Community Education Digest
May 2016
Welcome to our Community Education Digest! As a refresher, the aim of Ozone House's Community Education Digest newsletter is to connect our community's resources and services with the youth and families who need them most. Each month, the Community Education Digest highlights an Ozone House program along with related resources in our community. Many of these resources can also be found in the Ozone House Info Cards shown below. 

This month we highlight our Engagement Program, a collaboration with The Corner Health Center.

Engagement Program
Who's Who: Meet Chardae Korhonen
Resources for Youth in our Community
The Education Project
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Engagement Program

At Ozone House's Drop-In Center in Ypsilanti and at The Corner Health Center, the Engagement Program is a harm reduction program to engage youth who could be at risk for substance use disorders.  The Program supports youth to make behavioral changes in their lives, and when necessary provides therapy or a referral to an addictions medicine specialist.

See below for how to refer youth who could benefit from the program.

To print or share, click link for .pdf version  Engagement Program Flyer

Meet Chardae Korhonen
Engagement Program Manager

Chardae has been with Ozone House for about 4 years now in many different roles. First joining Ozone House as a Crisis Line and Drop-In Center Volunteer, then interning at the Drop-In Center, and later becoming a Case Manager. A little over three years later, she is now moving in to a new and exciting role as Engagement Program Manager.
Chardae is excited about this new role and the opportunities and support that the partnership between Ozone House and Corner Health Center will bring to the youth in our community. She also continues to remain actively involved with the Drop-In Center programs, coordinating group night and facilitating Pridezone.
Chardae is currently in the process of completing her MSW at Eastern Michigan University with a Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency concentration.
When she isn't focused on school or work, she enjoys photography and spending times with her cats, Spencer and Sai. 

You can reach Chardae at the Drop-In Center by phone at 734-485-2222 or through email at
More Substance Use Resources for Youth in our Community

Corner Health Center

The Corner's mission is to provide judgement-free, high-quality, affordable health services to young people aged 12 through 25.
The Corner offers a full range of health care, mental health and supportive services for young people as they transition to adulthood. Corner staff-including physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, nutritionists and health educators-are well versed in the unique issues that young people experience.
The Corner's goals for young people are to:
  • increase their access to health care,
  • reduce risk-taking,
  • understand the long-range implications of their health behaviors, and
  • encourage and develop participation in and responsibility for their own health and well-being.
Home of New Vision

Home of New Vision provides gender-specific programs and specialized services to empower, protect, encourage, and enrich the lives of men, women, their families, and communities affected by the disease of addiction.

They provide individual counseling to youth ages 14-17 designed to assist them in ending Alcohol and other drug use and develop healthy coping skills.

Areas of support:
  • Education on the Effects of Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Developing Healthy Peer Relationships
  • Resolving Family Issues
  • Relapse Prevention Planning

Dawn Farm

The goal of Dawn Farm is to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery, regardless of their ability to pay.
Dawn Farm has a unique emphasis on the recovering community as the most important source of healing and recovery support for clients

Areas of Service:
  • Residential Treatment
  • Sub-acute Detoxification
  • Outpatient Services
  • Supportive Transitional Housing
  • Active Outreach programs 
The Education Project Updates
We are now starting Volunteer training! We are looking to expand the work of volunteers in the EPHY office and will be conducting regular trainings for new volunteers. Our volunteer coordinator, Susan Allison, is passionate about making The Education Project a reliable and comprehensive support system. If you know of someone who would be interested in volunteering with EPHY, email Susan at or

Learn more about volunteer opportunities:  EP Volunteer Flyer


The Education Project, sometimes known as the Education Project for Homeless Youth, is designed to ensure that students experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations enroll, regularly attend, and succeed in school.  Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students who are homeless must have equal access to free and appropriate public education

The Education Project works closely with Liaisons in the school districts, Allies within each school, community partners, and families to identify and serve all youth affected by homelessness. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Education Project

Who is Homeless?
Homelessness does not always look like a family living in a car or on the street; it exists in many different versions. The primary criteria we consider are: Is their housing Fixed? Is it Regular? And is it Adequate?

Fixed: Is it permanent or not subject to change? For example, is the person staying somewhere that they have a right to live? Are they not on the lease? Could they be asked to leave?
Regular: Are they staying the same place every night? Do they have to switch locations frequently?
Adequate: Is the residence sufficient? Do youth staying in the home have a bed to sleep in? Are there health risks and unsanitary conditions in the home? Does it meet the physical and psychological needs of a child?
Although we all hope that homelessness is very temporary, it can be a perpetual experience for many families and unaccompanied youth. It is important to ask these questions and understand each family and youth's situation.
How can I access the Education Project?
The education project is housed in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. The website is  Here you can find information about who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services, what services are offered and additional links and supports around youth homelessness and education.
How can I help?
The Education Project relies on a combination of grant support from the state and donations from members of the community. Many of the items provided to families, like toiletries and school supplies, are supplied through donations. This allows the Education Project the ability to fund other school related expenses like field trips, sports/activities, tutoring services and temporary transportation for students. Additionally, the program is always looking for volunteers to help pack up supplies for youth as well as deliver supports to schools within the districts. By having a team of volunteers ready to disperse supplies, EPHY will serve families more effectively.  Contact us if you know someone who can help!
The Education Project office is staffed regularly Monday - Thursday from 9am - 3:30pm. 

Any questions regarding a young person's McKinney-Vento status and the supports available can be direct to, or by phone at (734) 994-8100 x1518.

If you know a youth or family who could benefit from Ozone House services,
please have them call our 24-hour Crisis Line:


There is always somebody here to listen. 
Need More Information About Ozone House?
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We will come to you!  
We provide educational presentations to middle and high school classrooms or assemblies, as well as organizations throughout Washtenaw County.
To order free printed education materials, or to schedule a presentation, 
contact Dawn Espy at 
call (734) 994-8100 x1518

Ozone House INFO Card

Ozone House Outreach Card
Ozone House Outreach Card

To learn more about all of our crisis intervention, housing or support services,  or to get involved with Ozone House,  please visit our website at