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Human Services

See the results of the Human Services Needs Assessment Survey

Lakewood is a city founded in the principle of creating livable communities where all individuals have access to the resources they need. Human Services plays a vital role in working toward ensuring all citizens have access to the resources they need to thrive. Resources include: emergency food and shelter for families in crisis, specialized employment and legal services for low income women, assistance for individuals with disabilities, access to basic health care and programs that promote healthy youth development.

In an effort to ensure all citizens can participate in our community, the City commits resources to and works with local non-profit agencies to invest in programs and services that enable all Lakewood citizens to enjoy a higher quality of life.

The City of Lakewood funds 22 non-profit human service organizations to provide services to low-income children, youth and families. The City of Lakewood has four primary human services strategies: Basic Needs, Education, Health Care and Safety.

For additional information on human services in Lakewood, please contact

After-School & Youth Development Programs

Delinquency Prevention Program

Lakewood Boys & Girls Club

The Lakewood HOPE Center offers after school programs for youth Monday through Friday 2:30 P.M. - 7:00 p.m. Lakewood B&G Club

Champions Mentor Program

Communities in Schools of Lakewood

Communities in Schools of Lakewood is calling for more mentors to work with students in grades 4-10 throughout the Clover Park School District. A mentor is someone who helps a young person define goals and find ways to achieve them. By sharing fun activities and exposing a youth to new experiences, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, and supports academic achievement. In some cases, a mentor changes the course of a person’s life. CISL - Champions Mentor

SKILL After-School Program

Communities in Schools of Lakewood

CISL works closely with the Clover Park School District and several community partners to provide a wide-range of after-school services for children who need extra support in order to reach grade level and improve social skills. Volunteers work together to help children build their math, reading, language, fitness, computer, and life skills. There is no cost to parents and free bus transportation is also provided. SKILL After-School Programs are held at Tyee Park, Tillicum, Oakwood, and Southgate Elementary schools as well as Lochburn Middle School. CISL - SKILL After School

Lakewood’s Promise

A Partnership with Clover Park School District, Pierce College and the City of Lakewood

Lakewood’s Promise seeks access to provide youth with five fundamental resources – or “wrap-around supports” that young people need for success in life: Caring Adults , Safe Places , A Healthy Start , Effective Education , Opportunities to Help Others . For more information go to Lakewood's Promise

Lakewood Computer Clubhouse

Pierce College

The Lakewood Computer Clubhouse, an outreach program of Pierce College, is a free after-school service that partners youth, ages 10-18, with technology and caring mentors. Lakewood Computer Clubhouse

Oasis Youth Center (Tacoma)

Pierce County AIDS Foundation

The Oasis Youth Center is a confidential drop-in and resource center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County. OASIS Youth Center

Emergency Food & Shelter

Adams Street Family Shelter

The Tacoma Rescue Mission

The family shelter allows families to stay up to 90 days to stabilize and find permanent housing. Free meals and case management services are available daily. Access Point 4 Housing provides initial screening and referral to this shelter. Please contact: (253) 682-3401

Phoenix Housing Network

Catholic Community Services

Phoenix Housing Network serves low-income families with children in Pierce County. They provide a place to live for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, while helping to build skills that maximize family stability and self-sufficiency, in order to prevent future homelessness. Phoenix Housing Network

We Are Family Home

Korean Women’s Association

The We Are Family Program provides prevention and intervention services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. KWA provides counseling, bilingual support groups, family education programs, legal advocacy and assistance with court hearings, restraining orders, law enforcement reports, transitional/permanent housing and an emergency shelter. KWA-WAF

Women’s Support Shelter

YWCA Tacoma Pierce County

The YWCA operates the largest domestic violence shelter in Pierce County. Their safe, free shelter provides basic needs for women and children for up to 90 days. While in shelter, women and their children access individualized case management, education, counseling, support groups, children’s services, and 24-hour on-site advocacy. The shelter and its related services provide a foundation to create lives free of violence. YWCA Pierce County

Emergency Housing & Utilities Programs

Lakewood Area Shelter Association

LASA is committed to helping prevent homelessness. They reach out to the community by providing rent and utility assistance and by operating a transitional housing program. Living Access Support Alliance

Connection Center Program

South Sound Outreach

SSO Connection Center (located at the FISH Food Bank) staff meet with clients to carefully and successfully help them navigate to services beyond the basic food assistance. They help people develop individualized paths to housing sustainability. There is also help with foreclosure prevention, medical assistance including prescription assistance, domestic violence, suicide ideation triage, rent and utility assistance, credit repair, free income tax preparation, financial literacy and budgeting guidance.

Lakewood Rebuilding Together Day

Rebuilding Together South Sound

Rebuilding Together South Sound (RTSS) is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization. RTSS is a volunteer, charitable group that repairs or rebuilds homes at no cost to low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled or families with children. RTSS

Food Distribution

Emergency Food Network

The Emergency Food Network (EFN) works to provide a reliable food supply so that no person in Pierce County goes hungry. EFN provides food and other essentials at no cost to over 65 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals. Emergency Food Network .

Lakes Food Bank

FISH Food Network

Located at United Methodist Church at Lakewood, 6900 Steilacoom Blvd. SW., Lakewood, WA 98499. Walk-in hours: Mon: 2:00 - 6:00 pm; Wed & Fri: 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Clothing Bank: During food bank hours. FISH Food Bank

Summer Meals Program

St. Leo Food Connection

The Food Connection host Summer Meal sites at various Lakewood locations. St. Leo’s program provides a lunch and a snack each weekday for children, who typically receive free and reduced lunches during the school year, so that children receive adequate nutrition all year round. St. Leo's Food Connection

Springbrook Mobile Food Bank

St. Leo Food Connection

Lakewood families living in the Springbrook neighborhood receive food bank services on Saturdays.

Springbrook residents have extreme barriers to food access including a lack of transportation, limited food resources and social services, and the lack of a neighborhood grocery store. Volunteers are needed to process food during the week and to help distribute on Saturdays. Call the St. Leo Food Connection at (253) 383-5048 for more information. St. Leo's Food Connection

Other Emergency Services

Tillicum/American Lake Garden Community Center

14916 Washington Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 | (253) 584-1280

Health Care Services

Lakewood Community Healthcare Clinic

Community Health Care

Community Health Care is a private, non-profit organization understands the problems to accessing quality health care for low-income and uninsured residents. Lakewood’s medical and dental services are available at low or no cost to the patient. Lakewood Community Healthcare

Parkland Lindquist Children’s Dental Clinic

Lindquist Children’s Dental

Lindquist Children’s Dental Clinics provides low to no cost dental services for low-income families with children. They also provide oral health education to help parents care for their children's teeth and to prevent cavities. Lindquist promotes a positive dental experience and makes going to the dentist easier for children.

Medical Case Management Program

Pierce County AIDS Foundation

This program offers a link between persons with HIV or AIDS to health care resources and community support services. There is specialized case management for women, youth and families to assist them in accessing quality care to maintain their health and independence. PCAF

Children’s Immunization

Franciscan Foundation

The Child Immunization Program provides free immunizations throughout Pierce County for children 2 months to 18 years old who don't have a regular health care provider or health care coverage. Call (253) 426-6938 for clinic locations, dates and times or more information contact: Children's Immunization

Readiness to Learn Activities

Ready to Learn Fair

Caring for Kids

Provides low-income children attending Clover Park, Steilacoom, and University Schools with new basic school supplies, backpacks, hygiene and dental products, used books, sports physicals, new underwear and socks, good gently used clothes and shoes, immunizations, dental, hearing and vision screening, haircuts and a free lunch. The Ready to Learn Fair occurs in three locations in August. Caring for Kids

ChildReach

Pierce County Community Services

This free, mobile developmental education and information program serves families with children age birth to six years, with emphasis on children birth to thirty-six months of age. ChildReach supports parents/guardians in their roles of educating, nurturing and promoting their children's development through enhanced parenting skills and knowledge. ChildReach

Lakewood Early Learning

Clover Park School District

The Lakewood Early Learning Alignment program is designed to offer early learning providers training and support in their efforts to prepare young children for kindergarten. The program targets four Lakewood child care centers, providing each site with District-adopted early learning curriculum and assessment materials, as well as training, on-going coaching and technical assistance. Lakewood Early Learning Alignment

School Back Pack Program

St. Leo Food Connection

This program provides over 300 elementary school children in the Clover Park School District with a steady weekend food supply. Children who receive free or reduced lunch assistance are eligible for this program. The school counselors, working with classroom and support staff, identify those children most at-risk of hunger over the weekend. St. Leo's Food Connection

Senior & Disability Services

Disability Access Program

TACID

TACID plays a major part in the community serving as the hub of information, support activities, and advocacy by and for people living with disabilities. TACID provides employment, housing and support services for people with disabilities. TACID

Good Samaritan Emergency Respite Program

MultiCare Health Systems

The Neighborhood Emergency Respite Program (NERS) provides temporary overnight placements for frail adults whose caregivers are stressed and overwhelmed with daily caregiving responsibilities. NERS provides family caregivers with information about the dementia process, self-care skills to minimize stress, and an array of community based resources. Incoming referrals originate with the Good Samaritan Behavioral Health, Telephone Line (253) 445-8120)

Women’s Employment & Legal Services

Women’s Legal Support Program

YWCA Tacoma Pierce County

The YWCA Legal Services team provides civil legal counsel, referral, and representation to victims of domestic violence. The combination of services increases victims' chances of permanently and safely ending their domestic violence relationship and establishing lives free of violence. The legal line is (253) 365-6352. YWCA Pierce County

Reach Plus Employment Classes

Washington Women Employment and Education (WWEE)

REACH Plus™ enhances the employability of low-income and welfare dependent individuals through focused job training, including computer skills, work habits and attitudes, financial literacy training, barrier reduction counseling and supportive services such as housing and rental assistance. These services combine to form a holistic program which empowers clients to gain permanent self-reliance through living wage employment.http://www.wwee.org