Ozone House to Host Annual Event Benefitting LGBTQ Youth in Washtenaw County

BY BTL STAFF

Ozone House will host its third annual Home Sweet Home: A Night of Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Feb. 11 in an effort to support services for LGBTQ youth who face homelessness or housing instability. Ozone House is the only youth shelter in Washtenaw County and has gained national recognition for its programming that is safe for all youth who seek support.

The fundraiser will take place at the "Bubble Room" in Ann Arbor's Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant. The unique and popular event features food, wine, artisan cheese, chocolate desserts and an eclectic mix of people. The evening will include a brief program on the state of LGBTQ youth.

The current state, according to Patrick Gaulier, Ozone House's case manager, shows that, "LGBTQ youth are overreprestened among the homeless youth population. While they make up 10 percent of the general youth population, they comprise up to 40 percent of the homeless youth population. They're much more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, attempt suicide and they struggle with depression and PTSD. The Home Sweet Home event is an important fundraiser to help provide safety and support for this vulnerable population of young people."

All net proceeds from the evening will benefit Ozone House's Kicked Out Fund for LGBTQ homeless youth services.

Home Sweet Home will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant. Vinology is located at 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit http://www.OzoneHouse.org/home or call Allie at 734-662-2265.


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