Thank You for a Prosperous Holiday Season

We are so thankful for all of the support we received during our WINTER WARMTH campaign. We are constantly reminded of what an amazing community we are a part of. Thank you for supporting the youth of our community and their futures.

You helped raise more than $180,000 in cash donations, Wishlist items, and Adopt-a-Family/Youth gifts for homeless youth in Washtenaw County this holiday season. 

We would like to recognize the many groups, organizations, clubs, and students that each pitched in, in their unique way, to make the holiday season so special for the youth that engage with Ozone House. 
JOIN US FOR HOME SWEET HOME
 
In honor of Valentines Day, we are hosting our 4th annual Home Sweet Home event at 6:30pm on February 16th at Greyline,100 N. Ashley Street in Ann Arbor, to celebrate and support youth who identify as LGBTQ+. All proceeds will support Ozone House's LGBTQ+ youth services and our 24-hour crisis line, where one in four calls are from an LGBTQ+ young person.
 
"Family conflict is the most common cause of all youth homelessness. For LGBT youth in particular, the conflict tends to be over their sexual orientation or gender identity - and the results aren't pretty: Half of all teens get a negative reaction from their parents when they come out to them. More than 1 in 4 are thrown out of their homes.
LGBT youth experience homelessness for a variety of other reasons, including the intersection of homophobia & transphobia, poverty, and failed systems. According to service providers, additional reasons include family issues, aging out of the foster care system, family poverty, and abuse in the home." source: True Colors Fund

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners









Meet Cayla

Cayla is a case manager and PrideZone facilitator for Ozone House, focusing on our 17-20 year old youth participating in non-residential services. Cayla received her BSW from Wayne State and is currently pursuing an MSW from Eastern Michigan with a concentration in substance abuse and mental health. During the past 4 years, Cayla has practiced social work around Southeastern Michigan. She started as a youth specialist for the Judson Center in 2012, moved to Orchards Children's services in 2013, and is now with Ozone House.

It's been almost a year, and Cayla has already found a home in Ozone House.  Ozone House has a supportive work environment and an approach to case management that she hasn't experienced anywhere else.  Cayla references Ozone's mission to promote positive development, both in our young people and in our staff as what makes Ozone House special.

Cayla is also a classically trained dancer, and one day hopes to integrate her love of dance with her passion for improving the lives of young people. Having taught dance for 10 years, she sees the potential in implementing a therapeutic dance program with young people in the area. When she's not supporting her clients, Cayla can be found in the crowd at a concert or a Tiger's baseball game or relaxing at home, making dinner with her dog, Grant. 

You can reach Cayla at Ozone House by phone at 734-665-2265 or through email at  cyuhn@ozonehouse.org.

Why Do We Fundraise?

We fundraise because 25% of our operating expenses are not covered by grants, and each year our grants are not guaranteed to be extended. 

In this environment of political uncertainty, we must rely more than ever on our community to ensure that our life-saving programs for youth continue.
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