Volunteer at the Community Center!

Volunteering is a phenomenal way to get involved, give back, and get to know your community. Whether on your own or in a group, it is a fulfilling experience. And not to mention, it keeps programs and events that define our community running smoothly. It’s important to remember that volunteers are needed throughout the whole year – not just at big events. Truthfully, volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and of our Community Center.

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities at the Auburn Hills Community Center and there is always something new coming around that we can use your help at.

Volunteer Kitchen Help

Kitchen Help – The Auburn Hills Community Center is looking for volunteers for our monthly Senior Parties and daily meal service. Daily meal service includes packing meals for Meals on Wheels, as well as, serving meals on site to our seniors. We also have monthly Senior Parties. This includes set up, food service, tear down, and clean up. These parties have monthly themes and are a lot of fun for our seniors and volunteers.

Time: Varies, 10am-12pm or 10am-1pm
Place: Community Center

 

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Meals on Wheels – Our Community Center is looking for Meals on Wheels drivers. Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers nutritious and well-balanced meals to home-bound seniors Monday – Friday. The Community Center is the starting point for Meal Delivery in Auburn Hills. Volunteers pick up meals to be delivered and deliver them to the home-bound seniors designated on each route. We are looking for consistent individuals, as well as, back-up help for this fulfilling program. This is great for groups or individuals.

Time: 10am – 12pm, Monday through Friday

Homebound Library Program – The Auburn Hills Library needs volunteers to help deliver library books and materials to home-bound residents. Volunteers are needed every 3 to 6 weeks depending on the need, and materials are picked up at the library. Delivery takes about an hour. If you’re interested in helping our home-bound seniors, then this might be the volunteer opportunity for you!

Time: Varies

Rake and Run – Do you have a group that is looking to get involved and help seniors in the community? The Rake and Run program is a perfect opportunity for you! Rake and Run takes place over 2 weeks in fall, and groups are assigned to houses belonging to Auburn Hills seniors who are unable to rake the leaves in their yard. Groups are able to select any of the dates (listed below), but supplies (rakes) are limited. Groups are welcome to bring their own rakes or lawn supplies (bags are supplied). Groups will pick up supplies at the our Community Center, and then head out into the community to rake and bag leaves. This is a great group opportunity!

Dates: October 24th – November 7th
Time: Varies by group preference and supply availability

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, visit our website and fill out a Volunteer Application. You can email, mail, or bring the application back to the Community Center. For more information about any of these opportunities, feel free to contact Natalie Stasyk, the Senior Services Volunteer Coordinator at 248-370-9353.

Volunteer at the Community Center!

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit

Last week, the CCRC (Coordinated Community Response Coalition) of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne hosted the first regional summit for Elder Abuse. It included task representatives from Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. Our purpose and goal was to discuss the many barriers we all face with assisting our victims of elder abuse, as well as the sharing of best practices for handling these difficult circumstances.

Elder abuse is a significant public health problem. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Studies show elder abuse is experienced by 1 out of every 10 people, ages 60 and older, who live at home. This statistic is likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to disclose or report the violence.

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit Presentation

I have been part of the CCRC for Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County’s for over 10 years. The CCRC is a network of professional’s who work with older adults. We have representatives from the legal world including attorneys, prosecutors, judges, police officers, social service agencies, adult protective services, financial institutions, and more. We have hosted educational training’s on how to recognize, react, and respond to victims of elder abuse.

One of the great benefits of belonging to this network is having access to a vast array of professionals that we can tap into to assist our clients. We also have provided educational outreach materials, hosted 2 international conferences: “Elder Abuse Has No Boarders,” which brought in top level professionals who work on a daily basis with victims of elder abuse to share their experiences and provide insight for other professionals.

At the end of the Summit we all agreed there is so much more work to be done to build awareness of elder abuse and ways to prevent it, and to successfully prosecute it. We also agreed that by sharing best practices, concerns, and ideas can make a bigger impact than alone. Some of these applications included; development of a county-wide task force on Hoarding, outreach of printed and social media pieces on Elder Abuse Awareness, and educational training’s to law enforcement, emergency responders, senior center staff, and nursing home staff. We will be also creating a web-based sharing library of resources each Task Force member will be able to access.

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Group

Being part of this alliance has been beneficial for our community. Elder Abuse occurs in every community and affects seniors of all socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and Auburn Hills is no exception. There have been situations over the years when I was assisting someone who had been a victim of elder abuse, and having the ability to reach out to my counterparts in the CCRC aided in me being able to obtain the appropriate assistance for our victims. Another benefit has been the ongoing training and education in awareness and prevention of elder abuse I have participated in, as well as, coordinating training’s.

Margaret Mead said it best: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 

 

Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit

Building for our Future

Ever wonder what lies behind the development of a city?

Since the dawn of industrial age, communities established essential systems that everyone uses on a daily basis. Much of these structures include water, sewer and sanitation, electric power, and yes, roads . We rely on these resources and expect them to function for us. Whether we are driving on a road or running a faucet to clean dishes, it is established through the infrastructures we maintain and develop.

However, these tasks can be challenging, time consuming and delays can occur.

This year the City broke ground on eight construction projects. The total investment of the projects is 19 million dollars. Of that 19 million dollars, half was funded by non-City sources.

The projects include construction of an amphitheater and splash pad at Riverside Park, road, streetscape and water service improvements in the downtown corridor (Auburn Road), road improvements at Giddings Road, Hamlin Road, North Squirrel Road, and Walton Boulevard. Lastly a bridge, road, and water service improvements at Opdyke Road.

Construction Project Stats

 

All of these projects were undertaken to enhance City services by maintaining our infrastructure, and providing for the safety for all those that live, work, and/or play in Auburn Hills.

For more information about the 2018 construction projects, please contact the Department of Public Works by email at: dpw@auburnhills.org, or by phone at: (248) 391-3777.

If you’re interested in getting more involved, consider joining one of our Boards or Commissions.

 

 

Aaron Stahly, Deputy Director for the Department of Public Works

Building for our Future

Michigan Planners Recognize Greg Ouellette For Dedicated Service

It is a pleasure to work with people who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the City of Auburn Hills like Planning Commission Chairperson Greg Ouellette.

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Planning Commission Chairperson Greg Ouellette

At the September 12th Planning Commission meeting, Greg was recognized for his achievement of being a 20-year member of the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP). He became a member of MAP when he began serving on the Planning Commission in February 1998. Yes, that’s right 1998! In January 2009, Greg was selected by his peers on the Planning Commission to lead their meetings and serve as their Chairperson.

Greg has professionally represented the City during his 20 years of service, showing the utmost respect to both the citizens and businesses that have brought development related issues and proposals before the Board. As a volunteer, he has built his knowledge base in planning and leadership by attending numerous training sessions provided by MAP and other organizations.

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The Auburn Hills Planning Commission

Director of Community Development, Steve Cohen, and I concur with MAP’s recognition and appreciation for Greg’s long-term commitment and dedication to quality community planning and the City of Auburn Hills. We feel very lucky to have him on our team.

Congrats Greg! Thank you again for your leadership and service.

 

Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Michigan Planners Recognize Greg Ouellette For Dedicated Service

Industrial Site To Be Transformed: $20 Million Housing Development Proposed In Downtown Auburn Hills

We’re pleased to report that Bacall Development LLC has submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills to construct a $20 million multi-family residential development called Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills on 16.4 acres of land generally located north of Auburn Road, east of College Drive. The project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District.

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Rendering of the proposed buildings circling the planned pond and fountain

The luxury apartment community will feature 258 residences in seven buildings of various sizes, with a clubhouse, pool, and park areas. The buildings will be constructed with high-quality interior and exterior features, including exteriors of masonry and stone veneers with complimentary materials for architectural details. The residences will consist of one, two, and three bedroom units ranging from 575 square feet to 1,375 square feet. The developer anticipates rental rates to be comparable to other new apartment complexes in the surrounding area.

The City of Auburn Hills acquired this property from Mound Steel and Superior Concrete in 2012 and has since conducted an environmental clean-up of the site to prepare the land for development. As part of the new project and land sale, Bacall Development LLC will build a segment of Parkways Boulevard through the site allowing the roadway to extend from Squirrel Road to Adams Road per the City’s Downtown Master Plan.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at City Hall. A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, October 22nd.

If approved, construction is expected to begin this Fall.

 

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Industrial Site To Be Transformed: $20 Million Housing Development Proposed In Downtown Auburn Hills

IT’S A REMARKABLE TIME TO BE AN OAKLAND UNIVERSITY STUDENT

I often joke that when I attended OU from 1985-1990, earning both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees during that time, OU was a one room schoolhouse. Well, not quite. But I do remember the excitement surrounding a milestone of having a student body that crossed the 11,000 mark. Now, with a student body that hovers around 20,000, OU is an even more exciting and inviting place for higher education.

Today I spent some time with my staff at Grizzfest, a tremendous event drawing hundreds upon hundreds of students to the area out front of Kresge Library where students could learn about the many things that OU has to offer them as they return to class. If you’re a Freshmen, it’s a “must attend” event. Looking around campus today, this year’s class is welcomed by many new and exciting additions to the campus such as the new 750-bed Hillcrest Residence Hall, and the incredible and newly expanded Oakland Center. Walking through the Oakland Center today I was envious of new students who get to take advantage of its many modern amenities. Frankly, just having enough seating for everyone is going to be a great achievement. And best of all, both of these new facilities are located in Auburn Hills!

Congratulations to OU and to the entire OU student body who are the recipients of these great new amenities. With all of the excitement around campus, there’s no doubt that more and more students of all ages will be giving serious consideration to OU not only for its quality and affordable education, but also for the amenities that it offers in the category of mid-sized universities. OU has it all. GO GRIZZLIES!


Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager

IT’S A REMARKABLE TIME TO BE AN OAKLAND UNIVERSITY STUDENT

It Was Like Christmas in July . . . . almost.

On August 1st, I had the opportunity to join Karen Adcock, our Senior Services Director, and Natalie Stasyk, our Program Coordinator at Meadow Creek Village Senior Apartments to distribute cleaning supplies and personal care items to its residents.

Karen Adcock, Senior Services Director (left), works with a senior citizen at the residence who helped with the set-up.

Earlier this year, a company in Auburn Hills that makes plant-based and chemical free products was shuttering their operations with plans of opening under new ownership. As a result, they donated hundreds of cases of items to the City and in turn, the City was able to provide many of these items to area non-profits that serve the residents of Auburn Hills and surrounding communities.

The bulk of the items went to Rochester Area Neighborhood House in Rochester Hills and Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. But on August 1st, we reached out to a senior apartment complex to deliver items to them directly. Residents of Meadow Creek Village were given a cloth bag provided by the Senior Services Department and were able to go into a room where we had all the products on display to pick out what they wanted. Items included tub and tile cleaner, laundry detergent, air freshener, and much, much more.

Plant-based and chemical free products given to the Meadow Creek Village Senior Apartments.

Everyone was very excited to receive the items and certainly expressed their gratitude. We were happy to get these items into the hands of people who need them most. All our best to everyone at Meadow Creek Village.

 

Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager

It Was Like Christmas in July . . . . almost.