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Homelessness is present in Livingston County: How you can help

Do you have a passion for helping the homeless? It may not be as visible as urban areas, but homelessness is present in Livingston County. Together with the community, the Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care Committee kicked off a campaign on November 15 and is raising awareness and donations for homeless individuals.

The committee is comprised of nonprofit organizations which include, OLHSA, The Connection Youth Services, LACASA, Love Inc., and the Salvation Army. Events...

Head Start is almost 50

This school year marks Head Start’s 50th anniversary. OLHSA Head Start is celebrating this important milestone from August 2014 through the official anniversary in June 2015. On September 17th Head Start staff, children and parents dressed in red, white and blue, Head Start's colors, to celebrate. Teachers also provided 50th anniversary activities in red, white and blue. We look forward to more celebrations as the school year unfolds.





Help seniors stay in their homes

OLHSA offers various, free programs to qualifying older adults to help them maintain their independence, including programs that help with lawn mowing and snow removal, installation of home safety devices, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment assistance and more. All of these programs can extend the amount of time that seniors are able to stay in their home and live comfortably.

Seniors are quickly growing in population, more than any other age group. In Livingston County from 2000-2012...

Weatherization Day 2014 open house was a success

OLHSA celebrated Weatherization Day on October 30 with an open house. With over 35 people in attendance, the crowd learned about OLHSA’s Weatherization Assistance Program, witnessed demonstrations, won prizes and even snacked on apple cider and donuts. OLHSA staff and contractors performed example blower door tests, a technology that looks for air leakage in homes. Attendees also watched a demonstration of blowing insulation into a wall cavity, and received tips from OLHSA staff about...

Faith in Action of Oakland County volunteers help older adults with fall cleanup

OLHSA is grateful to the volunteers of Faith in Action of Oakland County for providing fall cleanup to our older adult clients during its Great Rake event. The National Honor Society of St. Mary’s Preparatory, an all-boys school in Orchard Lake, was one of many groups that raked and bagged leaves for our older adults.

OLHSA’s older adult clients were fortunate to have had Faith in Action volunteers complete this work and provide a little piece of mind as winter approaches. Commerce...

Author of grandparents raising grandchildren book gives presentation to OLHSA support group

OLHSA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group was appreciative of Elaine K. Williams, author of “The Sacred Work of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” and licensed social worker, for the presentation she gave at the Brandon Township Library. Williams talked about her book and was inspired to write it because of her own sister's experiences raising her grandchildren. With six grandparents from OLHSA’s support group program in attendance it was nice for them to hear her knowledge...

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.