In the Zone                                                                                  November 2017
VOICES FROM OZONE HOUSE :  
WORKING TO END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
     
On a hot afternoon in late September, members of our SpeakOut team dramatized the realities of being young and homeless, from wondering where to find toilet paper while living on the streets to the heartbreak of being bullied at school.  
 
In "Voices from Ozone" (written and directed by Eastern Michigan University student Jenny Roger with input from Ozone youth), half a dozen young performers in their teens and 20s called on legislators, judges, and other decision-makers to learn more and do a better job of helping homeless youth.
 
Many advocates and policymakers are hard at work trying to solve the issue of youth homelessness, but barriers to success range from how to do an accurate head count to lack of affordable housing. Click here to read more about our efforts to end youth homelessness in Concentrate Ann Arbor.  
 
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WELCOME, KRISTA GIRTY!  
 
We are thrilled to announce Krista Girty, MSW as our new Executive Director. See the featured article in MLIVE about Krista. 
 
Transition Timeline
November 1 : Krista Girty began her tenure as Executive Director.  
 
November-December : Krista and Katie Doyle will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

December 7 : Look for an invitation to a Going Away/Welcome party!

Late December : Katie will transition out of Ozone House, after a wonderful 17+ year run!

January and beyond : Ozone House's front door will always be open to young people and families for the award-winning, life-changing supports and services we have been providing for nearly 50 years.
 
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END-OF-YEAR GIVING  
 
Would you like to donate to Ozone House this holiday season? Whether you are an individual, family, group, or business, there are many ways to give. Please visit our Holiday Giving Guide. 
 
Thank you to the organizations that have already begun planning their holiday drives: Cranksgiving 2017, East Ann Arbor Medical Center, Meade Orthodontics, Love at First Try, Ann Arbor Orthopedic Specialists, the Warrior Bag Project, Hats & Hops at Cultivate and many more!

Want to help us address, stuff and stamp our holiday cards? See this sign-up genius to sign up to help. 
 
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HALLOZONE & YPSIGLOW

Young people had a blast at our annual HallOzone party at the Drop-In Center in Ypsilanti on October 26th. It was a "fear factor" smorgasbord of scary foods!
 
 
Lots of folks also came out for YpsiGlow on October 27th. Many youth and staff worked for weeks on great glowing costumes. We love being a part of this spirited event! 
 
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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS



November 28, 2017
 
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  Home Sweet Home 
February 13th, 2018
Zingerman's Greyline
100 N. Ashley Street in Ann Arbor

 
SAVE-THE-DATE!
 
We hope you can join us for this year's HOME SWEET HOME event. Funds raised at this event support our LGBTQ+ services, including our PrideZone support group and 24-hour crisis line with new text and online chat capabilities! More information about the event and tickets sales to come next month.
 
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