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The History of Community Support Centre

Where we’ve been:

An idea that blossomed from the minds of interested Belle River citizens has today become a service that has been deemed an integral part of the Lakeshore Community. In 1983, with the direction of Father Gerald Duchene, funding was received under the Canada Works program to distribute a survey to identify area needs. With help from the United Way along with generous donations and grants, the Belle River and District Community Information Centre opened at 554 Notre Dame St in 1985.


Information on government services and forms, financial needs, health and hospital services, legal matters, education, personal and family counseling and general community information were available.
It was determined that a transit vehicle would benefit the community and therefore posters that read, Wanted: $35,000 appeared throughout town. Funds were attained with the help of our local area service groups to purchase a 12-seat passenger van with space for 23 wheelchairs. In January 1987, the mini-bus was on display and the transit service took off.1989
The Foot Care Clinic, conducted by a registered nurse, opened for seniors by way of a grant from the province and community and social services.
The Essex County Council reached an agreement for field workers and program support staff from County Social Services to use the Centre as a site where they could meet with local residents in need of specific services – ultimately leading to an office expansion. Hiatus House, Sexual Assault Crisis Services,
Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic, Essex County Crisis Intervention Program and Social Services made use of the new offices.


Belle River Community Council and Stoney Point’s Club L’Age d’Or co-sponsored the new Meals on Wheels program. At a cost of $4.00, hot and cold meals were prepared then delivered by volunteer drivers to the homes of each client five days a week.
Literacy for the North Shore-Laubach Literacy of Canada/Essex County Board of Education is offered through 6 trained volunteers teaching youth and adults how to read and write, free of charge.
The Friendly Visiting program, funded by the Ministry of Health was added to our list of services.
Volunteers were matched with seniors based on mutual interests, needs and location.


Transportation needs increased and a bigger bus was required – $85,000.00 was fundraised and private donations and support from our local services groups. A new 12 passenger, 4 wheelchair, hydraulic lift and air conditioned bus was purchased.


Human Resources Development Canada installed a job bank computer to service area residents looking for employment. Additional services for typing resumes, faxing and photocopying became available.


The centre moved to 571-B Notre Dame Street.
40 plus volunteers assist in Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visiting.


With the amalgamation of the municipalities, Belle River and District Community Information Centre changed its name to Lakeshore Community Services.


$90,000 was raised to purchase a new transit bus able to transport 12-17 passengers and 4 wheelchairs


Meals on Wheels expanded to meet the needs of Tecumseh residents. A joint venture was established with Lakeshore Community Services and the Victorian Order of Nurses by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. LCS implemented the Tecumseh Meals on Wheels program thus expanding services for the area.


Lakeshore Community Food Bank opened in partnership with the Essex Food Bank. During this period of time, boxes of food were shuttled in from Essex for pick up by local residents.


A $60,000 donation was made by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to replace one of our old vans with a brand new transit bus.
LCS became a part of the new Windsor and Essex County 211 Information System.
LCS officially became independent from Essex and now relies solely on food and cash donations. Implemented by volunteers and observes no paid staffing. The Food Bank delivers both canned and fresh produce and begins to double and quadruple local clientele.
LCS began to work closely with the Town of Lakeshore on various projects. These included: the Accessibility Committee, Senior’s Advisory Committee, the Wellness Expo and attending various training workshops together to be utilized in current and future partnerships.


LCS celebrates 25 years of serving the community! A free dance for seniors was held to reach out and say thank you for the support over the years.


Expanded through aging at home: Home Maintenance and Repair, Essex Meals on Wheels, Tecumseh Transit
First annual Polar Bear Splash to support the Local Community Food Bank was held and raised just about $7,000.


As our clientele grew past Lakeshore and onto Essex and Tecumseh (East), Lakeshore Community Services became the Community Support Centre
The Community Support Centre brings seniors together to share lunch and soup twice a week through our Congregate Dining program that is hosted by the Essex Retirees Centre.
CSC established a coordinated dialysis transportation system which expanded delivery county wide serving patients requiring dialysis treatment from Hotel dieu Grace Hospital and surrounding satellite sites.
LHIN Valuable Own It Award



The Centre celebrated 28 years and honoured 4 dedicated volunteers for their 20 years of service.  The changing landscape and increased need within our community caused the CSC to be resilient, to be adaptable and to embrace change. This past year we have introduced new programs including roll out of a County- Wide Dialysis Transportation model.  The dedicated team at the Community Support Centre delivered over 40,000 hours of senior services,  up 10,000 from last year.  The Community Support Centre lost a valued member: Pat Hayes who taught all: “Great is the man who dedicates his life to making a difference in the lives of others without expectation of credit or recognition”.


The Centre celebrated 29 years of service.  The dedicated team at the Community Support Centre delivered over 53,000 hours of senior services, up 13,000 from last year, showing we are doing more with less. While many agencies are showing administration cost increases as high as 27% of their overall budget, The CSC continues to reduce these areas and showed administrative costs as low as 4.1% of the 2011-2012 budget, this is down 2%.


CSC is celebrating 30 years of service to our community!
CSC implemented Comprehensive Core Health Assessments at the Community Support Centre and throughout the Province of Ontario to begin work towards electronic Health Records.
The Center celebrated and honoured 2 dedicated volunteers for their 20 years of service
CSC was named Lead transportation agency serving Windsor and Essex County


Through partnership the Community Support Centre together with VON have ensured streamlined service and affordable costs for Foot Care patients across Windsor Essex.
The CSC was honoured to have 67 Volunteers recognized by receiving the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
The Volunteer Tyler Dozois received the 2014 Community Living Outstanding Achievement Award.
Lyle Morris steps down as Chair of the CSC Board Of Directors after 10 years of dedication.
CareLink Health Transit is formed to tie medical transportation providers together for Essex, Kent and Lambton counties.


The CSC produces a Video Production featuring our staff and Volunteers and highlighting CSC programs and services.
CSC Executive Director Tracey Bailey is named recipient of the 2015 St Clair College Alumni Of Distinction Award.
The Community Food Pantry moves to a new location to give clients enhanced access to food security and support.
CSC Transportation offers a new transit service to St Clair College Students.
20 CSC  Volunteers receive Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.


CareLink Health Transit partners with the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County to ensure high quality transportation for their clients.
The CSC Volunteers are awarded the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism at a ceremony at the University Club in Toronto April 6th.
Bev Barrette, Terry Barrette and Marguerite Tellier reach 25 years of volunteer service at the CSC.

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