Common Youth Reactions to Traumatic Events and Appropriate Responses from Adults

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AGE 2 to 6: Reaction Generalized fear Cognitive confusion, e.g., not understanding that the danger is over Helplessness, passivity, e.g. may become mute, withdrawn, and still Anxious attachment to caregiver, e.g., clinging, not wanting to be away from caregiver, not wanting to sleep alone Sleep disturbances; night terrors Regressive reactions, e.g., toileting, dressing, speech Engaging in reenactments and play about the …

Our Statement Condemning the Assault on the U.S. Capitol

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Our hearts are heavy today as we speak with young people, many of them who are young People of Color, who watched white supremacists storm the Capitol.  One especially painful part was seeing the difference in how white domestic terrorists were treated by law enforcement compared to young Black and Brown protesters over the summer and throughout our nation’s history.  …

Holiday Drive for K-12 Students

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Young people experiencing homelessness want to succeed in school, but it’s hard to thrive without basic supplies.  This holiday season, you can help students by making a donation or purchasing items from the list below to make sure every student can succeed in school all year long.  This holiday season, we want to collect enough items for 500 students.   …

Protect Transgender Youth From Discrimination

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The Trump administration has announced a proposed rule change that will modify the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Equal Access Rule and discriminate against transgender people and halt legal protections that ensure the safety of anyone in need of HUD-funded programs.   Ozone House forcefully opposes this rule change. This proposal will deter transgender youth from seeking care …

Annual Report

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Thank you for your continued love and support.  I hope this letter finds you healthy, hopeful and safe. For all of us at Ozone House, the last year has been filled with historical success, never ending celebration, unimaginable transformation, and more than ever an increased need for our services with the impact of COVID-19.  The last 12 months have highlighted …

BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Ozone House stands in solidarity with the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. Ozone House will continue to take action using our collective voice and position. As we recognize Independence Day we know that we cannot all be truly free until we have equity, equality and justice for ALL. At Ozone House, our primary responsibility is to support young people impacted by …

I had a plan

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“How old are you?” I asked, excitedly and impulsively. Only realizing my mistake after I said it. (I was raised to never ask a woman her age!) She smirked, “guess.” “1,000” I answered, facetiously. Hoping it would overcorrect what I had done. “Close but guess again.” She wanted a real guess, I guess. “Umm… 28.” (I didn’t believe that, but …

New Services for 17.5 – 24 years

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Ozone House is now offering regular hours to screen young people, ages 17.5 – 24, for housing opportunities.  These include: * Transitional Living Program * Rapid Re-Housing * Permanent Supported Housing * Family Reunification Program This process allows for initial eligibility determinations and waitlist placement without completing the full intake process.  Screenings are available in both Ann Arbor (1705 Washtenaw …

Ozone House turns 50! You’re invited!

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Celebrate five decades of Ozone House’s commitment to the youth in our community on June 2nd at The Farm at St. Joe’s in Ypsilanti. It will be a great time for current and past staff, volunteers, donors, clients and friends of Ozone House to see old friends and meet new ones. The family-friendly environment encourages everyone to bring their friends …

Farewell and best wishes to Cōlleen O’Brien

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Help us in saying farewell and good luck to a long time part of Ozone House. Colleen (Co) is exiting Ozone House after nearly 24 years of service. Co joined the Ozone House family in October of 1994 as a crisis line volunteer. In 1995, she was hired on as a phone shift supervisor and stayed in the phone room …