Rochester Area Neighborhood House Celebrates 50 Years

By DREW HOWARD

The Rochester Hills City Council paid its respects to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House (RANH) for 50 years of service to the community during its latest meeting on Monday, October 8.

Founded by a consortium of eight churches in 1968, RANH is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to assisting neighbors during times of hardship. The organization moved to its new location at 1720 S. Livernois in September 2016 in an effort to expand its services aimed at self-sustainability.

Over the past 50 years, the nonprofit has strengthened the community through such services as utility financial assistance, food, clothing, counseling, transportation, financial education, job coaching, parenting classes and computer literacy skills training, among other things. Most recently, RANH assisted the Rochester Community House with its food donation program in the midst of its rebranding initiative.

During Monday night’s council meeting, council member Susan Bowyer presented a plaque to the RANH staff commemorating their impact on the community.

“I’m really pleased to be doing a proclamation for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House,” Bowyer said. “They’re doing great things for our community. They helped me way back when I was a college student, so they’re near and dear to my heart.”

Executive Director Kathy Losinski accepted the plaque on behalf of her staff and volunteers. “I would like to thank council, the city, and Susan for acknowledging our organization,” Losinski said. “I also want to thank our staff and board of directors who themselves have worked thousands of hours to help our neighbors in need and to move forward.”

In her speech, Losinski announced that the Rochester Area Neighborhood House will be rolling out a new program in the coming months.

“We have a great employment initiative that we are going to be premiering in January – we’re testing it out this week,” she said. “It’s a partnership with Kelly Services to put more people to work in our neighborhood.”

While details on the program are scarce, Losinski invited the community to learn more about the new employment initiative at a public information meeting on Monday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 17.

Kelly Services, headquartered in Troy, offers a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services as well as staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire basis. The new partnership reflects the RANH’s move from providing one-time emergency help to offering programs focused on long-term self-sustainability.

Losinski also took the opportunity at the podium to plug the non-profit’s upcoming 5k run/walk event “Scare Away Hunger,” its biggest fundraiser of the year. The event will take place on Sunday, October 21 at Rochester College from 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information on the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, including its Scare Away Hunger fundraiser, visit ranh.org/.