OLHSA: 50th anniversary year in review Posted: January 02, 2015

2014 marked OLHSA’s 50th anniversary. During the year we were able to reflect on the impact five decades of service to Oakland and Livingston Counties has made and commemorate the occasion in a variety of ways.

Throughout the year we were given many reasons to celebrate. OLHSA participated in community parades in Royal Oak, Auburn Hills, Howell, Clarkston and Pontiac, volunteered at the Woodward Dream Cruise and spoke to area clubs, groups and centers on a wide range of subjects.

Some of the topics we covered included the services that OLHSA has been able to provide thousands of people since it began as the Oakland County Commission on Economic Opportunity in 1964. Our complete services help people with economic security, emergency financial crises, hunger, housing, health and education. Within the broad range of services offered there are specialized programs that include Head Start, emergency utility funding, foreclosure counseling, nutrition programs and weatherization assistance.

Linda Orofino is one of the clients that recently received support from the Weatherization Assistance Program. After a consultation with a Welcome Center specialist, Orofino found out she qualified for the program. In October of this year energy-saving home improvements were made to her home.

“OLHSA changed my life,” said Orofino. “They not only helped me reduce the cost of my utility bills by making updates to my house, they educated me on how to conserve energy on a long-term basis. I now look forward to receiving my monthly usage report so I can see how much energy and money I have been able to save!”

It is success stories like Linda’s that make being a part of OLHSA so fulfilling. In my four decades here, I have watched Michigan go through many ups and down. To be a part of an organization that is a constant form of support for those that are struggling, whether temporary or long-term, is a great feeling.

As OLHSA looks toward the next 50 years, our focus will be to remain a pillar of stability in our communities by providing programs and services that best meet our clients’ needs in an ever-changing world.