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Walk for Warmth surpasses goal, raises over $187,000

We did it! OLHSA wants to thank our dedicated, sponsors, volunteers and walk participants who made our 2016 Walk for Warmth a success. The fundraising campaign, with Genisys Credit Union as the premier sponsor, raised over $187,000 toward emergency utility assistance for those in need in Oakland and Livingston Counties. Thanks to our generous donors we will be able to heat even more homes in 2016!

Revive Pontiac beautifies communities and supports workforce development

OLHSA is excited to announce a new deconstruction program and social enterprise, Revive Pontiac, which began this spring. Revive Pontiac focuses on the deconstruction of structures that are vacant, dilapidated and slated for demolition. The demolition of these homes is an important step toward beautifying the community, but Revive Pontiac’s efforts also focus on salvaging items from the structures, with the ultimate goal of...

Five ways to make your community better for older adults

Older adults are a special group of people. Their experiences provide younger generations with inspiration, guidance and even a funny story or two. Question is, what do we give back to them in return? The answer should be places and resources that help them continue to maintain their independence. OLHSA, in partnership with Area Agency on Aging 1-B, has advice below for ways that communities can become more age friendly.


Faith in Action and OLHSA need your help

Please consider joining Faith in Action of Oakland County and OLHSA for The Great Rake on April 30th. We will be doing yard clean up for older adults in our community. See flyer for more details. We hope you will consider volunteering with us!


OLHSA Head Start hosts Valentine’s Day-themed male involvement activity

Over 100 families attended Head Start’s male involvement activity in February at its Pontiac location. Dads, brothers, grandfathers and other male family members dressed up in ties and the preschoolers were decked out in beautiful dresses and bow ties. During the event families enjoyed dinner, took pictures in the photo booth, completed Valentine’s Day art projects, showed off their dance moves and enjoyed their time together. The event gave father figures the opportunity to participate in...

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan awards OLHSA $24,000 for family nutrition and health initiatives

OLHSA recently received a grant for $24,000 from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan that will fund family health and wellness programming in Pontiac.

OLHSA was honored to be one of five recipients picked from the numerous applications submitted regionally. Through the UnitedHealthcare grant, OLHSA will enhance its family fitness and health and nutrition services, as well as our summer food program that serves families in Pontiac who would otherwise struggle to eat three meals each day....

Walk for Warmth heats hearts and homes

OLHSA hosted its 26th annual Walk for Warmth events on February 6th at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and February 20th at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center. The events, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, saw 1,200 participants in the form of walkers, sponsors and volunteers. Funds raised support emergency utility assistance, helping to keep Oakland and Livingston families safe and warm in their homes this winter. 

To date this year, cash and pledges have totaled $...

OLHSA Clients Get Ahead: Developing Awareness and Moving Forward

On February 1st OLHSA celebrated three motivated clients who are taking control of their futures. These participants’ completed a 16-week, 20-session course based on the book “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World”. The book and course are written for individuals in poverty and provides them with direction for examining the impact of the challenges they are facing and manifesting opportunities for a more successful life.

The course, held in the evenings, provided a learning...

Guest post: Pontiac Academy for Excellence instructors offer tips to help kids learn a new language

Children of all ages benefit from learning a new language through boosts in cognitive function, memory, listening, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, according to numerous studies. To help local families support their child’s foreign language journey at home, two of Pontiac Academy for Excellence’s instructors, Wenting Wang and Gustavo Potes, offer the following tips:

Have some fun
Wang suggests using interactive activities...

Livingston Walk for Warmth success story - The Watt family

In December 2014 Cathey and William Watt found themselves in a place they had never been before, one where they were unsure of their futures. That month William, a typically healthy man and the sole provider for the family, suddenly fell ill with heart issues that put him in the hospital and out of work for nearly four months. At the same time, Cathey was taking a break from working to focus her time on caring for her mother-in-law. With no income and medical bills piling up, the Watts began...