National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers Announces 2015 Programs of Excellence Awards
Cuyahoga County Councilman Dave Greenspan congratulates the Westlake Center for Community Services for being recognized by the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) as a recipient of the 2015 Programs of Excellence Awards. “Seniors are the framework of our communities, and we recognize the importance of providing them with the necessary programs and services. I applaud the Westlake Community Services Center for their continual efforts of providing high-quality, sustainable services to our senior community,” states Councilman Greenspan. This annual recognition honors outstanding efforts made by senior centers across the nation to offer innovative, creative, and replicable programs for older adults. The Westlake Center for Community Services was honored on February 11th by the NISC for its highly successful Sponsorship Breakfast program that hosts between 40-50 individuals representing 35 or more organizations annually. Strong collaborative partnerships with local elder care organizations helped to secure approximately $10,000 of program support at last year’s event.
“The staff of the Westlake Community Services Department is quite dedicated to delivering high quality in all of our programs and services, and we are honored to receive this national recognition!,” said Lydia Gadd, Director of Community Services. “We want to give the seniors in our community opportunities that engage, empower and help them thrive. Our community partners want the same, so the Sponsorship Breakfast is a way to collaborate and leverage our goals to deliver the best of the best. While the event involves months of planning, the end result is that we are able to offer these opportunities at little or no cost to our patrons. It is also a “Thank You” event for our sponsors, who appreciate the opportunity to plan, collaborate, network as well as be recognized by our Mayor. It is truly a win-win-win for the patrons, the sponsors, and the staff.”
The Westlake Center for Community Services is committed to offering enrichment programs and services that address the multiple needs of older persons and provides a system of social services for Westlake residents. Last year, there were over 18,000 patron visits for their various Plus Fifty programs that include education, health & wellness programs, exercise, entertainment, support groups, movies, art classes and more. The social service department operates a food pantry, senior transportation services, a youth diversion program and more. They rely on support and volunteerism from local businesses, civic groups, organizations and individuals to provide high-quality service.
For more information about the Westlake Center for Community Services and its programs for older adults, visit www.cityofwestlake.org. For more information on the National Institute of Senior Centers, visit www.ncoa.org/NISC.