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OLHSA Head Start Programs, Now Enrolling

OLHSA is now enrolling children ages 0-5 years of age in free Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Early Head Start is for expectant moms and children ages 0-3. Center and home-based options are available for this program. Head Start is for children ages 3-5 with half and full day options.

OLHSA Head Start programs can benefit your family in a variety of ways, such as providing qualified, nurturing teachers, 1/3 of daily nutritional needs, parent involvement opportunities and...

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Troy Orthodontics Helps Teen Get Braces

Lauren, 14, of Oak Park is smiling a bit brighter these days thanks to the efforts of her mother, OLHSA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program and Troy Orthodontics. Teresita Cochran began raising her daughter, Lauren, as well as her young grandson and found hope through the OLHSA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group meetings.

It was through the OLHSA program that Cochran met the group’s leader, Lisa Grodsky. Cochran reached out to Lisa after attempting to get...

OLHSA Helps over 400 Households with Taxes

OLHSA, in partnership with Accounting Aid Society (AAS) offered residents of Oakland County free assistance with taxes this past season and as a result, helped 409 households receive close to $560,000 in refunds and tax credits.

OLHSA is fortunate to have the capability to offer these services to clients and it wouldn’t be possible without help from the dedicated volunteers at the Accounting Aid Society. For more
information about AAS visit...

OLHSA continues to celebrate 50th anniversary at Clarkston Fourth of July Parade

OLHSA staff and family members had a blast participating in the Clarkston 4th of July parade this summer. We gave out candy, as well as OLHSA promotional items. With hundreds of people attending the events, we hoped to get our name out even more in the communities we serve and spread the word about our 50th anniversary this year.

Summer Youth Employment Program is a Continued Success

Around 80 youth participated in OLHSA’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) this summer. OLHSA’s SYEP, funded by the Michigan Department for Natural Resources (MDNR), was and continues to be a success. The program runs from June to September each year and provides comprehensive services to Pontiac youth ages 16 to 19 years old.

The main goal of the OLHSA’s SYEP is to “positively engage a new generation of diverse leaders with meaningful employment readiness skills,...

Summer Youth Employment Program 2014

In an effort to provide youth with a comprehensive employment and learning experience, OLHSA will once again offer its Summer Youth Employment Program. The program is open to Pontiac youth ages 16-19 years old. Youth will learn skills ncessary to build a career, work outside with other kids, and visit colleges and area businesses.

Through OLHSA's Summer Youth Employment Program, young people will be given the opportunity to earn money and gain work experience, learn and develop skills...

Older Adult Services can help

Have you ever needed help mowing your lawn, shoveling your snow, navigating your healthcare options or maybe you’re a grandparent raising your grandchildren?


OLHSA offers many services to older adults, including the Chore program which helps with lawn mowing, snow shoveling and more. Our home injury control program provides bathroom safety devices, smoke detectors and more to make older adults’ homes safer. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren provides a...

OLHSA celebrates 50th anniversary at Royal Oak Saint Patrick's Day Parade

In March, OLHSA staff, volunteers and Pontiac Academy for Excellence students came together to walk in the Royal Oak Saint Patrick’s Day parade. The parade was hosted by The Norman O'Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and took place in Royal Oak. Despite the chilly weather, everyone had a great time celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and OLHSA’s anniversary. OLHSA will also be participating in various other parades throughout the year, including the Memorial Day parade in Auburn...

OLHSA helps with health insurance

Do you still need help enrolling in a healthcare plan? So far, OLHSA’s Help with Health Insurance program has helped over 300 individuals with navigating the healthcare marketplace.

Over 30 were enrolled in a healthcare plan and over 300 people were enrolled in Medicaid. OLHSA, in partnership with Saint Joseph Mercy Oakland, is continuing to hold Help with Health Insurance workshops in order to assist people with the Healthy Michigan Plan or Medicaid expansion. Workshops are...

Financial Education Classes offered at OLHSA

In April, OLHSA provided three financial management classes to individuals in the community. The classes were part of Money Smart Week and taught individuals the basics of money management for a healthy financial future. Topics included saving tips and skills, how-to’s of banking and bank accounts, credit reports and building credit, identity theft and more. Five people attended all three days and received MSHDA Financial Education certificates.