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May We Continue to Grow and Work Together
I bring you greetings in the name of Jesus. As the Bishop of New Birth International Church, in the comeback city of Pontiac, I am proud to be the Pastor of such an amazing group of people. For over 16 years, our vision for ministry is to be a church without walls, open to the community, meeting the needs of our neighbors and friends from Pontiac as well as the surrounding areas.
The month of May brings Mental Health Awareness Month. We are working in partnership with Oakland Family Services and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to find African Americans in Oakland County who have not gotten aftercare for mental health and substance use disorders while seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. By sharing their experiences, we hope to uncover some of the root causes for the disparities in treatment and if possible, to find solutions. The Michigan Endowment Fund pioneered the original study into this problem. Oakland Family Services has been the lead agency in Oakland County, conducting interviews and focus groups to compile information that can help explain the causes and effects of these disparities on our residents.
May also celebrates mothers. It’s important to also recognize organizations such as the Black Mothers’ Breast-Feeding Association (BMBFA). We recently hosted their Community-Based Doulas training, which was well attended. BMBFA focuses providing education, valuable resources and ongoing support to black families and public/private agencies that service these families. It is so important that our African American mothers receive emotional and technical support as they prepare to bring new life into the world. The mortality rate for Black mothers is higher than any other ethnic group inn our country, education, and support from groups such as this will do a lot to help bring the mortality rates down and help us have healthier births.
As a life-long resident of this city of Pontiac, I have experienced plenty in the days of abundant. Employment was outstanding with the car industrial. (Pontiac Motor, Fisher Body etc. (The All-American City) The darkest of days, in Pontiac was the closing of the plant’s unemployment silence this city, as well as Covid, but the foundation that the City of Pontiac was built on cause us not to die. Our multicultural city with great diversity took the worse and created a city that will aside with any city. Employment is on the rise and many new entrepreneurs are being established every day. As we come together in the spirit of unity, I am sure that there will be nothing that we can’t accomplish together.
In the journey of life, I’ve learned a few things, one knowledge is power, and integrity will take you to places you never thought you could achieve. We all face challenges in life, but in the darkest hours there is always an answer. Don’t let the uncertainty of your circumstances rob you of your identity and your peace. If you wait until the storm passes you will be able to make a comeback.
Bishop Theresa Lee,
New Birth International Church
The Pontiac Promise Zone is a program that enables students living within the Pontiac School District. Graduate from a PPZ approved high school. Can obtain financial assistance to attend any college, university or trade school in Michigan and earn a two-year degree, four-year degree or certification.
• Commitment Satisfaction - Receive up to $8,000 per year, paid in increments of up to $4,000 per semester. Pontiac Promise Zone funds are applied towards tuition and fees only. (Funds cannot be applied towards room and board etc.)
• Book Reimbursement - If eligible, you may also qualify for up to $400 per semester in book reimbursement. This amount is offered even if the student does not receive the tuition scholarship.
• First Requirement - Live within the boundaries of the Pontiac School District, which includes some addresses in Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Rochester, Lake Angelus, and White Lake in addition to all Pontiac addresses. Find out more.
Article by Pontiac School District NEWS Winter 2022
Oakland Schools’ STEMi Mobile Innovation Station visited Pontiac High School in January providing students with unique, hands-on learning activities featuring advanced technology and more.
STEMi offers more than 1,000 square feet of activities for up to 40 students at a time. Students who participated had the opportunity to experience firsthand working with autonomous vehicles, collaborative robots, smart manufacturing, and extended reality. This level of interactive learning brings real world understanding for how these innovations are activated in the professional world. It also serves as a wonderful introduction and complement to our Career Pathways programs and other STEM initiatives.
Welcome to the NEW BOARD MEMBERS!Anisha Hannah
What inspired you to want to be a part of the PSD Board of Education?
In my role with Pontiac Collective Impact Partnership, I began to hear and learn more about the positive things happening within the district. So much talk over the years has been about what wasn’t working within the district; I thought more people should know about the exciting things happening here. Our Superintendent and staff work hard to provide our students with a quality educational experience. I wanted to do my part to help make sure our students have that quality educational experience too, so I thought I would lend my service to the Board of Education. Read More.
What inspired you to want to be a part of the PSD Board of Education?
There are many things that have inspired me to want to be part of the PSD Board of Education. I was born and raised in the City of Pontiac and attended school within the district. Growing up in the Pontiac and watching and learning about opportunities to serve, give back, and support the continued growth of this community became important. There were discussions with family and friends who were encouraging and supportive of my endeavors to commit to needs of our students and their families. After praying on the decision and understanding the nature of this responsibility I knew that I would be able to contribute by shaping the future of Pontiac Schools and our community. Read More.
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HONOR COMMUNITY HEALTH!
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH!
Honor Community Health is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) community health center with 16 sites throughout Oakland County, Michigan – including six integrated primary care sites, one dental site, a mobile dental bus, four school-based health centers and four school-based empowerment zones.
As a federally qualified health center (FQHC), Honor Community Health provide access to primary, behavioral health, dental care, and other specialty services to the communities we serve – regardless of insurance status, place of residence or ability to pay. FQHCs are governed by a consumer-majority, volunteer Board of Directors that are connected to the communities we serve.
Honor Community Health’s primary focus is to provide high quality health services to those who have little or no access to health care, regardless of income or insurance status.
To provide for the health and wellness needs of the underserved of Oakland County through the provision of comprehensive, integrated primary, behavioral health, and dental care.
HONOR COMMUNITY HEALTH IS A HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS CENTER!
Our mission is to meet the health and wellness needs of vulnerable populations throughout Oakland County – including the homeless – through the provision of integrated primary care.
In spring of 2015, Honor Community Health was awarded a Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) grant, allowing homeless individuals in Oakland County access to quality health care services from our highly trained clinicians. Honor Community Health is one of only a couple hundred HCH-funded providers in the United States.
Our HCH program is community-based, and provides comprehensive primary care, specialty care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, dental care and other supportive services for the homeless.
If you are currently staying in an emergency shelter, on the street, camping out or even staying with a friend temporarily, you may be eligible for our services through the Healthcare for the Homeless program.
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Mental Health grants awarded to 42 non-profit agencies
By Oakland County Executive Office
Oakland County announced last week that it awarded $8.5 million in Oakland Together Mental Health and Wellbeing grants to 42 non-profit agencies to increase access to mental health services to Oakland County residents.
The grants are funded through some of the federal American Rescue Plan dollars received by the county. The non-profit organizations will be building, expanding or offering new mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse services across Oakland County. Read More.
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How to help
Oakland County Health Division Expands Testing Sites Because of COVID-19 Surge
Pontiac, Michigan – Record numbers of COVID-19 cases are prompting Oakland County Health Division to expand COVID-19 drive-through testing beginning next week. To make an appointment, go to www.oakgov.com/COVID and click on the COVID Testing button or contact the Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.
Drive-through testing will be available at the following locations:
Appointments are strongly encouraged. Read More.
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Phoenix rising? Pontiac on the edge of a recovery.
One hundred years ago, riding north up Woodward Avenue from Detroit to Pontiac was a voyage from one successful urban landscape to another. Set alongside the Clinton River, Pontiac was more than just the county seat of Oakland County, but a capital of the new and thriving automobile industry. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Pontiac grew and thrived as tens of thousands of autoworkers moved to the city from the American South to work in its General Motors auto assembly plants such as at Pontiac Assembly, and African Americans traveled north in the Great Migration seeking work, education, the opportunity to vote and escape oppression from Jim Crow laws of the South. Surrounding areas, including Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Birmingham also benefitted and grew as luxury areas where executives and management sought to settle with their families.
Fast forward to 2021, and Pontiac is struggling to reinvent itself after decades of poverty and decay. As quickly as Pontiac shot to stardom so too did its urban light dim, a victim of changing ideas of urban living and changing fortunes to the American automobile industry.
Just as Detroit has begun to reinvent itself in the last decade or so as a new model of urban renewal, so too is Pontiac working to develop itself as a new and vibrant city, one where young, creative talent will want to live, an affordable option for those who may have been priced out of neighboring towns, and where several large corporations, from Amazon to United Wholesale Mortgage, have seized upon the opportunity to relocate. The question is whether this is Pontiac's time to rise from its ashes, or if it will continue to smolder. Read More.
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Meet Our Leadership
Tim Greimel, Mayor of the City of Pontiac
About Mayor Greimel
Tim Greimel has a proven track record of fighting for Pontiac residents and families. He has represented Pontiac in the Michigan legislature (2012-2018), serving as the Democratic leader of the Michigan House of Representatives for four of those years, and on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners (2007-12).
As County Commissioner, Tim worked to diversify our economy by attracting new businesses to Pontiac and led efforts to provide health insurance for our most vulnerable citizens. He established an innovative micro-loan program to help small businesses start up and grow. When the economic downturn hit, Tim successfully worked with members of both parties to balance the county budget without raising taxes. Read More.
David Coulter, County Executive
About David Coulter
David Coulter is honored to serve as Oakland County's third County Executive. At this important juncture for our County, his inclusive style seeks to leverage the strength of county government and tap the broad diversity of our residents to open a new doorway for future progress.
Dave brings a wealth of local government and executive experience. He represented Southeast Oakland County on the Board of Commissioners from 2002-2010 where he was well-respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. While on the board, he was a member of the Finance committee which oversaw Oakland County's balanced three-year budget and started an innovative program that provided health insurance to over 5000 residents. Read More.