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OLHSA nominees win Michigan Community Action awards

OLHSA is proud of its Michigan Community Action (MCA) award-winning nominees, Representative Tim Greimel for Legislator of the Year and Matthew Dziadosz for one of MCA’s volunteer awards. Representative Greimel has been a long-time supporter of OLHSA, joining us for events, board meetings, in Head Start classrooms and more. Representative Greimel was especially helpful establishing a funding source for OLHSA’s new deconstruction and blight removal...

Mobile OLHSA Welcome Center now at Woodside Dream Center in Pontiac

OLHSA is excited to offer appointments through its new mobile Welcome Center at the Woodside Dream Center in Pontiac. Mobile Welcome Centers offer the same services as OLHSA’s main office locations and we are able to reach more individuals who may have difficulty with transportation. Services offered can include help through our early childhood programs, energy services, financial education services, health and nutrition, housing, older adult services and more.

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Water Residential Assistance Program open to select communities in Oakland County

OLHSA, as part of the Community Action Alliance, is now offering assistance with water bills through the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) to residents of certain communities in Oakland County.

The communities of Pontiac, Keego Harbor, Bingham Farms, Southfield, Ferndale, Orchard Lake, City of Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Commerce Township, Madison Heights and Orion Township are officially participating in OLHSA’s program. Appointments...

Detroit Pistons mascot, Hooper, visits Head Start to teach healthy eating, exercise

Thanks to the Champions of Healthy Kids grant through General Mills, OLHSA was able to bring in Hooper, the mascot from the Detroit Pistons, to visit Head Start classrooms in Pontiac. Hooper visited all of the classrooms throughout the day and explained the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. He also led the children in some simple exercises, like jumping jacks, running in place, and stretches. The preschoolers enjoyed the exercise and lots of laughs could be...

Walk for Warmth surpasses goal, raises over $187,000

We did it! OLHSA wants to thank our dedicated, sponsors, volunteers and walk participants who made our 2016 Walk for Warmth a success. The fundraising campaign, with Genisys Credit Union as the premier sponsor, raised over $187,000 toward emergency utility assistance for those in need in Oakland and Livingston Counties. Thanks to our generous donors we will be able to heat even more homes in 2016!

Revive Pontiac beautifies communities and supports workforce development

OLHSA is excited to announce a new deconstruction program and social enterprise, Revive Pontiac, which began this spring. Revive Pontiac focuses on the deconstruction of structures that are vacant, dilapidated and slated for demolition. The demolition of these homes is an important step toward beautifying the community, but Revive Pontiac’s efforts also focus on salvaging items from the structures, with the ultimate goal of...

Five ways to make your community better for older adults

Older adults are a special group of people. Their experiences provide younger generations with inspiration, guidance and even a funny story or two. Question is, what do we give back to them in return? The answer should be places and resources that help them continue to maintain their independence. OLHSA, in partnership with Area Agency on Aging 1-B, has advice below for ways that communities can become more age friendly.

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Faith in Action and OLHSA need your help

Please consider joining Faith in Action of Oakland County and OLHSA for The Great Rake on April 30th. We will be doing yard clean up for older adults in our community. See flyer for more details. We hope you will consider volunteering with us!

 

OLHSA Head Start hosts Valentine’s Day-themed male involvement activity

Over 100 families attended Head Start’s male involvement activity in February at its Pontiac location. Dads, brothers, grandfathers and other male family members dressed up in ties and the preschoolers were decked out in beautiful dresses and bow ties. During the event families enjoyed dinner, took pictures in the photo booth, completed Valentine’s Day art projects, showed off their dance moves and enjoyed their time together. The event gave father figures the opportunity to participate in...

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan awards OLHSA $24,000 for family nutrition and health initiatives

OLHSA recently received a grant for $24,000 from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan that will fund family health and wellness programming in Pontiac.

OLHSA was honored to be one of five recipients picked from the numerous applications submitted regionally. Through the UnitedHealthcare grant, OLHSA will enhance its family fitness and health and nutrition services, as well as our summer food program that serves families in Pontiac who would otherwise struggle to eat three meals each day....

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