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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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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

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

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