Dear Friends of Ozone House,
I’ve been doing this work for 25 years and I can honestly say that these last 20 months have been some of the hardest, but I get up every day and go to Ozone House to make sure that young people are safe, supported, celebrated and loved.
We know that our community believes that young people deserve to be safe. They deserve to have their basic needs met and they deserve to be celebrated for who they are. They deserve to be loved.
COVID-19 has highlighted the inequities within housing, disparities within our school systems and the broken aspects of our criminal justice system. Ozone House is unique in that it sits at the center point of a lot of these failed systems. We are here for young people when these systems fail them, and we work to prevent young people from ever being a part of any systems that don’t fully support them.
As you are reading this, there are most likely about a dozen young people who are living onsite at Ozone House and hundreds more being helped out in the community by therapists, case managers and outreach staff. These past 20 months at Ozone House have taught us the values of community and connection: that without being able to lean on others we cannot provide young people with the support they deserve.
Krista Girty | Executive Director