173,000 Thank Yous

Katie Doyle Fundraising, General Blog

On September 9, our community invested $173,000 in homeless youth through our Harvest of Hope event! That is a record.$70,000 came in the form of the Hope Challenge paddle raise!

2016 Harvest of Hope Paddle Raise

2016 Harvest of Hope Keynote Speaker

2016 Harvest of Hope Keynote Speaker

Brittney Barros, our keynote speaker, shared what it was like to live in ditches, live in tents, or live in garages of houses where drug dealers reside AND to have perfect attendance at school and straight As.  Brittney’s story did not stop in a ditch.  After serving as a Peer Outreach Worker at Ozone House, Brittney spent this past summer traveling around the United States advocating for the needs of youth in foster care.  Today, Brittney is enrolled at Eastern Michigan University, where she is in the band and seeking a degree in music therapy to help other youth who have experienced the traumas of homelessness and/or foster care.

Ozone house has provided me the ability to become a responsible member of our community. Working there as a Peer Outreach Worker, I have had the chance to talk to hundreds of youth in the county and set them up with services we provide. This youth-friendly organization has not only impacted my own story, but has saved the lives of many others.

Click to learn more about Brittney and other young people who succeeded despite many barriers.