Adult Daycare Center gives their residents a purpose

Earlier this week, Mayor McDaniel attended a painting project at The Quality of Life Adult Daycare Center in Auburn Hills which works with seniors who have experienced a stroke or have some form of dementia and cannot be left alone during the day.

We were introduced to Jacquelyn K. Smiertka, R.N. and Owner of The Quality of Life Adult Daycare Center to work with the seniors on their latest project, as well as learn more about the facilty and the services they offer for those in need. From the moment you walk in, Jackie brings an upbeat and sprightly presence which permeates down to the staff and daycare residents.

This energy has created what Smiertka calls a Working Model at the daycare. She expressed that the best lesson she ever learned was from her very first participant who made her realize, “Everyone needs a purpose and everyone needs to be needed no matter what stage of life they are in.”

From that day on, she established the Our Hope Projects where all the participants at the daycare have painting projects they work on. Once finished, the projects are donated to a variety of charities such as, the American Heart Association or Juvenile Diabetes. This year and in partnership with the Auburn Hills Costco location, they will be selling approximately 200 birdhouses for Mother’s Day at a $5 minimum. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.


Smiertka also shared with us that the daycare was focused on not only assisting the patients that come in, but their families and caregivers as well. The facility provides activities and amenities for seniors that keep them active, and gives them access to certain medical services such as podiatry, internal medicine, physical therapy, and more. Smiertka explained that by being able to provide both supervisional programs and medical services, it truly puts the caregivers mind at ease about their loved ones.


You can check out more photos of the seniors and their work here on our Auburn Hills Flickr page.

For more information about The Quality of Life Center Adult Day Health Care, give them a call at: 248.364.4064 or visit:

Torri Mathes, Media Communications Specialist

Adult Daycare Center gives their residents a purpose

A Month Full of Giving

The City of Auburn Hills and Rochester Neighborhood House partnered together to host a community food drive for our sponsor the Auburn Hills Food Cupboard. Throughout the month of April, each of the city’s buildings on campus had a collection box where our staff and citizens could drop off any canned or dry goods. In total, we as a community were able to collect a total of 727 pounds of food!


In addition to the food drive, and thanks to an anonymous donor, we were also able to deliver over 300 cases of household and personal care items to the food pantry at the Neighborhood House. This included items such as, laundry soap, dish soap, cleanser, and much more.


All of these donations are given back to our residents and the surrounding communities in need that are served by Neighborhood House. We would like to thank all those that have donated.


Torri Mathes, Media Communications Specialist

A Month Full of Giving

Auburn Hills residents receive the 2018 Governor’s Service Award

Two Auburn Hills residents have received the 2018 Governor’s Service Award. On June 5th, a special ceremony will be hosted by the Community Service Commission for both Doris McCutcheon and Lee Ellen Kerr. They will be receiving an award for their outstanding community service.

Doris McCutcheon, Senior Volunteer of the Year
Photo Credit: Michigan Community Service Commission

Doris McCutcheon was named Senior Volunteer of the Year. She has spent more than 50 years helping young women reach their potential. Doris started a nonprofit program called Girls First. This program emphasizes the importance of young girls taking care of themselves and prepares them for many life experiences they might face.


Lee Ellen Kerr, Mentor of the Year Photo Credit: Michigan Community Service Commission

Lee Ellen Kerr was named Mentor of the Year. She has mentored over 20 young women and has helped them identify a path for their future. Kerr has helped these young women create a five year plan for college and a career path for success. She also created the GLAD program at DOW Automotive. This program provides training for allies as they support the LGBTQ community at DOW.

We are proud to have these outstanding women a part of our Auburn Hills Community.



Alanna Weber, Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Auburn Hills residents receive the 2018 Governor’s Service Award

Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce “Drop the Mic” Charity Lip Sync Battle

It was Tuesday evening at Meadow Brook Theatre and as the spotlight turned on, so did nine acts at the Chamber’s first Drop the Mic Charity Lip Sync Battle.


IMG_9457_1Each team competed on behalf of a charity in hopes that they could deliver a performance that would wow the audience and the judges in order to bring home a win and a check for their charity.  The teams were made up of representatives sponsored by various companies or educational institutions and included:  Oakland University, Genisys Credit Union, Baker College of Auburn Hills, Lucerne International, Inc., American House, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Gardner-White, Faurecia North America, and Mahindra Automotive.


Local celebrity judges carefully evaluated each performance in four categories: Lip Sync Abilities, Appearance & Stage Presence, Overall Creativity, and Crowd Appeal/Audience Response.  With all of the judges votes tallied, the top prize went to Shoppertainers of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, who received a check in the amount of $1,750 for their selected charity, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan.  Each and every act was fun to watch and applause goes out to all of them for getting up on stage and performing their best for a great cause.


Shoppertainers of Great Lakes Crossing Outlet hold their first place check!


From left to right: Cheryl Marshall, Managing Director, Meadow Brook Theatre Tom Tanghe, City Manager, City of Auburn Hills Aaron Smith, Manager, Fan Development / Pistons Academy Kevin McDaniel, Mayor, City of Auburn Hills Natalie Miramontes, Director, Detroit Pistons Dancers


Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager

Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce “Drop the Mic” Charity Lip Sync Battle

Earth Week Celebration

We had quite the week outdoors here at the City of Auburn Hills. In honor of Earth day and week, Hawk Woods Nature Center offered a slew of events to celebrate nature and just being outside.

IMG_2611Mike Mansour, the City of Auburn Hills Parks & Recreation Naturalist, worked with Will Rogers Elementary School students, Ronald Brown Academy middle school students, and the Boy Scouts to plant over 300 flower bulbs along with tree plantings at the Nature Center.

In addition to the plantings, students had the opportunity to learn about native Michigan animals and other types of wildlife such as, snakes, lizards, and tarantulas. Students also ventured through Hawk Woods many trails to learn about Michigan’s forest scenery and to enjoy the fresh air. For lunch, kids were able to hang out at the Lodge around a campfire.


Our  Parks & Recreation team also commemorated Earth Week by producing our 19th Annual Arbor Day Celebration and worked with Will Rogers Elementary 5th grade students in planting a Red Point Maple tree right in front of the school.

The City of Auburn Hills is a proud member of the Tree City USA community since 1999.


Brian Marzolf, Parks & Recreation Director
Torri Mathes, Media Communication Specialist

Earth Week Celebration

Volunteers Needed for the Spring 2018 Rake & Run

We are looking for Volunteers who would enjoy helping an elderly homeowner in our community get their yard ready for spring!

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Every year numerous volunteers from the community, civic organizations, schools, and business volunteer to help clean up yards for senior citizen homeowners.

Rakes and yard waste bags in hand, these wonderful volunteers spend 4-6 hours raking and cleaning the yards up yard waste left over from winter. We have several yards this year, and need a few more volunteers to help.

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This can be a great opportunity for employee team building, civic groups, student groups, Scouts, sports teams, and families. If you or your organization can give 4-6 hours to help a senior give us a call at 248-370-9353 or email

Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

Volunteers Needed for the Spring 2018 Rake & Run

Oakland Christian School

On Saturday evening, April 28th, I was honored to attend the annual LifeBuilders event, a fundraiser for Oakland Christian School (OCS) here in Auburn Hills. This is the second year in a row that I have gone with our friends who have a student at OCS. The event is centered around the value of a Christian education and showcases the talents of many OCS students. The photos contained herein include students from the middle school choir program and a scene from the schools’ upcoming production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.




And finally, the City of Auburn Hills welcomes Mr. Pat McCarty, the new Head of Schools who will be moving to the area in the very near future from his current home in San Diego, California. Welcome to Auburn Hills, Pat!


Congratulations to everyone at OCS for a spectacular and successful event!


Thomas A. Tanghe, Auburn Hills City Manager

Oakland Christian School