The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon is pleased to announce our 2017 Official Featured Charity: Ozone House.
Homelessness for youths means more than the absence of a safe place to sleep, enough food to eat, or shelter from the cold. Homelessness means a lack of safe, stable, reciprocal relationships and vulnerability to dangers such as physical assault, sexual assault, or human trafficking.
Homeless youths are often invisible. In Washtenaw County, we don’t see many youths sleeping on sidewalks, but we know there are over 2.5 million homeless youths in America and approximately 1,300 in Washtenaw County each year. These resilient youths often move from one relative to another. They couch surf: sleeping on friends’ couches until they outstay their welcome, only to live on another friend’s couch for a short time, never acquiring the resources they need to find stability. Tragically, many endure trauma or exploitation in exchange for a place to sleep. Up to 40% of youths who are homeless identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning. These youths are at higher risk than their peers for bullying, violence, exploitation, and discrimination.
Ozone House is available 24/7 to help youths get and stay out of these situations. At Ozone House, youths find safety and non-judgmental support from adults and peers. Whether youths need shelter, housing, individual or family counseling, 1:1 support and life skills, a job, to enroll in school, or a hot meal, our door is always open. Your donation helps Ozone House continue this important work and assist our local youths in gaining the support and stability they need.