• An Evening with Ozone House recap
  • Drop-In Center expansion of services
  • Movie night in Ypsilanti
  • Crisis Line training success!
  • Update on our new home at 1600 N. Huron River Drive
Thank you for supporting young people in your community

AN EVENING WITH OZONE HOUSE on September 14th was a true example of a community of acquaintances, friends, and strangers that came together for a common cause, to STAND FOR YOUTH. And stand they did! This event, that is vital to the operational health of Ozone House, raised over $265,000! See our STAND FOR YOUTH video, produced by Domino's, here!

Thank you to our generous sponsors, guests, and those of you that donated in lieu of attending. Your donations support our programs that, last year alone, benefited 4,000 young people, ages kindergarten through 24 years old in Washtenaw County.

A special thank you to our SpeakOut members, pictured above, for putting their emotions and their personal stories into an amazing performance.

Thank you also to Ashley Jones, a former client that shared her journey from homelessness, at age 15, to her success today. See video here .

Congratulations to Cindi Ruhl, crisis line volunteer! Cindi was the 2019 recipient of the "Front Door Award" which recognizes one outstanding volunteer of the year.
We have, once again, listened to the needs of young people and expanded our hours and our services to meet the needs of young adults 17-24. The Drop-In Center is now open at 1:00pm - 3:00pm for day services!

The new day services:
  • Supports youth out-of -school or who are in non-traditional school (on-line courses, those completing GED)
  • Provides individual support for about 45-50 youth per month

Day services (1:00 pm-3:00 pm) include, but are not limited to:
  • Access to shower, laundry and food pantry
  • Resume building and job applications
  • Academic support
  • Navigating community resources
  • Assistance with intake scheduling
  • Linkages to other agency services
  • One-on-one support meetings
  • Case management triaging

During afternoon hours (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm) every week day, the Drop-In Center is open for "free time" and provides daily hot meals, activities, and games for youth 13-20. 

Evening hours (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm) Tuesday & Thursday are available for young people to participate in scheduled group dialogues and programmatic activities, for youth 13-20.
Our very own Drop-In Center outreach worker, Jeannette Hadden is an amazing woman. She created and coordinated an outdoor movie night for the Ypsilanti community.

"I live in a community where a lot of children have never been to a movie theater or the family is not able to afford cable TV . So, I wanted to bring the experience to them." Jeannette Hadden

Jeannette enlisted the support of the Ozone House Peer Outreach Workers and staff to help plan, organize and run the event. The team provided snacks, drinks, smore's and more, for over 50 young children and their parents on September 8th at Perry School Park. Congratulations to the whole team for providing this unique event to the community!
Fall Crisis Line Training Success!
Ozone House just completed the Fall session of crisis line training. We had 18 participants, including 5 new interns and 2 new staff members. The training took place over two weeks on both Wednesday evenings and one weekend day.

Crisis line volunteers receive 40 hours of training and are expected to work one, 4-hr shift per week for nine months. Volunteers answer crisis calls, texts and chats from over 2,000 young people and people who care about them, each year.

Next crisis line training is in February. If you are interested, please fill out an application here. Our new crisis line manager, LJ, will follow up with you.
If you have not driven by 1600 N. Huron River Drive, you should!

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 , click here for more information.  Be a part of the legacy of our next 50 years! 
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