Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency

Rating: 4.76 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 196 Cesar E Chavez Avenue Pontiac MI 48342 USA

Mission: TO ENABLE THE LOW INCOME, ELDERLY AND DISABLED OF OAKLAND AND LIVINGSTON COUNTY TO BECOME MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

OLHSA does a fine service in Livingston County, providing help with heating costs, helping low income people find housing, and counseling services. The staff there go above and beyond to help people. The Walk for Warmth gets bigger each year and brings in more money to help people. They have helped many people obtain weatherization services in this bad economy.

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I have known people who have received tremendous help from the staff there who truly care about people in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more advocacy with the government to ensure its continued funding and try to get more funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

It is large enough to do a lot of good but personal enough to care.

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Rating: 5 stars  

OLHSA provides a great service to the community, providing clothing for people in need, food, heating funds, administers the weatherization program for Obama, and works tirelessly to help those in need. They are very active in the community and well-respected. They help hundreds of low income people in the community.

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We received approval for the weatherization program. Staff members made every effort to help us.

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Get a volunteer to call the churches and get all of them involved. It is hard to criticize this organization because they are doing their best.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at the past two "Walk for Warmth" events put on by OLHSA. Every employee of the organization was very passionate about the work they were performing and had many stories to share about the people they help on a daily basis. The passion of the employees of this organization is far above from what I have seen and experienced with other non-profit agencies.

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I have met and known people that have received assistance from OLHSA and it has had a tremendous and positive impact on their lives and the lives of their families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them more funds and resources to be able to help more families in our local community!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am on the board for the OLHSA Walk for Warmth project. I am amazed at the efforts put forth by so many to raise money to heat the homes of those in need. Corporations, small businesses, and individuals team up together to raise thousands of dollars for the cause. This year the demand is greater than ever and contributions are much harder to get. Through the efforts of so many who believe in the charitable work done by OLHSA, they've been very successful in meeting all of their goals.
The day of " The Walk" held in February each year is truly enjoyable, It is usually attended by 700 or more and it is a real fun day while raising contributions for home heating costs.
The sale of the little stuffed animals like bears or the current penguins has always increased donations. They've become a dated collectors item and this sale starts months before the actual day of the walk.
OLHSA always makes their volunteers feel special for every effort they make on their behalf. They are always thanking everyone for whatever help they give. They always make you feel very wanted and needed. People with delinquent heating bills are not the only project being done at OLHSA. This is only one out of 90 Projects!

Great group, well run, great leadership and very succesful.


Sincerely,



SM

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering and raising donations for the Walk For Warmth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Would'nt change a thing

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As both a volunteer and donating monies....The Mission and basic foundation of OLSHA is Community building...enriching.
All you need to do is to visit the school & facility and see what great work is being done. All in a professional and spirited manner.

The children need good leadership and caring hearts. This will give the children the right start in their future.

Our club supports the work and care that OLSHA provides.

Thank you
RG Dempster
President
Bloomfield Hills, Optimist Club

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We have gathered thousands of gifts and supported the school in many ways

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep supporting the vision and school

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for Gleaners Commuinty Food bank for years. As the needs of Livinsgston County have increased there is need to be effective in the delivery of services. With OLHSA's coordination of services with Gleaners, both againcies have been more efficient and effective.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Efficient delivery of services

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None

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've particated in Walk for Warmth for the last two years. It is a neat way to get personal exercise while helping those in need. I cannot imagine trying to get through a winter like we've been having without adequate heat or being under the threat of having your utilities turned off.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in the Walk for Warmth by making a personal contribution to assist them in carrying out their mission of service to the poor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

very severely limit the time spent with political presentations during the opening ceremony at the Walk for Warmth! We really don't care about hearing the politicians beat their own drums. We just want to get walking, the purpose for which we came!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter is a single mother of three and OLHSA hepled her with her weatherization. Without their help she would not be able to afford her heat ing bills. They came out to house and walked her through the process, hired the contractors and completed the work in a timely mannor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I work at a non-profit that interacts frequently with the Livingston County office of OLHSA. We refer people frequently, most often for housing or utility assistance, but also for the food/nutrition program. The OLHSA coworkers with whom we interact are timely, flexible, friendly and appear very much to be driven by a mission of service.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By the referred families reporting back to me the service that was received.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to provide additional service.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I have been participating in the Walk of Warmth sponsored by OLHSA for the past three years. I truly believed on the goals and objectives of event to serve the people in need in this particular area. I will support same endeavor for as long at it serves the community members in need.

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Rating: 4 stars  

It has been a pleasure and privilege partnering with everyone at OLHSA to fulfill the wishes of the children in the Optimists' Holiday Wish program. They do remarkable work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing presents for the children at Christmas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes.

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