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OLHSA produce market gains media coverage

OLHSA's Produce Market is an initiative of the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition. The mission of the coalition is to improve health and wellness opportunities to Pontiac citizens.

The market is held at OLHSA every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Pontiac Community. The goal is to increase awareness and access to nutritious food and make fruits and vegetables more...

OLHSA's community job fair creates bright futures

OLHSA’s community job fair was a huge success with more than 200 participants in attendance.  On Thursday, May 23, OLHSA held its first job fair in the Pontiac Academy for Excellence gym. Participants came with resumes in-hand, ready to impress employers.

Employers had one-on-one interviews with job seekers from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  A resume workshop was in session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Welcome Center conference room preceding the job...

New group in Livingston provides navigation through low-income world

With all of the difficult social issues that we face as a nation, poverty can be one of the most challenging to address. A new group in Livingston County is not allowing that challenge deter them, and is tackling the matter collaboratively and head-on.

“Getting Ahead in a just Gettin’ by World” is a community-wide initiative that is providing a way for participants to examine the effects of poverty on individuals, families and their surrounding communities. The intention of Getting...

Free refrigerator program helps client in the nick of time

OLHSA is pleased to have partnered with the Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA) and DTE Energy to help its most vulnerable citizens save energy through the Free Refrigerator Assistance program.  Since October of 2012,...

Head Start creates pathways to successful future for low-income preschoolers

Those with young children know the importance of education and the direct impact it has on their child’s potential to succeed in life. That’s why OLHSA and Head Start are committed to providing the foundational steps for parents to make a solid investment in their children’s future.

Head Start began in 1965 as a federally-funded preschool program and has impacted approximately 30 million low-income and at-risk children in the United States. OLHSA’s Head Start programs serve children...

Students achieve academic success at Pontiac Academy for Excellence

At the dawn of modern charter schools, in 1997 OLHSA received a planning grant of $50,000 from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and started a technical trade school, New Directions Institute. The vision for the institute included training high school students in automotive technology and construction to prepare them for work after graduation.

A challenging first year for New Directions Institute ensued. The lofty vision wasn’t being executed as hoped, so the board of...

Children’s Holiday Wish delivers gifts and gratitude

As the holiday season rolls forward, it can be easy to get caught up in the mad rush of shopping, family parties and preparing holiday feasts. Sometimes we forget to not only help ourselves and our family, but to help others who are in-need.

Unfortunately, there are many families in our immediate area that simply do not have the means to provide a traditional holiday celebration for their children. It can be heartbreaking to think that some children may wake up to little or no...

Nonprofit partnership continues to build a better Metro Detroit

“The Word ‘Detroit’ Replaces the Word ‘Awesome’ in English Dictionary”

“Local Cap & Gown Manufacturers Prosper As Graduation Rates Skyrocket”

“No Bad News Left to Report in Greater Detroit”

 

You may not have seen any of these headlines in your local newspaper yet, but if the United Way for Southeastern Michigan has their way, these fictional headlines will become reality.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan has made it their goal to make our...

Affordable Assistance lights up homes and hearts this holiday season

OLHSA and Affordable Assistance decorated a house in Royal Oak for the holidays last week, and it turned out beautifully.  Lisa Lagrou, editor of the Oakland County Moms website and blog, approached us to ask if we’d like to participate in a contest she was offering her readers.  The contest winner would receive free holiday decorations.  She knew that Affordable Assistance was recently launched and provides a variety of home improvement services, so she thought we’d be...

Local organization fills pantries and hearts of two single-mother families

Zonta: a Sioux Indian word for honesty and trustworthiness.

These two words are the founding principles behind Zonta International. Established in 1919, Zonta International consists of executives and professionals that join forces to enhance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. There are more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs across the globe fulfilling a mission of protecting the rights of women by providing health as well as educational, legal, political and professional...

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