Mission: TO ENABLE THE LOW INCOME, ELDERLY AND DISABLED OF OAKLAND AND LIVINGSTON COUNTY TO BECOME MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT
Programs: Child & family services division:early childhood programs - an important part of olhsa's mission is helping young children fulfill their potential. We offer several programs designed to make sure children have access to the nutritional, medical, and educational services they need. Together these programs provide young children and their families with opportunities both in and out of the classroom; opportunities that they might not have otherwise. Many of these programs also offer support for the family since healthy childhood development depends just as much on strong family relationships and ready access to physicians as it does on having a positive classroom environment. Eligibility for these programs is determined primarily by income and age but special consideration is given to families of children with disabilities. Olhsa is there to lend a helping hand to parents who are ready to take the initiative in their child's welfare. Family resources:olhsa works hard to link available services in the community to families in need. Our aim is to provide them with the resources that will allow them to achieve goals for themselves and their children. Local community agencies participate on policy council and are present at parent meetings resulting in a strong support system for resources and services for families.
food services division:food pantries emergency food assistancea federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. The emergency food assistance (tefap)various food staples are distributed to low-income households on a quarterly basis. Food for seniors (csfp-sr) (aka focus hope in oakland county)monthly food program for homebound and other seniors aged 60 and over in oakland and livingston counties. Michigan benefits accessassistance in signing up for state benefits you may be eligible for, including snap, liheap, tanf, child care subsidies, schip, medicaid, and eitc. Olhsa south food pantry ferndale (oakland county only)the pantry provides food staples or food certificates to oakland county residents. We use grants, a partnership with gleaners community food bank, and donations to keep the pantry stocked. Shared harvest pantry (livingston county only)olhsa, in partnership with gleaners community food bank provides food assistance and information about other services available through olhsa and gleaners, to livingston county residents. Summer food service program (summer lunch) (oakland county only)olhsa provides a nutritious breakfast and/or lunch to youth in churches, parks, schools and recreation centers in and around pontiac. The emergency food assistance program (tefap)olhsa distributes food staples quarterly to low-income people at over 60 accessible locations across oakland county.
energy optimization program:provides energy efficient home improvements possibly including cfl light bulbs, energy star refrigerators, insulation, programmable thermostats, air sealing, high efficiency furnaces, and high efficiency water heaters.
various programs such as: economic security, emergency financial programs, housing and emergency housing, health, hiv/aids health, and education
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.
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.