Although Oakland County has a strong economy and many resources, there are still residents that are forced to choose between necessities like buying food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. At any given time, there may be approximately 1,200 persons experiencing literal homelessness, residing on the street, in a shelter, a place not meant for habitation, or in transitional housing. The Oakland County Neighborhood and Housing Development Division works closely with community partners to help those on the brink of or actively experiencing homelessness.
Some traditional “helpful” actions may disqualify individuals from receiving assistance from established programs; therefore, connecting the person to local organizations instead of giving them money directly (i.e., paying for hotel nights, creating GoFundMe accounts, etc.) is the best way to help. Remember to be cautious about sharing anyone’s personal stories and details on social media accounts. Volunteering and/or donating to a local agency that works with unhoused persons is always helpful.
Emergency Services Grant (ESG) funded emergency shelters in Oakland County served more than 1,000 homeless adults and children last year. Support is given to area homeless shelter providers for operations, maintenance, and essential services. You can support persons experiencing homelessness through trusted community partners.
HAVEN: 24-hour emergency shelter for domestic and sexual assault victims
To locate the perfect gifts for anyone on your list during the holiday season, birthdays or just because gifts throughout the year, we’ve got you covered. Several independent toy stores call Oakland County home, offering a variety of specialty toys and gifts that are guaranteed to capture your eye and delight your loved ones!
Are you shopping for someone on your list who enjoys handmade crafty treasures? Check out Green Hippo Gifts in Lake Orion which offers a variety of handmade creations from local artist and Union General in Clarkson which offers a selection handmade goods for your body to delicious treats and much more.
Looking for something specific? Check out our interactive map of toy stores and use the legend to sort by different types of specialty shops: Collectibles; Comics; Dolls; Games; Hobby; Magic; Anime, Manga & Kawaii; Blocks & Robots; Toys; and Toys & Gifts.
Can you feel the excitement and anticipation in the air? The holiday season is officially here and we’re thrilled to share our list of holiday events happening in Oakland County. There are so many ways to delight in the magic of the season during this special time of year.
View our list of Holiday Happenings. You’ll find everything from parades and seasonal excursions to performances, holiday markets, and craft fairs. Kids, young and old, are sure to have a jolly time!
Oakland County is home to eight “u-cut” tree farms. Enjoy the holiday tradition of cutting your own tree whether it’s your first adventure or an annual tradition. Check out our interactive map and full list to find the best tree farm for you:
Fall and winter hiking is an exhilarating experience, especially after a blanket of fresh snow. Don’t let the chilly weather hold you back; unless perhaps you are visiting snowbound Buffalo. The important thing is to be thankful that you have the opportunity to “Opt OutSide.” Make the day after Thanksgiving, a day to embrace the concept of Opt Outside! I’ll be out there too, not long after sunrise. I might even have a turkey sandwich stashed in my day pack along with a mug of hot cocoa.
The #OptOutside movement was started in 2015 by the outdoor retail company REI. The basic meaning of Opt Outside is to enjoy the outdoors on Black Friday instead of a crowded shopping frenzy. Since 2015, REI has closed its doors on Black Friday—inviting employees and members to spend time outside rather than shopping. This year, REI just announced their Opt Outside movement will be permanent for all their employees.
Many other retailers have joined a similar movement to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day to encourage employees and early bird shoppers to stay at home with their loved ones. In addition, Oakland County Parks and Recreation also hosts one of their Park Appreciation Days on Thanksgiving, when visitors can enjoy free daily park entry with access to natural areas, trails, playgrounds, dog parks and all park amenities.
There are plenty of adventures on the wilder side of Oakland County this season, whether you are taking advantage of Oakland County Parks Appreciation Day on Thursday, or Opting Outside on Friday (or both)!