Mission: Ozone house is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services.
Programs: Runaway program - ozone house provided family support services to 102 families. 58 youth, ages 10-17, stayed in our emergency youth shelter.
homeless program - ozone house provided intensive case management and support services to 143 homeless youth. 38 homeless youth were housed in transitional or permanent housing.
outreach program - ozone house provided crisis intervention to over 7,901 community members concerned about youth, community education to over 3,305 community members concerned about youth, free physical and psychiatric health care to 77 young people, 2,758 hot meals to youth at our after school drop-in center, and hosted approximately 4,390 visits to the drop-in center.
workzone, an intensive employment training and paid internship program for homeless youth ages 18-20, prepares youth for their first job by providing employment training focused on resume-writing, interviewing, and professional workplace behavior, a 100-hour paid internship at a local business, nonprofit, or company, and case management to address homelessness and other external barriers to employment. 31 youth were provided training and stipends during 2016-17 the education fund at ozone house is available to finance a variety of educational expenses that ozone house clients incur that are not typically covered by financial aid and scholarships for books, supplies, technology, extra-curricular fees, housing deposits, et al. Having an education fund specially designated for ozone house clients helps make the goal of a continued education beyond high school possible for many young people who do not have the resources or parental support that it takes to apply to college. 5 youth were given assistance during 2016-17.
I give to a local organization called Ozone House for several reasons. 1. They are a local organization and I know my dollars go directly to their outstanding programs 2. Their mission of helping homeless and at-risk youth is imperative. These kids didn't ask to be in these situations, they are most likely homeless because of their parent's inability to care for them, parents physical or sexual abuse, parental substance abuse, or the parent's inability to accept their child's sexual identity or orientation. Every one of these kids deserves a chance to succeed. They work with kids 5-21 through every stage of staying in school, finding housing, offering case management and counseling, teaching life skills and work training. They do it all!