WE HAVE BEEN FEELING THE AMORE!

The Fall is off to special start for
Ozone House. On September 23rd, we raised over $194,000 at our An Evening with Ozone House fundraiser, presented by Masco Cabinetry and delivered by Domino's. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all who supported or attended this event. We are so grateful to Domino's for granting us use of their amazing World Resource Center, too! 
 
While we are thinking about pizza... We have some exciting events this month, including a Dine-to-Donate event at California Pizza Kitchen. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch or dinner while supporting Ozone House! Dine-in, take-out, cater! Win-win! More details below.  
Happy guests showing off their flags for the paddle raise at An Evening with Ozone House at Domino's World Resource Center.
OUR FEATURED SPEAKERS AT  
AN EVENING WITH OZONE HOUSE

Guests at An Evening with Ozone House were treated to presentations by Ozone House's SpeakOut group and Shawntae Harris, co-chair of Ozone House's Millennial Board and Academic Advisor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and Washtenaw Community College (WCC).  
 
Shawntae Harris tells a compelling story of how and why she came to work with homeless college students.
 
SpeakOut is comprised of youth who speak about and represent homeless youth in our community, as well as statewide and nationally. Over the past year, SpeakOut has worked with staff and students at the department of Applied Drama at EMU to turn their real-life stories into theatrical performances. Our guests were treated to a few of those spectacular performances.   
 
The SpeakOut performances also included a poem by a young man named Ramone. Ramone was featured in local, state and national media two years ago because he was a homeless student at EMU. He was one of 58,000 youth nationwide who faced homelessness as a college student. Here are links to the original  article  and the follow-up article written about Ramone.  Ramone graduated from EMU in 2016 with a bachelor's in Electronic Media and Film Studies. He is now employed as an AV technician at a local hotel resort.

Shawntae Harris' keynote address was about hidden homelessness on college campuses. She bravely shared her story of being homelessness during college, aptly pointing out that many students, including herself, do not self-identify as homeless while experiencing extreme housing instability. Shawntae gave great examples of how she thought her life was "normal" and yet her grades were slipping away while she struggled with the reality that she did not have a consistent place to sleep as night.  
SUSAN ALLISON NAMED AS FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE OPEN DOOR AWARD HONORING OUR DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS

"This award commemorates individuals who 
exemplify the spirit of the Front Door through their volunteer efforts, tireless support of our mission, and commitment to youth and families."

Susan Allison was named the first recipient of the Open Door Award honoring our dedicated volunteers. Susan follows in the footsteps of many incredibly dedicated volunteers over the years such as Ethel Lee, who was a strong advocate for Ozone House when we moved to our Washtenaw Avenue location, and Angela Williams who shows up every week for the last 24 years as crisis line volunteer, and many other countless volunteers. 

Susan Allison started volunteering with Ozone House in 2008 organizing our first fall fundraising event, An Evening at the Farmer's Market. Susan' didn't stop there, since 2008 she has been involved in every aspect of Ozone House and she has filled the role of family for both staff and for youth. Susan has been on the Board of Directors at Ozone House since 2011. 

Each year Ozone House will add a new "brick" to our house in honor of an outstanding volunteer. The award will be displayed proudly in our lobby.  Congratulations to Susan Allison!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Pizza with a Purpose



CPK Briarwood
October 4 th -7 th , 2017
Wednesday-Thursday from 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Saturday from 11:00 am-10:00pm

Eat in or take out at CPK Briarwood, and CPK will donate 20% of the sale to Ozone House. Please tell serving staff that you are there for Ozone House. Valid for catered orders as well. 
HallOzone


Thursday, October 26 
4:00-8:00pm

This is a Halloween-themed celebration for youth ages 13-20 at our Drop-In Center in Ypsilanti. It is always a horrifyingly good time! 
YpsiGLOW


October 27th
6:30-9:00pm
Join us at ypsiGLOW! YpsiGLOW is a glow-out block party built by Ypsi artists, organizations, businesses, and community members. The entire Ypsilanti community is welcome to join in illuminating Washington Street between Michigan Ave. and Pearl St. with live music, black light stations, street performances, interactive art and more!

Costumes and neon clothes encouraged. Show us how bright you can GLOW!
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 Ozone House |1705 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
Crisis hotline: 734-662-2222   | Office: 734-662-2265 | email:  news@ozonehouse.org | www.ozonehouse.org
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