for Senior and Community Services is focused on helping everyone experience the world from the safety and comfort of their home through its interactive emails, sent out twice weekly to those who subscribe. Each email includes links to virtual tours and activities, inspirational messages, pictures from past events, important information for seniors, etc. One recent email included, among other things, a virtual Hawaiian vacation and pictures of the new Community Services Center, which is still under construction. Anyone interested in becoming a subscriber can do so on the Community Services webpage, calling 440-899-3544 or sending an email to

Note: The department also offers a phone outreach program and has plans to expand its virtual programming in the near future. If you would like to participate in the department's programming, reach out using the contact information listed above.

Food Pantry

The food pantry 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. Residents also may collect food without leaving their vehicles by registering for our Friday Curbside Food Pickup program.

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.

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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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.

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.