Program Spotlight: A Dream Fulfilled

Completion of The Village at Angle Lake achieves goal of expanding LCS services

Children from the childcare center located in LCS’ new Community Services Building try out the facility’s playground, which was built by church and community volunteers.

For the past seven years Lutheran Community Services Northwest has asked residents of Washington’s South King County, community partners, and supporters to “imagine an intergenerational, multicultural human services campus where ‘community happens’…” That dream was realized this summer with the opening of the LCS Community Services Building, the final stage of The Village at Angle Lake project.

The Village at Angle Lake campus, with its two facilities - Angle Lake Court and the recently completed LCS Community Services Building - provides a wide variety of social and healthcare services to residents of South King County.  The campus is located on South 188th Street, in the City of SeaTac, Washington, near SeaTac Airport.

The project was sparked in 1999 when the national headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offered LCS an opportunity to purchase the four-acre site that had been the former home of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and LCS’ leased administrative offices.  From this hopeful beginning, a vision began to emerge about how this land could be used to serve the needs of the surrounding community.

The Community Services Building was made possible by a number of collaborative partnerships, and by the generous financial support of many individuals, congregations, businesses, foundations, organizations and governments who shared LCS’ vision.  Funding for the project was secured by the five-year, $8.5 million Called To Community - Called To Care capital campaign.

The first phase of the project, Angle Lake Court, built by Lutheran Alliance to Create Housing  (LATCH) and opened in 2004, features apartments for low- and middle-income seniors.  In addition to LATCH, Community Health Centers of King County, and Easter Seals Child Development Centers have partnered with LCS to bring needed services to the community at the new Community Services Building. Community Health Centers of King County has opened a full-service medical clinic, serving the general population, as well as focusing on low-income and uninsured patients. Easter Seals operates a Child Development Center offering extended-hours childcare services for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, with slots specifically allocated for low-income families.

The new LCS Community Services Building is conveniently located on S. 188th Street, between I-5 and SeaTac Airport.

It’s so exciting to have this center here,” stressed Tammy Hoff, Easter Seals’ Director of Child Development at the Angle Lake facility. “It’s going to serve so many families.  The vision for this building is just incredible – to meet the needs of the entire community.”

The City of SeaTac was another key partner with LCS in creating this unique campus.  “We’re very excited about our collaborative partnership with LCS,” noted Colleen Brandt-Schluter, the City’s Human Services Coordinator.  “We believe that the axiom that two heads are better than one really is true when it comes to strengthening children and families.”

LCS services currently provided at or planned for the Community Services Building  include:

Family Resource Center
Creating a sense of community, and providing resources and support for children, adults and families

Home Care
Helping seniors and people with disabilities maintain independence in their own homes

International Counseling and Community Services
Counseling and case management for immigrant and refugee individuals and families

Multicultural Community Services
Immigration counseling; refugee social services, resettlement and assistance

The Community Services Building also houses LCS’ Executive and Fiscal Offices, which have been located in temporary quarters in nearby Burien, Washington for the past few years while the site was being developed.

By the end of 2007, the Community Services Building is expected to receive LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) through the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification emphasizes site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality, resulting in a facility that is considerate of the environment.

For more information about services provided at The Village at Angle Lake, click here or call 206/901-1685.