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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Working with OLHSA was an an amazing experience. I volunteered this past December for the children's holiday wish program. Everything was well organized and it felt great to be around so much positivity. Everyone wanted to help low-income children have an amazing Christmas. I love that the program allows the child to make their own wish list so they get what they want for Christmas. The world needs more organizations like OLHSA!

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

the Children's Holiday Wish program.

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I would make the name more direct and link it to other organizations in the area so that the company can reach more people and be more well known.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I really enjoy working with OLHSA staff on various Livingston County committees. Their staff members are very passionate about the mission of OLHSA and their enthusiasm is infectious! This organization is very aware of the human service issues facing our community and OLHSA is quick to respond with innovative programming to address these issues.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization through parnerships with OLHSA employees on various community committees.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would help them build additional staff capacity - they handle numerous tasks with a small staff and with volunteers.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

This was an amazing opportunity to help help support those in need. Our community really stepped up to provide assistance to such an important cause.

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many ways!

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

make more parking spots available in Pontiac, cut the writing parking tickets for parking to its already underpaid employees and cut the long line of "reserved parking". It makes the agency look like snobs.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

While I have not had an oppotunity to be a recipient of OLSHA services, I participated in the walked for warmth this past Saturday in Hartland. I think helping families in need is important especially during a down economy.

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I donated and walked during Walked for Warmth on February 12, 2011.

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

Not sure.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

The efforts made by OLHSA help the counties of Livingston and Oakland counties in a number of ways. Their Walk for Warmth program has helped many families in need for the last 25 years. No matter what the economic climate, OLHSA provides those who qualify with the means to pay home heating and energy bills. This program is only one of the many ways this organization contributes to the community. Their endevors to feed and house those who have fallen on hard times is a bedrock in our county. Thier participation in programs that provide home improvements and home weatherization have helped clients to save money and live in a safer, healthier environment. OLHSA's dedication to those who have fallen threw the cracks, makes me a proud volunteer for this organization

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Data entry for those helped by OLHSA. Phone work and fileing for the OLHSA clients.

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Given the economic environment our State/Country is experiencing, I believe that OLHSA is doing the best it can with its limited resources.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Although I have been active in many volunteer organizations, OLHSA stands out as an outstanding community service provider. Their range of programs and services touch the lives of almost every facet of the community, from the youngest to the oldest, from the need for heating assistance to helping AIDS patients with nutrition counseling. An innovative and creative organization, OLHSA has instituted programs designed to help people better manage their money through a matching savings program, helping clients set individual goals for a house downpayment or school tuition, even a small business startup. OLHSA also is unique in that their programs evolve to answer the ever changing community needs.

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To see people benefit from services, whether it be food distribution or the establishment of community gardens; to see little people and their parents learn and grow and develop from the Head Start program; to see people thankful for the weatherization program or heating assistance; to see the personal attention given to each client, no matter the need.

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

Funding for programs is essential. The community, the donors, the supporters always answer the need for heating assistance through the Walk for Warmth and other fund raising activities, but that is but one segment of the overall picture. Try as we might, the need for assistance never disappears and with the economic downturn, the needs are greater than the budget. A more stable funding stream would help OLHSA continue its long standing service tradition in the community.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

OLHSA is the organization that stretched its wings and surrounded my family and me with hope, dignity and love. The staff at the Howell office is exceptional in their caring and empathy. Rather than being put out on the street after my landlord's house was being re-claimed by the bank, I was able to choose a wonderful house to rent through the HPRP housing program. Knowing that I was a single mother with three children, un-employed for over 7 months, and my savings exhausted, the housing coordinators were able to offer the right assistance at the right time. While receiving services, I was given financial planning guidance, created goals that would be tracked with OLHSA's assistance, and pursued my dream of returning to school for my Masters Degree in Psychology. I have received nothing but recognition and support for my volunteer services, personal accomplishments and continual struggles. I am thankful for the help I've received, the opportunity to give back to my community, and the relationships that have developed by being a part of OLHSA's extended family.

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the housing programs, in moral and financial support, in volunteer opportunities, in personal recognition, in contributing to a cause, and to achieving my dreams.

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

Add staff to the small office, add job security for those that devote their lives to serving our community, and recognize their immense efforts in a more profound and public way.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

As not only a Board member but an executive in a community not-for profit hospital, I can attest to what OLHSA gracously and swiftly does to help community members in need. When the Michigan economy sank to its lowest, we had countless employees in danger losing their homes and unable to pay for utlities. OLHSA came immediately when we invited them to speak to our associates, and offered individual counseling as well as group presentations. We know of at least one home that was saved from foreclosure by OLHSA's help, and have heard from so many others who are so grateful for the counseling they received. OLHSA has never said "no." They may say, "No, we don't do that," but when that is the case, they refer us to whomever can provide us with what we need.

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Pontiac

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

somehow increase its visibility among both those in need and those refer others who are in need.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I am a member of the BH Optimist Club. We've partnered with OLHSA for years in so many ways that make a huge difference for the youth of our community. And OLHSA has so many more programs that support the community at large and the youth of the community that we do not partner on. I've been so impressed with the breadth, scope and depth of what they do. From low income home heating help to Home winterization programs, the excellent alternative school they run, along with thier pre-school that gives hundreds of toddlers a head start... it goes on and on. They have my full support and endorsement.

Blessings,

Jeff Duperon

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

Holiday Wish; Head Start; Alternative Elementary, Secondary, and High School; Weatherization Program (participant as landlord); Walk for Warmth for Home heating support (sponser and walker), and more....

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

Expand it. They are great adminisrators of community support programs. Add an Entreneurial program.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

OLHSA has an annual Walk for Warmth to raise funds to help cover heating bills for low income people. The event is well planned and fun. We recruited some young volunteers to participate. The following summer, the OLHSA staff welcomed our young people to their office to learn more about how they can help others through volunteering. Every child got the message - and hopefully will decide to "give back" to others as they grow older. Our young people have visual impairments and often are not asked for help. OLHSA gave them an opportunity to give of themselves.

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

observing the way they relate to people who seek assistance with respect, and the commitment they make to finding sources for funding.

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

emphasize the importance of staff in the delivery of services. Every dollar that provides service is vital; more dollars are needed to insure that service delivery is possible.

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