Project Upward Bound

South Foundation Hall, Room 261
308 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3218
fax: (248) 370-3217
PUB@oakland.edu

Family Resources

Taking care of your family is more than just ensuring your students academic success, sometimes families need resources. Each tab below will connect you with resources in the local community to further assist you and your family beyond the classroom setting.

The resources that you find on these pages were gathered using the Parent University in Pontiac Resource Guide created by Gabrielle Sullivan. You can find the original guide and content here.

Day to Day Assistance

This tab provides a list of local community resources for things you may need for your family's everyday success. The list is broken down into the following categories, food / nutritional / meal assistance, financial assistance, housing assistance, child care resources and clothing and furniture needs.

Food and Nutrition Assistance
  • The Baldwin Center (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 332-6101
    • Website: Baldwincenter.org
    • Services:
      • During the Summer: lunches & enrichment camp offers breakfast, lunch and snack
      • Baby formula and food
      • After school enrichment program (elementary and middle school) offers a meal

  • Department of Human Services (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 975-5200
    • Website: Michigan.gov/mdhhs
    • Services:
      • Food Assistance
  • The Dream Center (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 499-6416
    • Website: dcofmi.org
    • Services:
      • Food pantry, thanksgiving meals
  • Hispanic Outreach (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 338-4250
    • Website: ccsem.org/Hispanic-outreach/
    • Services:
      • Basic needs assistance
  • Pontiac Public Library (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 758-3842
    • Website: Pontiac.lib.mi.us
    • Services:
      • Fresh food share community food program
  • Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 209-2600
    • Website: Olhsa.org
    • Services:
      • Emergency food assistance
  • Salvation Army (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 334-2407
    • Website: Thesalvationarmyusa.org
    • Services:
      • Food and nutrition support and programs
  • Healthy Pontiac (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 858-8810
    • Website: Healthypontiac.org
    • Services:
      • Fresh produce market, various fitness events (including free summer soccer)

Financial Assistance
  • Department of Human Services (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 975-5200
    • Website: Michigan.gov/mdhhs
    • Services:
      • WIC, Child support, Rehabilitation service and child care assistance

  • Hispanic Outreach (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 338-4250
    • Website: Ccsem.org/Hispanic-outreach/
    • Services:
      • Basic needs assistance, financial skills training
  • Lighthouse of Oakland County (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 920-6000
    • Website: Lighthouseoakland.org
    • Services:
      • Emergency services for immediate needs, free tax preparation, financial education and coaching, income benefits
  • Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA)(Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 209-2600
    • Website: Olhsa.org
    • Services:
      • Emergency Utility Assistance Program, Michigan Benefits Access, Energy Education, weatherization assistance, emergency rent/ mortgage assistance, financial management education
  • Salvation Army (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 334-2407
    • Website: Thesalvationarmyusa.org
    • Services:
      • Emergency financial assistance
  • Community Action Alliance W.R.A.P (Water Residential Assistance Program) (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (313) 386-WRAP (9727)
    • Website: Waynemetro.org/wrap
    • Services:
      • Assistance for those who have income and are at or below 150% poverty threshold: up to $1,00/ household per yr and $25 bill credit, home repairs assistance, water saving kits
  • RJ Credit Associates (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 451-1533
    • Website: Facebook.com/rjcreditassociates
    • Services:
      • Credit repair, credit and debt counseling, BK precourses, 1st time homebuyers credit prep, budget discipline and home loan modification

Housing Assistance
  • Department of Human Services (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 975-5200
    • Website: Michigan.gov/mdhhs
    • Services:
      • Hope for a Home

  • Lighthouse of Oakland County (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 920-6000
    • Website: Lighthouseoakland.org
    • Services:
      • Homebuyer education, transitional housing, Lighthouse Community Development
  • Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 209-2600
    • Website: Olhsa.org
    • Services:
      • Utility assistance, chore services (for those over age 60), energy education, homeownership counseling and assistance, weatherization assistance, emergency rent / mortgage assistance, Foreclosure prevention and property tax delinquency education

Childcare Resources
  • Centro Multicultural Familia (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 858-7800
    • Website: Centromulticultural.org
    • Services:
      • Home based parenting programs

  • Department of Human Services (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 975-5200
    • Website: Michigan.gov/mdhhs
    • Services:
      • Child care assistance

  • Baldwin Center (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 332-6101
    • Website: Baldwincenter.org
    • Services:
      • After school program (elementary through middle school)

  • Dream Center of Pontiac (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 499-6416
    • Website: Dcofmi.org
    • Services:
      • Elementary tutoring, literacy program and school supplies

  • Hispanic Outreach (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 338-4250
    • Website: Ccsem.org/Hispanic-outreach
    • Services:
      • Summer programs, mentorships, education, interpretation and translation services

  • Lighthouse of Oakland County (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 920-6000
    • Website: Lighthouseoakland.org

  • Oakland Family Services (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 920-6000
    • Website: Lighthouseoakland.org
    • Services:
      • Children’s learning Center (14 months - 5yrs), Great Start Readiness (4 yr old children), Early on health assessments (under age 3) for developmental delays physical or medical conditions, Fussy Baby seminars (under age 3), Parents as Teachers class (for parents of children under age 6)

  • Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 209-2600
    • Website: Olhsa.org
    • Services:
      • Early head start (daycare services), Great Start Readiness Program (children age 4), Head Start Preschool (ages 3-5), Head start Connections (preparing preschoolers and parents on maintaining relationships if separation were to occur), Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (support group for grandparents 55+ raising grandchildren)

  • Pontiac Youth Assistance (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 451-7549
    • Website: Pontiacyouthassistance.org
    • Services:
      • Annual breakfast meeting, annual youth recognition, student enrichment program (skill building), summer camps, Mentor’s PLUS

  • Salvation Army (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 334-2407
    • Website: Thesalvationarmyusa.org
    • Services:
      • Camping activities, visitation services, character building programs, community recreation programs, day camp activities, latchkey programs, education programs, Sunday school

  • Boys and Girls Club (Auburn Hills, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 852-1336
    • Website: Bgca.org
    • Services:
      • education/ career programs, character/ leadership programs, health/ life skills, arts, sports/fitness/ Recreation programs

  • Center for Success (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 977-2492
    • Website: Cfspontiac.org
    • Services:
      • After school programs, literacy program, and parental development
  • Creative Arts Center (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 333-7849
    • Website: Pontiac.mi.us/about/creative_arts
    • Services:
      • Art education, programs, and exhibits

  • Pontiac Public Library (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 758-3842
    • Website: Pontiac.lib.mi.us
    • Services:
      • Story time, monthly teen movie, lego and robot club, music making club and book club
  • Power Company Kids Club (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 253-1557
    • Website: Powercompanykidsclub.org
    • Services:
      • Christian based mentoring and training with saturday sessions, home visits, leadership development, school assemblies, feeding program, leadership academy
  • Project Excel (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 451-6852
    • Website: pontiac.k12.mi.us/domain/41   
    • Services:
      • After School programs (from 3pm-6pm for alcott elementary, herrington elementary, Owen elementary, Rogers elementary, WHRC elementary, Pontiac high school and middle school) offering academic support, technology, physical activities, leadership development, character education, life skills, career planning, wellness/ nutrition, drug/ violence prevention, entrepreneurial skills, and stem initiatives

  • Sheriff Police Athletic League - Oakland County (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 858-0775
    • Website: Sherrifpal.com  
    • Services:
      • Law enforcement officials inspire and support youth through athletics and a variety of other programs to promote self confidence, self esteem, civic engagement, academic achievement and form better members of society

Clothing and Furniture Needs
  • Baldwin Center (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 332-6101
    • Website: Baldwincenter.org
    • Services:
      • Clothes Closet (free - low cost)

  • Dream Center of Pontiac (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 499-6416
    • Website: Dcofmi.org
    • Services:
      • Clothes Closet, coat drives

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 338-8392
    • Website: facebook.com/restorepontiac/?fref=ts

  • Humble Design (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 338-8392
    • Website: humbledesign.org/home
    • Services:
      • Furnishes homes for families transitioning out of homelessness
Healthcare, Counseling
and Disability Support

This tab provides a list of local community resources for things you may need for your family's health. The list is broken down into the following categories, health insurance, mental health resources, dental, disability support and primary care resources.

Mental Health Services
  • Oakland University (Rochester, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 370-2633
    • Website: oakland.edu/counseling/sehs-cc/
    • Services:
      • Free with counseling with masters students at OU

  • Oakland Family Services (Pontiac, MI) 
    • Phone: (248) 858-7766
    • Website: Oaklandfamilyservices.org
    • Services:
      • Mental health treatment, adolescent substance abuse, alcohol/ drug treatment, women’s substance abuse program
  • Common Ground (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: Resource / Legal Line: (800) 231-1127
    • Website: Commongroundhelps.org
    • Services:
      • Mental Health services, crisis intervention services, mental health first aid training, The Sanctuary (3 wk residential counseling from runaways and youth ages 10-17 - goal reunite families), counseling (outpatient and in-home for ind. And families w. 10-17 yr. olds), victim assistance program (24 hr access to counselors and advocates for victims of crime, domestic/ sexual assault/abuse, and workplace violence)

Primary Care and Dental Resources
  • Centro Multicultural Familia (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 858-7800
    • Website: Centromulticultural.org
    • Services:
      • Medicaid application and health coordination assistance
      • Women’s Center
      • Ventanilla de Salud Health Education
      • Mental Health Services
      • Substance Abuse Services
  • Dream Center (Pontiac, MI)
    • Medical and Dental Clinic
    • Phone: (248) 499-6416
    • Website: Dcofmi.org
    • Services:
  • Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 209-2600
    • Website: Olhsa.org
    • Services:
      • Health insurance help, Michigan Benefits access, Resource Advocacy (for completing medicare, medicaid, and senior citizen referral paperwork), Michigan Enrolls ( health care education/ outreach, and medicaid enrollment), Chore Services (for adults over age 60)
  • Family Focus Health Clinic (Lake Orion, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 639-4250
    • Website: Cgrave9.wixsite.com/familyfocushealth
    • Services:
      • Assistance for women who are pregnant
  • Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 309-3752
    • Website: Garyburnsteinclinic.org
    • Services:
      • No cost clinic to those 18-65, at or below 250% poverty level, uninsured. Services include: family medicine, internal medicine, dental work/ hygiene, podiatry, gynecology, chiropractic, ophthalmology, ENT, neurology, prescription support, physical therapy, rheumatology, infectious disease, lab work and dermatology
  • Oakland County Primary Health Services (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 322-6747
    • Website: OaklandPrimaryHealthServices.org
    • Services:
      • Services are NOT free but include: primary health, preventative care, mental health, health assessments, vision and hearing screenings, medication, immunization, treatment of acute illness, co-management of chronic illness, health education, medicaid outreach and enrollment, oral health services, specialty care referrals

Disability Support
  • Easter Seals (Auburn Hills, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 475-6300
    • Website:  Easterseals.com
    • Services:
      • Accessibility resources, autism services, in- home care, mental health services, therapy, respite service
  • Pontiac Public Library (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 758-3842
    • Website:  Pontiac.lib.mi.us
    • Services:
      • Test proctoring for students with disabilities and book club for visually impaired
Legal, Crisis and
Language Services

This tab provides a list of local community resources for things you may need for support. The list is broken down into the following categories, legal, crisis and language service needs.

Legal

  • Hispanic Outreach (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 338-4250
    • Website: Ccsem.org/Hispanic-outreach/
    • Services:
      • Legal services, governmental program case management, referrals, translation and interpretation services
  • Salvation Army (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 334-2407
    • Website: Thesalvationarmyusa.org
    • Services:
      • Casework services, visitation services
  • Common Ground (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: Resource/ Legal Line: (800) 231-1127
    • Website: Commongroundhelps.org
    • Services:
      • Free legal consultation
  • Legal Aid and Defender Associates (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 253-1548
    • Website: ladadetroit.org

Crisis Services
  • Lighthouse of Oakland County Housing (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 920-6000
    • Website: Lighthouseoakland.org
  • Oakland Family Services (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 920-6000
    • Website: Lighthouseoakland.org
    • Services:
      • Mental health treatment, adolescent substance abuse, alcohol/ drug treatment, women’s substance abuse program

Language
  • Pontiac Public Library (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 758-3842
    • Website:  Pontiac.lib.mi.us
    • Services:
      • ESL for native spanish speakers
Continuing Education and
Workforce Support

This tab provides a list of local community resources for things you may need for you to advance your career, grow your skill set or continue your education. The list is broken down into the following categories, beginning and continuing your degree, technology and job skill support, interview support and job opportunities.

Beginning and continuing on your degree
  • Adult Education
    • Hispanic Outreach  (Pontiac, MI)
      • Phone: (248) 338-4250
      • Website: Ccsem.org/Hispanic-outreach/
      • Services:
        • Legal services, governmental program case management, referrals, translation and interpretation services
  • GED Prep
    • Baldwin Center first and third Tuesdays of every month at noon
  • Oakland Community College
    • Guaranteed acceptance if living in county, free application

Technology and Job Skills Support
  • Pontiac Public Library (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 758-3842
    • Website: Pontiac.lib.mi.us
    • Services:
      • Computer classes
  • Easter Seals (Auburn Hills, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 475-6300
    • Website: Easterseals.com
    • Services:
      • Employment and training as well as senior career employment for those with physical or mental disabilities
  • Hispanic Outreach (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 338-4250
    • Website: Ccsem.org/Hispanic-outreach/
    • Services:
      • Translation and interpretation services, job skills
  • Lighthouse of Oakland County (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 920-6000
    • Website: Lighthouseoakland.org
    • Services:
      • Workforce development, life skills and empowerment programs, income benefits
  • Labor Ready/ People Ready (Pontiac, MI)
    • Phone: (248) 332-5555
    • Website: Laborready.com
    • Services:
      • Temporary work agency specializing in manufacturing, waste and recycling, hospitality, auto, construction, disaster recover, events and venues, retail, logistics

Interview Support

Job Opportunities
  • Job sites for Oakland County
    • Indeed.com - Oakland County Job Postings
      • indeed.com/l-Oakland-County,-MI-jobs.html
    • Michigan Works
      • michiganworks.org/
    • Pure Michigan Talent
      • mitalent.org/