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Washtenaw United: Ozone House Celebrates 50 Years Of Sheltering And Mentoring Local Youth

Nov 4, 2019

(From L to R) Ozone House executive director Krista Girty and program advocate Bara Youness.
Credit Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

For the last five decades, Ozone House has been a place where troubled young people can go for shelter and guidance.  Bara Youness was one of many kids who benefited from this organization, and, now, he acts as one of its advocates and volunteers there as well.  Youness and Ozone House executive director Krista Girty join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about Ozone House's work and legacy in this week's "Washtenaw United." 


WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'

RESOURCES:

Ozone House

Krista Girty Bio

Ozone House Fast Facts

UWWC STATEMENT:

UWWC is a long standing investor in the mission and work of Ozone House.  Below is an overview of our program investments from our participation in the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders and our Financial Stability Grants Fund.

  • FY18-21: COFU $253,653 ($40,000 from UWWC, $213,653 from other COFU partners) Program Investments:
  1.  Permanent Supportive Housing Services
  2.  Rapid Rehousing for Homeless Youth
  3.  Transitional Housing for Homeless Youth- Miller House
  4.  Emergency Shelter Program for Youth
  5.  Family Support Program
  6.  Ypsilanti Youth Drop-In Center
  •  FY18: Financial Stability Fund, $15,000 for Financial Coaching for Youth, which introduces financial planning and skills training to meet the unique financial needs of homeless and housing-insecure youth in Washtenaw County, thereby expanding the agency’s service offerings aimed at helping youth become independent.
  • FY17: Financial Stability Fund, $25,000 for WorkZone Program, an employment training and internship program for homeless youth.

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