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Walk for Warmth helps local father

For single father, Dale Fracassi, providing a stable life for his daughter has always been a high priority. But in the spring of 2015 an unexpected cancer diagnosis brought a level of uncertainty that made him question what the future looked like for his family.

In the months following his initial diagnosis, Fracassi began the intense chemotherapy needed to treat his stage 4 lymphoma. The treatments began to take a toll and his ability to work declined. With limited income and the...

Fulfill your New Year's resolutions through supporting OLHSA

During the holidays it can be easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of presents and parties at every turn. Thankfully after a month or more of being on the go, January offers everyone a chance to hit the reset button, reflect and create resolutions for the year ahead. For many individuals, there will be plans for eating better, finding a new hobby, traveling more and finding a way to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

If helping others is on your personal to-do...

OLHSA offers housing assistance to homeless veterans

Are you or someone you may know a Veteran in need of housing or at-risk of losing permanent nighttime residence? OLHSA may be able to assist.

If any of the following apply, individuals may qualify for housing assistance: a DD-214 (OLHSA can assist with obtaining this), honorable or dishonorable discharge, service in the Reserves, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Veteran families may include a single individual or multi-person household...

New van allows more convenient food program service to those in need

OLHSA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides food assistance to eligible residents of Oakland County who are age 60 and older, recently purchased a transit van in order to better serve clients and offer more convenience.

Homebound clients in Pontiac, Holly, Lake Orion, Southfield or Commerce can now put in a request for CSFP food packages to be delivered right to their doors. OLHSA is excited about the new addition and the...

OLHSA’s 2017 Walk for Warmth events are coming up fast!

OLHSA is hosting its 27th annual Walk for Warmth events to raise funds for the Emergency Utility Assistance Program. The walk-a-thon events will take place on Feb. 4, 2017 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills and February 18th, 2017 at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center in Howell, with premier sponsor Genisys Credit Union by our side.  Both events will feature giveaways, entertainment and lots of family fun. As always...

OLHSA fights food insecurity with thirty thousand meals served this summer

This summer OLHSA collaborated with United Way of Southeastern Michigan to provide free meals and promote healthy living among children and individuals with disabilities in Pontiac through the Meet Up and Eat Up, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the...

OLHSA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program expands to Macomb County

OLHSA recently received funding to expand the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program to families in Macomb County. The program already serves families in Oakland County.

OLHSA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program provides free services to grandparents aged 55 and older who are raising grandchildren. Services include support and resources, presentations on various topics, intergenerational field trips, and access to OLHSA’s other...

A fond farewell: musings by Ron Borngesser

Forty-two years ago, when my time serving in the United States Navy came to an end, I knew I wanted to continue to serve people. In a way different than being part of the armed forces, I wanted to care for others, build systems that would give people a better life, and continue to do my part to ensure America remained a place of opportunity.

I found my way to community action. OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, was founded in 1964 as part of President...

Mental health & children: How you can help your child deal with stress

OLHSA’s resident expert on children’s mental health, Stacy Green, LMSW, associate director for mental health and disabilities, shares tips about childhood trauma/Stress at multiple levels and how to support a child going through trauma or stress. 

First, it’s important to distinguish levels of stress. Daily life gives us stress, and children and...

What it’s like to work at OLHSA - a day with Richena Lawrence

8:45 a.m.

My day begins. I’m a Client Service Coordinator for OLHSA, which means I help people find and receive the assistance they need in order to improve their lives. I often greet families and individuals on one of their worst days…the day their water has been shut off, the day they get a crushingly large heat bill in the mail with no means to pay it, or the day they realize they may not find another job soon and need help making ends meet. It’s...

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