ABOUT West Side Community Services

 

Our Mission

West Side Community Services fosters the stability, security, and well-being of our vibrant and dynamic community by engaging, connecting, and supporting its residents.

 

Our Vision

We will be the organization that advocates for opportunities and generates possibilities for all people in our community, at every stage and from every walk of life.

 

Our Values

Innovation, Co-Creation, Empathy and Belonging, Inclusion, Impact

 

Innovation

We are…

  • Curious, creative, and continually evolving.
  • Proactive, responsive, and resourceful—stepping out boldly to meet the community’s ever-changing needs.

 

Co-Creation

We…

  • Recognize no one person has all the answers, or even knows all the questions.
  • Work in community, maintaining honesty and transparency.
  • Actively seek to build bridges, expand our networks, foster open communication, and create an environment where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.

 

Empathy and Belonging

We…

  • Seek to create an atmosphere where everyone feels seen, and heard, and understood.
  • Listen deeply, avoid assumptions.
  • Let go of our own egos and agendas, honor the lived experiences of everyone we touch, and advocate for those we serve.

 

Inclusion

We seek to…

  • Create an equitable organization where everyone feels welcome, supported, respected, celebrated, and safe.
  • Lift all voices, particularly those of people who have traditionally been marginalized.
  • Represent a vibrant and diverse community in all aspects of what we do.
  • Engage with cultural humility and sensitivity.
  • Respect the past, honor the present, and embrace the future.

 

Impact

We are…

  • Committed and resilient; striving to maximize all our available resources to improve lives of those we serve and achieve the greatest possible community impact.

 

 

We see community strength.

Founded in 1978, West Side Community Services serves the residents of the Niagara District with education, prevention and recreation programs and services. We pride ourselves in being a safe space to play, learn and grow for West Side youth and families and many of our participants have been part of our “West Side Family” for generations.

The West Side is growing and changing rapidly. Nestled in the heart of one of America’s most diverse neighborhoods, we work hard to ensure we remain engaged, responsive and relevant so we can celebrate and support the strengths of our entire community for generations to come.

Our Facilities

WSCS operates the only full-service community center in the Niagara District. For more information about and photos of the facilities and rental options, please click HERE.