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NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION 2016: Early Childhood Services Evaluation Contractors

OLHSA is accepting Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for evaluation contracting services in Southeastern counties for OLHSA’s Early Childhood Division’s perusal of grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The program prioritizes services to families with children impacted by incarceration. Minimum requirements: 10 years experience in providing evaluation services, including experience in conducting local impact evaluation. Pursual of this grant requires...

Weatherization Day Workshop provides tips to help individuals save energy and dollars

Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed the month of October to be recognized as Weatherization Month in Michigan. OLHSA celebrated throughout the month as well as on October 30th, which is Weatherization Day. During the month, OLHSA staff was provided with email tips on how to save energy and reduce the cost of their energy bills. OLHSA hosted a Weatherization Day workshop to wrap up the month. The workshop was open to the public and featured a presentation on how weatherization works as well as...

OLHSA helps local residents improve their job security

OLHSA is currently offering services to help local residents overcome employment barriers and see career success. The increase in available services is made possible by grant funding and OLHSA’s official designation as Community Ventures service provider for Pontiac via the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).


As the Community Ventures service provider for Pontiac, OLHSA will eliminate employability challenges and encourage professional growth. Obstacles to...

OLHSA Head Start receives book donations for students’ personal libraries

In October, OLHSA Head Start held its first ever Run to Read fundraising campaign. The goal of the event was to promote exercise at Friendship Park in Lake Orion, but more so to encourage monetary and book donations for our 1,700 Head Start students in Oakland County.  While the event was a success thanks to Orion Township’s donation of their park, the Orion Township Fire Department and other thoughtful sponsors, OLHSA is still seeking book donations.


With close to 1,500...

OLHSA recognized at DTE Energy’s Excellence in Energy Efficiency Celebration

On November 5, OLHSA was recognized by DTE Energy for helping to run successful programs:  the Refrigerator Replacement Program and the Test and Tune Program, provided as part of DTE Energy’s Residential Energy Efficiency Assistance. Through these programs OLHSA and DTE Energy are helping low-income families reduce energy costs in their homes. 


So far in 2015, OLHSA has processed thousands of refrigerator replacement applications and 1,122 people received new, ENERGY...

Guest post: Have a safe, fun Halloween in Pontiac

By William Jackson, Superintendent and CAO, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

Halloween is right around the corner. As you’re helping your kids decide what they want to be, and thinking about how you’ll celebrate, consider taking a few simple actions that will ensure a wonderful holiday. We encourage everyone to make the choices that will lead to a festive, safe environment for some old-fashioned Halloween fun in Pontiac. 

Have the happiest of Halloweens with...

OLHSA’s summer food program serves more than thirty thousand meals in 2015

This summer OLHSA teamed up with United Way of Southeastern Michigan to promote healthy living among children and individuals with disabilities in Pontiac through the Meet Up and Eat Up program.

With the primary focus on making fresh, nutritious food choices easily accessible, OLHSA provided meals at a total of 37 locations. Breakfasts and lunches were available at seven sites that included that included...

Getting Ahead program gives those in poverty the tools they need to be successful

Deana Smith saw a vast amount of opportunities in front of her after completing the “Getting Ahead in a Just- Getting-by-World” class based upon the book with the same title.  She was visiting OLHSA to receive assistance with her propane bill when she learned about the class. After attending the class she had hope for her future. By being involved in the course she was also informed of job openings and is currently employed part-time here at OLHSA.

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Summer Youth Employment Program continues to grow in its fourth year

For the fourth year in a row, OLHSA was award funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the Summer Youth Employment Program.  This year 80 Pontiac young adults were given the opportunity to build their resumes while gaining valuable employment-related experience. Participants are provided with the experiences needed to develop the attitude, skills and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.

During...

Head Start and Pontiac Academy for Excellence hold community, health and enrollment events

Head Start and Pontiac Academy for Excellence held two community events this summer. Summerfest was held in July and a Back to School Rally in August. Both events had an excellent turnout and we were excited to partner with PAE to support the families in our community. During Summerfest, families enjoyed free food, bounce houses, musical entertainment, a rock wall and more. The Back to School Rally provided free health screenings, food donated by Gleaners, a bounce house...

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