WE OPEN THE DOOR TO SPARK GREATNESS and make it possible for kids to succeed against all odds.
Ozone House’s THE EDUCATION PROJECT ensures that students affected by homelessness enroll, attend, and succeed in school.
Need support with school? Here’s how we help.
The Education Project, sometimes known as the The Education Project for Homeless Youth (EPHY), is designed to ensure that students experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations enroll, regularly attend and succeed in school. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students who are homeless must have equal access to free and appropriate public education. Ozone House will provide resources for you to stay in school.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We have volunteer opportunities this holiday season.
“I identified as a student. I did not identify as homeless.”Ozone House graduate
Most students aren’t even aware what they are experiencing is homelessness. Even if they did, no student wants to be labeled as homeless. STUDENTS JUST WANT TO FIT IN.
2019-2020 Backpack Program Wish List
Shampoo and Conditioner (full size and travel)
Men’s and Women’s Deodorant
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Tissues (small individual packages)
Feminine Hygiene Products
Soap (body wash and bar)
Lotion (full size and travel)
Socks – child size only
Underwear – children and adult sizes (for girls please no 10-12)
NEW School Supplies
Pocket Folders for all ages
Scientific/Graphing Calculators (gently used ok)
3 x 5 note cards
Scissors (Blunt and Pointed)
Pencil Boxes and Pencil Bags
Glue (Bottles and stick)
Wide-Rule loose leaf paper
Composition Notebooks (wide & college ruled)
Backpacks for all ages (especially those with laptop compartments for older students)
Gift Cards – small denomination cards for food, groceries, general items (McDonald’s, Kroger, Meijer, etc.)
Ziploc plastic bags (quart size and gallon for packing of items)
Cash or check donations – used to fulfill specific needs
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.
How can you access The Education Project?
The Education Project is housed in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD). Here you can find information about who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services, what services are offered and additional links and supports around youth homelessness and education. The Education Project works closely with liaisons in the school districts, allies within each school, community partners, and families to identify and serve all youth affected by homelessness. You can reach Dawn in the Education Project office at 734-994-8100 X 1518 or at email@example.com.
The Education Project office is staffed regularly Monday – Thursday from 9am – 3:30pm.
How can you help?
The Education Project relies on a combination of grant support from the state and donations from members of the community. Many of the items provided to families, like toiletries and school supplies, are supplied through donations. This allows The Education Project the ability to fund other school related expenses like field trips, sports/activities, tutoring services and temporary transportation for students. Additionally, the program is always looking for volunteers to help pack up supplies for youth as well as deliver supplies to schools within the districts. By having a team of volunteers ready to disperse supplies, The Education Project will serve families more effectively.
The Education Project Volunteer Opportunities
- Inventory Management: Count, sort and organize school supplies, toiletries, clothing, etc. to be distributed to students and families. Assemble school supply and toiletry kits as needed.
- Distribution of Supplies: Deliver backpacks and other supplies to schools, shelters, etc. to be given to students. (Completion of Volunteer Orientation/Training, Background Check and Fingerprinting required.)
- Shoppers: Volunteers are needed to shop (sometimes with families) at Meijer, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. (using donated gift cards) for these items. (Completion of Volunteer Orientation/Training, Background Check and Fingerprinting required.)
- Organize a drive for school supplies, socks and underwear, toiletries or gift cards at your local religious organization, place of work, neighborhood, schools, etc. Contact us for specific needs.
- Join our Extended Family Network. The Education Project’s Extended Family is a group of volunteers who give us permission to contact them approximately 1-2x per month when our families have requests that we may not have funding for or for supplies we do not have.
Make a donation! We are always in need of gift cards (Meijer, Target, Big Lots, etc.), school supplies, toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, lotion, etc.) and cash to be used to fund special needs of students that may arise during the year.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monetary donations can be made online by clicking on “Donate Now” above or click here.
Checks can be mailed to:
1600 N. Huron River Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Please include The Education Project in the memo line.
In-kind donations can be delivered to:
Washtenaw Intermediate School District
1819 W. Wagner Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Deliveries can be made M-Th 9-4pm.