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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...

Community Ventures provides Flint residents with employment opportunities and support in Livingston County

Community Ventures (CV) is an innovative economic development initiative that promotes employment and social enterprise in the state’s most distressed urban areas. CV is coordinated by the Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development and helps structurally unemployed residents of Flint, Detroit, Saginaw and Pontiac pursue career opportunities in Michigan companies. 
 

CV eligible Flint and Pontiac residents who are employed with a CV employer receive wrap-...

Summer Bash offers healthy snacks and activities to Pontiac families

Thanks to a grant through the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, OLHSA was able to offer many healthy events this summer to Pontiac families, including Summer Bash in July. Summer Bash saw close to 200 families and featured activities such as smoothie bikes, bounce houses, a visit with the Detroit Lions mascot, Roary, and a rock climbing wall. Attendees also enjoyed music and visits from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Star...

OLHSA’s produce market is back

Thanks to OLHSA’s Health, Housing and Nutrition division and the Micah 6 Community’s Sprout Fresh Food Store produce stand, OLHSA is once again able to offer fruits and vegetables to families in Pontiac and the surrounding areas. The produce market takes place every Tuesday from 11 am-1 pm and offers a variety of seasonal items such as corn, peppers, greens, grapes, cucumbers and more. The produce...

Head Start programs will stay at OLHSA

OLHSA was recently awarded a grant totaling $10.8 million from the Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, to continue to run Early Head Start and Head Start programs in Oakland County.

Through the grant 909 children will be served through the Head Start program for three and four year olds, and 206 children will be served in the Early Head...

Revive Pontiac demonstrates work during groundbreaking event

OLHSA’s newest social enterprise, Revive Pontiac, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on June 27th at 330 W. Huron Street in Pontiac. At this location, the Revive Pontiac deconstruction team was retrieving usable materials from a historic apartment building that is slated for demolition.

OLHSA was honored to have the support of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner...

Summer Youth Employment Program expands projects this year

In past years, OLHSA’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has focused on providing a stipend to participants while they clean up parks, such as Mattie Hatchett, Murphy and Hawthorne parks in Pontiac, receive job training, go on informational field trips and more.

This year’s program introduced some new...

OLHSA’S Summer Youth Employment Program beautifies Pontiac with community gardens

OLHSA’s annual Summer Youth Employment Program is in full swing and making downtown Pontiac more beautiful day by day. This year, students in the program are building community gardens in Pontiac, at Clark and Stockwell and Osnum and Anderson.

Before building the first garden at Clark and Stockwell,...

Free summer meals available around Pontiac to children and individuals with disabilities through Meet Up and Eat Up program

This summer OLHSA is providing free meals to children 18 years of age and under or persons with disabilities up to age 26, at stationary and mobile sites in and around Pontiac through Meet Up and Eat Up, a summer...

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