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Walk for Warmth heats hearts and homes

OLHSA hosted its 26th annual Walk for Warmth events on February 6th at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and February 20th at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center. The events, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, saw 1,200 participants in the form of walkers, sponsors and volunteers. Funds raised support emergency utility assistance, helping to keep Oakland and Livingston families safe and warm in their homes this winter. 

To date this year, cash and pledges have totaled $...

OLHSA Clients Get Ahead: Developing Awareness and Moving Forward

On February 1st OLHSA celebrated three motivated clients who are taking control of their futures. These participants’ completed a 16-week, 20-session course based on the book “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World”. The book and course are written for individuals in poverty and provides them with direction for examining the impact of the challenges they are facing and manifesting opportunities for a more successful life.

The course, held in the evenings, provided a learning...

Guest post: Pontiac Academy for Excellence instructors offer tips to help kids learn a new language

Children of all ages benefit from learning a new language through boosts in cognitive function, memory, listening, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, according to numerous studies. To help local families support their child’s foreign language journey at home, two of Pontiac Academy for Excellence’s instructors, Wenting Wang and Gustavo Potes, offer the following tips:

Have some fun
Wang suggests using interactive activities...

Livingston Walk for Warmth success story - The Watt family

In December 2014 Cathey and William Watt found themselves in a place they had never been before, one where they were unsure of their futures. That month William, a typically healthy man and the sole provider for the family, suddenly fell ill with heart issues that put him in the hospital and out of work for nearly four months. At the same time, Cathey was taking a break from working to focus her time on caring for her mother-in-law. With no income and medical bills piling up, the Watts began...

Oakland Walk for Warmth success story - The Dziadosz family

Beginning in September 2014 Matthew Dziadosz and his husband William entered into one of the most challenging years of their lives. That month Matthew was admitted into the hospital when he began experiencing liver problems. Throughout the next six months he would endure a series of health difficulties including liver failure, kidney failure, a massive blood clot and an appendix surgery. In March 2015, as Matthew’s health had finally reached a stable place and he was able to return home, the...

Keep the cold out and your bills down this winter

Embrace winter! Dress warmly, get outside and enjoy the sparkling snow and the infrequent but beautiful sunny, crisp days. This is a wonderful attitude to have, and one we should all strive for, but often the reality is a little less glamorous. Winter can be hard to get through. We don’t all have zero degree rated down jackets for enjoying the outdoors, and we must all go about our business in the cold regardless of how we spend our leisure time. At the end of a long...

NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION 2016: Early Childhood Services Evaluation Contractors

OLHSA is accepting Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for evaluation contracting services in Southeastern counties for OLHSA’s Early Childhood Division’s perusal of grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The program prioritizes services to families with children impacted by incarceration. Minimum requirements: 10 years experience in providing evaluation services, including experience in conducting local impact evaluation. Pursual of this grant requires...

Weatherization Day Workshop provides tips to help individuals save energy and dollars

Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed the month of October to be recognized as Weatherization Month in Michigan. OLHSA celebrated throughout the month as well as on October 30th, which is Weatherization Day. During the month, OLHSA staff was provided with email tips on how to save energy and reduce the cost of their energy bills. OLHSA hosted a Weatherization Day workshop to wrap up the month. The workshop was open to the public and featured a presentation on how weatherization works as well as...

OLHSA helps local residents improve their job security

OLHSA is currently offering services to help local residents overcome employment barriers and see career success. The increase in available services is made possible by grant funding and OLHSA’s official designation as Community Ventures service provider for Pontiac via the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).


As the Community Ventures service provider for Pontiac, OLHSA will eliminate employability challenges and encourage professional growth. Obstacles to...

OLHSA Head Start receives book donations for students’ personal libraries

In October, OLHSA Head Start held its first ever Run to Read fundraising campaign. The goal of the event was to promote exercise at Friendship Park in Lake Orion, but more so to encourage monetary and book donations for our 1,700 Head Start students in Oakland County.  While the event was a success thanks to Orion Township’s donation of their park, the Orion Township Fire Department and other thoughtful sponsors, OLHSA is still seeking book donations.


With close to 1,500...

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