PRESS RELEASE: OLHSA names new Community and Energy Services Director


OLHSA names new Community and Energy Services Director


Pontiac, Mich., July 9, 2018 – OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, recently named Kathie Flanery its new Community and Energy Services director. Flanery is no stranger to OLHSA or Community Action and has been working in various roles for the agency since 2005.

After starting out at OLHSA, Flanery progressed and became the associate director for the Focus on Families program. Flanery wrote, designed and implemented a domestic violence protocol to assess the safety needs of female partners in the community. Because of this, in 2010 the Multi-County Call to Action Committee selected The Responsible Fatherhood Program as an Action Award recipient from Oakland County. The program was recognized for outstanding efforts to end domestic violence in our community.


She was also responsible for the coordination and implementation of two successful prisoner re-entry programs. Highlights during her time in this position include writing and receiving the Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grant in July 2011. This $1.3 million grant was written to implement the Father Factor Project and provide supportive services for incarcerated or recently released fathers and their family members. Flanery also designed and supervised the only program within the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office which allowed incarcerated fathers to have physical visits with their child in the facility and staff provided visits to the home of the child and caregiver to assess the needs of the family.


Her most recent role at OLHSA was the associate director for workforce development. Within this role she was responsible for all client and community networking interactions of OLHSA’s Workforce Development Program. She oversaw all aspects of OLHSA as a Community Ventures Service Provider in Oakland and Livingston Counties. She supervised programming that identifies and removes obstacles to employment through support with transportation, child care and obtaining professional attire or uniforms.


“I am looking forward to building on the great foundation that OLHSA has developed,” said Flanery. “My vision is to strengthen the current Community and Energy Services programs so that we can not only be responsive to the needs of our community, but also balance those community needs with strategic growth and unique resources.”


In her new role, Flanery will oversee her current programs and others under the Community and Energy Services division including weatherization, asset development, and the Welcome Center, which provides wraparound services to clients and includes emergency services and case management. 

OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 200,000 services were provided in 2016 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives.

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