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OLHSA's 2015 Annual Report is ready!

Are you interested in learning about what OLHSA accomplished in 2015? Read about program highlights, client quotes, services provided and more in our annual report. You can find our 2015 annual report on our website, 

Head Start learns about growing plants and herbs through AeroGardens

Head Start preschoolers in Pontiac enjoyed watching herbs and produce grow over the past few months using special AeroGardens. The indoor gardens were purchased through a Michigan Farm to School grant, which assists with bringing fresh produce into schools.

Herbs that have been grown so far are Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Curly Parsley, cilantro, chive, mint, and dill. OLHSA Head Start also purchased more seed kits that will grow produce like tomatoes and peppers. So...

WIC clinic open at OLHSA in Pontiac

Did you know that OLHSA now has a WIC clinic on-site at its office in Pontiac? Services offered include assistance for pregnant or new mothers, breastfeeding support, healthcare services, nutrition counseling, referrals to community resources, supplemental food and more! To find out more information please call 877-526-2438.

OLHSA nominees win Michigan Community Action awards

OLHSA is proud of its Michigan Community Action (MCA) award-winning nominees, Representative Tim Greimel for Legislator of the Year and Matthew Dziadosz for one of MCA’s volunteer awards. Representative Greimel has been a long-time supporter of OLHSA, joining us for events, board meetings, in Head Start classrooms and more. Representative Greimel was especially helpful establishing a funding source for OLHSA’s new deconstruction and blight removal...

Mobile OLHSA Welcome Center now at Woodside Dream Center in Pontiac

OLHSA is excited to offer appointments through its new mobile Welcome Center at the Woodside Dream Center in Pontiac. Mobile Welcome Centers offer the same services as OLHSA’s main office locations and we are able to reach more individuals who may have difficulty with transportation. Services offered can include help through our early childhood programs, energy services, financial education services, health and nutrition, housing, older adult services and more.


Water Residential Assistance Program open to select communities in Oakland County

OLHSA, as part of the Community Action Alliance, is now offering assistance with water bills through the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) to residents of certain communities in Oakland County.

The communities of Pontiac, Keego Harbor, Bingham Farms, Southfield, Ferndale, Orchard Lake, City of Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Commerce Township, Madison Heights and Orion Township are officially participating in OLHSA’s program. Appointments...

Detroit Pistons mascot, Hooper, visits Head Start to teach healthy eating, exercise

Thanks to the Champions of Healthy Kids grant through General Mills, OLHSA was able to bring in Hooper, the mascot from the Detroit Pistons, to visit Head Start classrooms in Pontiac. Hooper visited all of the classrooms throughout the day and explained the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. He also led the children in some simple exercises, like jumping jacks, running in place, and stretches. The preschoolers enjoyed the exercise and lots of laughs could be...

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.