MORE COLLEGE SUPPORT

WE OPEN THE DOORS to College Students looking for more support

MORE supports youth who have experienced foster care or other disruptions in caregiving as well as youth who are experiencing significant housing instability.

Is MORE right for you?

  • Do you need general emotional support?
  • Need support adjusting to college?
  • Need help managing emerging and/or ongoing mental health needs?
  • Have you experienced homelessness, abuse or neglect?

General information about the program

The MORE Support Program is a collaboration between Ozone House, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College to provide trauma-informed counseling services for youth who are in college or are college-bound and who have experienced disruptions in their care and/or housing. Ozone House has partnered with MAGIC at Eastern Michigan University and REACH at Washtenaw Community College to connect with students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness. The counseling services provided by MORE Support are available for youth at their respective schools, thereby reducing barriers to receiving emotional and mental health support.

Why MORE?

State and nationwide studies demonstrate a significant disparity among youth who have been in foster care and youth who have not been in foster care, in regards to college admission and college graduation.

Only 20% of youth who have been in foster care, who graduate high school, attend college

2-9% of youth who have been in foster care, who attend college, graduate.

About our Therapist

Dave Zellmer, LMSW has been working as the therapist for the MORE Support program since its inception in 2016, but has been with Ozone House since 2009. Dave is skilled in assessment and various therapy modalities. His formal training includes preventing, assessing, and treating child abuse and neglect and trauma, providing wraparound services, and working with transgendered youth.

CRISIS LINE

Need help now?

Support and resources for youth and those who care about youth are available any time – day or night – CALL (734) 662-2222,  Text “Ozone” to (734) 662-2222 M-TH 10am-7pm and Friday 10am-4pm, or click here to CHAT M-TH 10am-7pm and Friday 10am-4pm.

All Ozone House services are free, voluntary, and confidential.

Results

MORE Support has demonstrated that providing accessible, trauma-informed mental health care allows students to more proactively manage their mental/emotional health, which leads to improved outcomes in mental health and academic functioning.

“The MORE Support program has improved direct access to the quality, trauma-informed mental health care that our students need.” Kathy Stewart, LMSW, REACH Program Director, WCC

“The MORE Support program has provided a safe and judgment free space for students that have experiences complex trauma, to acknowledge their struggles with mental health and get the much needed support they deserve, to address these issues so that they can continue being academically successful.” Joi Rencher, LMSW, MAGIC Program Director, EMU

Since inception of the program in 2016, 34 youth have been served.

Students who engaged in MORE:

  • Mental Health Outcomes:
    • 68% of clients experienced reductions in anxiety
    • 74% of clients experienced reductions in depression
    • 44% of clients followed through on referrals to psychiatric/medical services
  • Academic Outcomes:
    • 59% of clients experienced improved attendance
    • 69% of clients made progress towards their academic goals
    • 74% of clients maintained enrollment in their school program
    • 2 clients graduated with their Bachelor’s degree