Announcement of New Interim Executive Director

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The Ozone House Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kellie Rutledge, LMSW (she/her) has been named Interim Executive Director.  Kellie joins Ozone House after serving as the Clinical Program Director for the Monroe Community Mental Health Authority. She is a strong advocate for social justice and has a passion for educating and supporting new social workers. Kellie has served as …

Winter Donation Drive for Local Youth

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This winter, you can help youth who are experiencing a crisis like homelessness by making a donation or purchasing new items from the list below to make sure our they have the support and items they need. Winter Wish List: $25 Gift Cards – Meijer & Walmart New Winter Coats and Warm Hoodies – ranging from youth small to men’s …

The Power of Case Management with Youth

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Case managers at Ozone House build trusting relationships, use evidence-based practices, and empower youth as they increase their skills, further their independence, and build positive relationships.  In the last year, Ozone House has provided case management services to 257 young people navigating serious challenges.  Recently, a case manager had been working with a young person who had been living out …

Back to School Supply Drive

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Students experiencing housing instability want to succeed in school, but it’s hard to thrive without basic supplies. Help us give young people the resources they need to achieve their academic goals. New School Supplies Needed:Pocket Folders for all agesScientific/Graphing Calculators (gently used ok)Tab DividersProtractorsPost-ItsScissors (Blunt and Pointed)Pencil Boxes and Pencil BagsGlue (Bottles and stick)Wide-Rule loose leaf paperComposition Notebooks (wide & …

Young People Are Hurting

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We do not say this lightly: we are worried about young people. Right now, LGBTQ+ youth and young people of color are increasingly the targets of hateful rhetoric, discriminatory policies and physical violence.  The attacks on LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights, and the police killings of unarmed young black men directly impact the youth we work with who are experiencing homelessness …

Transgender Youth Support Statement

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Ozone House will continue to be a place where transgender and gender nonconforming young people can find safety and celebration for who they are. Ozone House is committed to supporting with gender affirming best practices and validating the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming young people everywhere.   Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement stating that “licensed professionals” and “members …

Why Mental Health Support Is So Important for Young People at Ozone House

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Just last week, the U.S. surgeon general warned about the significant increases in young people experiencing depression, anxiety and emergency-room visits for mental health challenges. The pandemic has only escalated the “devastating” mental health issues youth were already facing.  Youth experiencing homelessness are commonly subject to various forms of trauma, including adverse interpersonal relationships, childhood maltreatment, emotional and physical abuse, sexual abuse, …

Supporting A Young Person’s Journey of Care

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When a young person walks through the purple door at Ozone House, or calls our 24-hour Crisis Line, they are going through one of the most difficult times of their young lives. Those first days are often filled with uncertainty and fear, but throughout their time with our caring staff, they build skills and tools to move forward. With our help and resources, …

Resources and Statement – Oxford High School

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Ozone House is heartbroken by the terrible tragedy that unfolded in Oxford Schools yesterday that resulted in the loss of young people’s lives. For anyone who is struggling, please know that you’re not alone. There is help available. If you are in or around Washtenaw County, please call or text Ozone House’s 24/7 Crisis Line at (734) 662-2222.  If you are in or …