May 2016 

In this issue:


Employee Spotlight, Chardae

 Data Highlights this Month 

Welcome New Board Member, Emily Moore-Marshall

Ozone House Community Trainings

Join us at Bill's Beer Garden!

High School Graduation Project 

Update your Kroger Card


Special Thank You to Keller Williams Ann Arbor and Blue Ocean Faith for beautifying our homes!


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, Ozone House's newest 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 abuse 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. 
Chardae is excited about this new role and the opportunities and support that the partnership between Ozone House and The Corner Health Center will bring to the youth in our community. She also continues to remain actively involved with 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
572 calls on our 24-hour crisis line in the first quarter of 2016.
28 youth have stayed in our emergency shelter, Safe Stay, in the first quarter of 2016. Youth can stay up to three weeks.
Drop-In Center statistics 2016
  Youth Who Visited  Meals Served  Hygiene Items Distributed 




January  284 136  113  210 
February  263  189  105 52 
March  331  181  132  112 
April  328  144  131  52 

emilyOzone House Appoints a New Board Member,

Emily Moore-Marshall, MPH   

Welcome to Emily Moore-Marshall, MPH, Coordinator for the TELLING IT program at the University of Michigan!
Emily grew up in Indiana and earned her BA in Health and Safety from Ball State University and a Master's in Public Health from Indiana University. 
Throughout her career she has worked in various positions within the healthcare sector including Research Associate at Health and Hospital Corporation in Indianapolis, Associate Instructor in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University, Program Director for the American Lung Association of Indiana, and a Grant Writer for Chelsea Community Hospital, before joining Telling It in Ann Arbor, MI. Emily resides in Chelsea with her husband Tim Marshall, who is President and CEO of the Bank of Ann Arbor. They have two grown sons who reside in Atlanta and Chicago.
"I am excited to join a growing and robust organization that continues to look for new ways to deliver the much needed support services for high-risk youth and their families in our community," said Emily Moore-Marshall. "I am honored to work with the Ozone House in this capacity as it has a long and successful history and a strong and passionate management team."

In keeping with our mission to help youth lead safe lives, Ozone House recently facilitated a Safety Planning training session with 20 participants from 5 organizations:  The Corner Health Center, Neutral Zone, Avalon Housing, Community Action Network and Ozone House. 
The overall goal was to offer guidance to determine when youth need safety planning. Youth who are being harmed by someone in their life, who are contemplating hurting themselves, or who are forced into dangerous situations need to know where to turn and how to find safety.
Attendees walked away with a model and tools for engaging youth in safety planning, bolstering their capacity to promote the safety of and provide support to youth in crisis.


In response to the "epidemic" of homelessness among LGBTQ youth and our commitment to supporting all young people, Ozone House's Patrick Gaulier, Laurin Tuxbury-Elliott, and Victoria Boss hosted a t raining, "Practice with LGBTQ Youth," on April 28th at the United Way of Washtenaw County.
School social workers, vocational specialists, and teachers from across Washtenaw County learned from Ozone House about the terminology of the LGBTQ community and the empathy necessary to best work with vulnerable LGBTQ youth. The largest part of the discussion was centered around terms used and how they fit between attraction, gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex. All participants were tasked to examine and implement concrete ways their organization could improve their inclusivity.

Wondering what all of these letters mean?  Check out The Genderbread Person.


Click here for more information about The Genderbread Person.



The "graduates" of our May 2016 Crisis Line training

This month, 15 people completed our 40-hour comprehensive crisis intervention training. Information covered includes foundational material in adolescent development, crisis intervention and active listening. Training activities were centered around reflection and discussion on empathy, privilege, working with LGBTQ youth, suicide and safety planning, and intimate partner violence. Ozone House has been conducting this unique and important training at least three times per year since the 1970s. After completing Crisis Line training, volunteers work one shift per week on our 24-hour crisis line. 

Interested in volunteering at Ozone House? Click here
  May 25-29
Volvik LPGA Championship
  • Come visit us at our concession stand at "the bridge" near the 18th hole at Travis Pointe Country Club. A percentage of all sales and tips will support youth programming at Ozone House.
Thursday, June 9, 6:15pm
Click on flyer to print and distribute.
Founder's Day, celebrating Ozone House's 47th birthday!
  • Join Ozone House and Founder's Brewing at Bill's Beer Garden, 218 S. Ashley St. in Ann Arbor for a birthday bash.
  • $1 of every Founders Beer purchased that evening will be donated to Ozone House in honor of our Founding in June 1969!
  • Featuring the Ann Arbor Derby Girls and music by Audubon Russet. 

The Education Project (EPHY)
  • Volunteers are always needed to help pack and deliver supplies for homeless students, and/or plan drives for toiletries and school supplies.
  • If interested, please email Susan Allison,  Education Project Volunteer Coordinator.

As you can imagine, the important milestone of high school
graduation is even more significant if the student has overcome the additional obstacles created by homelessness. So, to celebrate their achievements this year, we will be sending a $25 gift card to each and every one of our special senior class! 
  • 64 high school seniors who are supported through the Education Project are graduating this June!
  • If you would like to participate in our "Graduation Project," we are collecting $25 gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart and Meijer.
  • Please mail all gift cards to the Education Project's office at 1819 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48106. You can also contact Susan Allison, Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange to have them picked up at your convenience. Or you can send a cash donation to the address above (please write "Graduation Project" on check). All donations must be received by June 10th.
This Graduation Project initiative is possible because of the new partnership between the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) and Ozone House to manage The Education Project. Ozone House is our community's primary resource for youth and families who are struggling with homelessness and living in crisis.  


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