Our caring history.

Since 1969, Ozone House has provided a safe place, shelter and continued support to thousands of runaway, homeless and high-risk youth in our community who don't have a safe place to call home.

We offer a range of housing options - from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing - in addition to essential comprehensive services including individual and family therapy, case management, and youth leadership opportunities.

Ozone House's continuum of care is nationally recognized as a model of innovative and effective care. Services are designed to offer youth the resources and skills they need to reach their full potential and contribute their best to the world.

We are the only agency in Washtenaw County that provides free, confidential, and voluntary shelter and support services to runaway, homeless and high-risk youth ages 10-20 and their families.

Why we do it.

Most of the young people we support do not have a safe or stable place to call home. Many are homeless.

98% of the youth Ozone House supports report serious family conflict. 66% flee unsafe circumstances due to neglect, physical or sexual abuse. Many are considered “throw-aways” because their parents no longer have the capacity to care for them due to substance abuse, mental illness, or the stresses of poverty. Others age out of foster care with nowhere to go.

Ozone House is committed to providing support grounded in a positive youth development approach. We view all young people in terms of their strengths and avoid negative labels. We work alongside youth to nurture our relationship and continued connection with them. We give them protection and encouragement, particularly during tough times; and we offer patience, understanding, and real support, even when there are setbacks.

No matter how a young person finds us, no matter what traumatic and troubling circumstances they have known, we strive to meet each person right where they are and help them get to where they need to be. At Ozone House, youth and families are the architects of their own unique set of services, opportunities and support.

Positive, strength-based, and non-judgmental— this is what makes Ozone House feel truly safe.

Ozone House is registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. Annual 990 financials can be viewed via Guidestar or are available upon request.

Four young women
who love to craft!

Brandon, 20
sports his Ozone house bag with a vintage logo

“I feel like Ozone House has made me the man that I am today. If it was not for a place like Ozone, I would be dead or in prison.”

Ozone House Client