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Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Service Center
14916 Washington Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

The Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Center provides a number of services to the neighborhood. They have aMore food bank, clothing exchange, provide WIC services and do recreation activities with seniors like Bingo and cards.

During the holidays, they have a free community holiday dinner, Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets. Karen Priest is the executive director and the president is James Oliver.

Center for Independence
7801 Bridgeport Way W, Lakewood, WA 98499

Center for Independence is a federally funded non-profit organization providing assistance for disabled people, mostMore of whom are low income or living in poverty. There are six facilities in Washington state not including a new satellite building in Whatcom County.

They are not a residential facility.

Locally, CFI mainly serves those living in Lakewood and Tacoma. The biggest issue CFI deals with, according to Trina Forest, executive director, is disabled people lacking accessible, affordable housing.

CFI's mission, according to its web site, is to serve as a resource for individuals with disabilities to fully access and participate in the community through outreach, advocacy and independent living skills development. Often times, CFI works to transition citizens out of nursing homes and into a group home.

Lakewold Gardens
12317 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Lakewold Gardens was privately owned by the Wagner family. Eulalie Wagner put a lot of effort into her garden beforeMore dying and made sure all her hard work did not go to waste.

"Mrs. Wagner, before she passed away, gifted [the garden] to the community and we developed it as a non-profit organization," Executive Director Stephanie Walsh said.

Now the garden is used for self-guided tours and various events held by Lakewold Garden or they rent out the garden for corporation meetings, retreats, professional development, garden clubs, fundraising for non-profit organizations and weddings. It helps to maintain the grounds. More than 10,000 people a year visit the gardens.

Walsh said she enjoys the fact that the garden speaks to people from all over the world and what it represents. The gardeners preserve horticultural components that have lived for years.

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