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OLHSA offers safety and vision help for those with Alzheimer's and Macular Degeneration

OLHSA was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Mary Thompson Foundation to help make life safer for older adults with Alzheimer's disease and to help those those with Macular Degeneration improve vision and remain independent.

As part of OLHSA's programming that focuses on safety, wellbeing and quality of life for older adults, this grant will help make life safer and easier for those facing Alzheimer's disease. Their...

OLHSA receives Huron-Clinton Metroparks Corporate Volunteer of the Year award

Every year OLHSA’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), funded by a Michigan Department for Natural Resources grant, employs youth and partners with area groups to keep community spaces safe and ready for all to enjoy. Recently as part of the program, youth removed invasive species, cleaned-up parks and provided stewardship to state and local parks. 

This year because of the contribution and dedication by SYEP youth to Huron-...

OLHSA and Accounting Aid Society assist 400 households with tax refunds

OLHSA once again partnered with the Accounting Aid Society (AAS) to provide Oakland County residents with free income tax filing. 400 households were able to receive $480,000 in refunds and credits this year. 

We are thankful to the 43 AAS volunteers who put in a total of 270 hours at OLHSA to help low-income families and individuals avoid the burden of costly tax preparation. Together with OLHSA staff, the assistance...

Congress visits Head Start

In honor of Head Start’s 50th anniversary, OLHSA had two special visitors for a tour and day of fun at our Head Start center in Pontiac. This spring, Barbara McCallahan, Director of Community Affairs for Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Office and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence joined us for a first-hand Head Start experience.

During the visits, the...

OLHSA has a new tool for online donations

Are you interested in giving back to your community? Consider donating to OLHSA. OLHSA recently switched to using CrowdRise for our online donation and fundraising platform. Since adopting the software last fall we have successfully raised funds for our Help Your Senior Neighbors Campaign, Livingston County Homelessness Campaign, and Walk for Warmth. The user friendly platform has made donating online easy.  We hope you’ll consider supporting our mission of helping people and changing...

Head Start has Sweet Dreamzzz program

Did you know that children ages 3 to 5 years old need 11 to 13 hours of sleep per night? OLHSA Head Start kids and parents learned this in January with the Sweet Dreamzzz program. Sweet Dreamzzz is an educational program for both parents and students and teaches positive sleeping habits. The program teaches topics such as the importance of a bed time routine and how many hours of sleep are required for each child based on their age. Sweet Dreamzzz also gives other tips such as engaging in a...

OLHSA works to end homelessness among veteran families

Harold from Rochester Hills is a disabled veteran that is on dialysis and only has Social Security Disability to live on. Through OLHSA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program we were able to help him get into a new apartment, which was much more rent-reasonable for him, by providing a security deposit and, so far, 3 months of rent payment through the SSVF program.  OLHSA was also able to provide him with utility assistance, so he was able to avoid shut-off. ...

OLHSA client benefits from Gardner-White’s Charituesday program

Through Gardner-White’s ChariTuesday charitable giving program, OLHSA was able to help one of our clients purchase new furniture.  OLHSA was selected by Gardner-White and participated in a Facebook contest to win a gift certificate. We won $500 to Gardner White!  With the money OLHSA purchased a beautiful couch and oversized chair for a client named Yolanda and her son.  While the $500 didn’t seem like it would cover the items, Gardner-White in Waterford worked with us to...

Welcome Center offers various mobile sites

OLHSA understands that it may be difficult for our clients living in Oakland and Livingston Counties to get to our central offices in order to be signed up for the services needed to help maintain self-sufficiency. That’s why we offer mobile welcome center locations in addition to our permanent offices in Pontiac, Ferndale and Howell. Please find an updated list of our mobile welcome center locations below, which can assist with signing individuals up for all of the services they qualify for...

OLHSA’s Head Start Connections/Father Factor program expands to Cotton and Parnell correctional facilities

OLHSA’s Head Start Connections/Father Factor program, which currently serves incarcerated parents in Oakland County Jail and more recently the Macomb Prison, has expanded to Cotton and Parnell Correctional Facilities. The program helps incarcerated parents maintain relationships with their children through educational activities as well as through other special events, such as birthday parties and other educational events.


The goal of the program is to promote positive...

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