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  • Beyond Backpacks - The Education Project provides many resources, beyond just backpacks, to school-aged youth

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September 14
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BEYOND BACKPACKS
Beyond Backpacks: Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
More than 1,200 students need support to succeed annually

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Education Project’s Beyond Backpacks campaign is in full swing for the 2019-20 school year to equip local homeless students with the tools they need to be successful in school. More than 1,200 children and youth across Washtenaw County experienced homelessness or a temporary living situation during the 2018-19 school year, a 9% increase from the previous year.

To help meet this goal, monetary donations and school supplies are being requested. Cash donations go toward meeting unforeseen, unmet needs that students encounter, such as providing winter clothing, transportation, field trip fees, sports equipment and graduation caps and gowns, to name a few.

While school supplies are always needed for all ages, the needs of homeless students are so complex that the Education Project would also like to ask the community to support youth experiencing homelessness in a new way.  For each of the 1,200 young people experiencing homelessness, the Education Project is seeking 1,200 donors willing to commit $50 each. The goal of $60,000 would support the needs of our young people for the entire year.

The students we see have extremely complicated lives and complex needs ,” said Dawn Espy, Manager for The Education Project. “ School is oftentimes one of the only places that provide stability and consistency in their lives. We strive to ensure that students experiencing homelessness not only have what they need to be successful students, but also what they need to just feel like kids, regardless of their situation .”

“We really hope the community will continue to rally around our students for the upcoming school year so everyone has the opportunity to thrive,” Espy said.

The Education Project is a grant-funded program of WISD, in partnership with Ozone House, that helps homeless students enroll, attend, and succeed in school. It serves students age 0-21 years-old, including those living in shelters, motels, cars and abandoned houses, as well as those living doubled-up temporarily with friends or family. The program works closely with all nine public school districts and the public school academies of Washtenaw County.
BEYOND BACKPACKS
DONATION
 To donate online:    CLICK HERE and select “The Education Project”

·         Mail a check to either:

o    Ozone House
Attn: The Education Project
1705 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

o    Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Attn: The Education Project
1819 S. Wagner Road
P.O. Box 1406
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1406
School Supplies
School supplies needed for all k-12: backpacks (no backpacks with advertising logos please), crayons, washable markers, folders, pencil boxes, zippered pencil pouches, scientific or graphing calculators, 3-ring 1-inch binders, colored pencils, highlighters, rulers, protractors, compasses, pencil sharpeners, index cards, Post-It sticky notes, small tissue packs, hand sanitizer, lip balm, and toiletries. 


School supplies donations can be dropped off at:
·         Ozone House, located at 1705 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor.

·         Washtenaw Intermediate School District, located at 1819 S. Wagner Road in Ann Arbor (near the front desk).
UPDATE ON OUR NEW HOME @
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Our new home is located on the northwest corner of N. Huron River Drive and Superior in Ypsilanti. You can't miss the beautifully designed 19,000 square foot, 16 bedroom, ADA compliant home that backs up to the river and is on a city bus line.

Our new home will house young people ages 10-17 in crisis as well as young people ages 17-20 in their own apartment style rooms as they learn to transition into living on their own.

The new home also features many more dedicated counseling rooms, a physicians office, indoor recreational space and outdoor therapeutic rehabilitation space.

If you are interested in giving to our FRONT DOOR CAMPAIGN, we still have a match for up to $500,000, so double you donation today! We are 94% to our goal of $5M. Be a part of the legacy of our next 50 years, be a part of the Ozone House family!
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