$500 matching grant announced for contributions made to Ozone House by the end of the day today

    Last night, I mentioned here that a dozen or so friends and I, through the micro-philonthropic organization, A2Awesome, had contributed $1,000 to Ozone House, a local nonprofit that has been serving runaway, homeless and at-risk youth since the 1960s. The response, as you might expect, was overwhelmingly positive. There was, however, one dissenting voice. Our resident troll, a self-proclaimed Christian from Ypsilanti Township, who calls himself EOS, took the opportunity to make a series of unsubstantiated, ridiculous, and offensive claims about the organization. (His irrational hatred, it would seem, stems from the fact that Ozone House offers support services to LGTBQ youth, as well as to those who are straight.) Well, I’m proud to say that the MarkMaynard.com community responded heroically to the challenge, not only shutting down EOS at every turn, but coming together to donate additional funds to Ozone House every time he came forward to make a homophobic comment. Following, is the first announcement of a donation, left by a reader by the name of Al Thompson:

    To the good people at Ozone House,

    On behalf of the entire MarkMaynard.com community, I would like to apologize for the remarks of the anonymous homophobic troll who calls himself EOS. His views do not reflect those of this community. The sad irony is, if (Ozone House) were a Christian organization, run by a priest rumored to be a pedophile, he would not be speaking up. He’s angry because you openly serve gay youth. If EOS had his way, there would be no services for such people, unless you count religious programs intended to “cure” homosexuality. His accusations are baseless. They are the daydreams of a sick, twisted man, obsessed with the gay sex. (Draw your own conclusions.) The last time he spoke out on this site, I made my first contribution to Ozone House. Today, I intend to give my second. If others would like to join me, here’s the link.

    And thank you again for the important work that you do.

    By my count, at least six people have since followed suit, leaving donations in the name of EOS. And, when I share the following news, I expect there will be more.

    I’ve just been contact by John Coleman, the owner of the local home hardware company Look in the Attic. John is offering to match contributions to Ozone House through Friday evening, up to a total of $500. Assuming we can do it, that means, by the end of the day tomorrow, thanks to the backward, offensive ranting of EOS, Ozone will have an addition $1,000 to carry out their mission.

    Here, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Ozone House, is their 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. Since 1969, Ozone House has actively developed unique, high-quality housing and support programs and services that provide support, intervention, training, and assistance to runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families. Through these support services, we help youth develop essential life skills, improve their relationships, and enhance their self-image so that they may realize their full potential for growth and happiness.

    I encourage all of you to take John up on his generous offer. Contributions to Ozone House are tax-deducatable, and, more importantly, they’ll make our community better.

    I’ve yet to contact Ozone about this, but I’m thinking the best way to contribute, for the purposes of this initiative, is online. There’s a 3% charge for doing so, but the folks at Ozone will know immediately how much has been donated, so that we can, in turn, let John know, so that he can make the match. (In other words, I wouldn’t mail checks, as they won’t make it to Ozone in time to qualify for the match. I suppose, however, that you could drop a check off in person, or call in with your credit card number, if that’s easier for you.)

    If you want to join in the fun, and feel extra good about yourself as you head into the weekend, you can find the online donation form here.

    And thank you, John, for stepping forward to do this. It’s stuff like this that keeps me blogging, and loving this community that I’ve chosen to be a part of.

    update: We did it! The following report comes from Ozone House’s Heather Steenrod.

    I am proud to say that thanks to all of you, Ozone House has received more than $500 in donations specifically recognizing the challenge that John Coleman established today. This means that John will be matching the $500 with his own $500, resulting in a generous gift of $1000.

    Thank you, everyone, for restoring my faith in humanity.

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      97 Comments

      1. Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

        By “tomorrow”, I mean the end of the day on Friday.

      2. Edward
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:46 am | Permalink

        Thank you, John. This is an incredible thing that you’re doing.

        It’s like a super local version of when Bloomburg gave all of that money to Planned Parenthood when it was announced that the Komen foundation was pulling their support.

      3. K2
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

        Coleman did a good thing here. There’s no doubt about it. But let’s give credit where credit is due.

        Thank you, EOS, for making this possible.

      4. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:44 am | Permalink

        Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Gal 6:7

        But if you cause one of these young ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.
        Matthew 18:5-7

      5. Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:04 am | Permalink

        Sorry, missed this one.

        Make that 16.

      6. Thom Elliott
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

        God cannot be mocked, the Catholic church mocks God, therefore God will chastise Catholics. God cannot be mocked, football mocks God, therefore God will chastise football. God cannot be mocked, the US government mocks God, therefore God will chastise the US government. God cannot be mocked, the Jews mock God, therefore the Jews will be chastised. You reap what you sow, you would prefer to drown to death with a stone around your neck then be a Jew. EOS has the market cornered on rightiousness, I’m sure he’ll tell a thousand hellbound Jews to their God mocking faces!

      7. Topher
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

        Dude, EOS, please don’t think you speak for me. You can quote all you want, but that was my first novel. Everyone knows the first novel is a narcissistic piece of junk. Plus (full disclosure), I didn’t even write most of it! I outsourced to some highly unreliable people who added their own crazy shit in! Anyway, mocking is totally cool – I make fun of myself all of the time. You’re kinda making a mockery out of me now with your “holier-than-thou” act – it’s cool though. You seem kind of sad – lighten up and do something fun.

        -God

        p.s. Millstones?? Really? Where can I even find one of those these days? C’mon!

        p.s.s. I contributed to Ozone House for all my gay peeps.

      8. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

        It was 17, Peter, and this makes 18. It could very well turn out to be a financial hardship for a guy who makes so little money he pays no income tax.

      9. Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink

        Let’s up it to 20. I bet I missed one.

        Though I understand that you intend that to be insulting, I would remind you of:

        Proverbs 28:27

      10. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:12 am | Permalink

        What? You’re asking me to give you money?

      11. Thom Elliott
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

        Whoa! EOS can’t think with compassion, or consistency, or anything resembeling intellectual honesty, and so he makes a cheap classist adhom remark, betraying his morbid arrogance, trough deep understanding of Christian theology, and real intentions.

      12. Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

        21.

        I’m not sure I get you. I don’t think there is any shame in having a small income.

        Truthfully, I feel really sorry for you, but I’m glad that I try to turn your bigoted worldview into something good.

        I’ll gladly pay money for that.

      13. Anonymous Mike
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

        I think we all know, in our hearts, that Jesus, if he were to return to Earth, would much rather spend time at Ozone House than in the EOS bunker, surrounded by guns, with Fox News blaring. You can quote the Bible at me all you want, it won’t change that fact. Just because you say you are a Christian, doesn’t make you one. True Christians love their neighbors, and protect the weak. They do not demonize. They do not spew racist, homophobic hatred. Please stop calling yourself a Christian.

      14. Charlie Carter
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

        Mark, If you were interested in rolling this into a fundraiser for OH I would be happy to talk to you about donating the use of my art gallery in A2. It can hold at least 250 people & a band. I’ve interacted with them a bit over the years, attended some of their training programs & I’m a really big fan of the work they do.

      15. Charlie Carter
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

        Also, doesn’t wordpress allow ISP blocking? This EOS business is so tired I can hardly stand it anymore.

      16. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

        Mike,

        I agree with your first sentence. If Jesus were to return to Earth, He would spend time at Ozone House. But He would be there in an attempt to rescue those who are being misled by the false prophets. Because He loves all that He created, He would not want teens to be led down the path to eternal damnation. If I didn’t care, it wouldn’t bother me in the least that some adults want to encourage sinful behavior of impressionable adolescents and do whatever they can to convince them to disbelieve scripture.

      17. Charlie Carter
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

        EOS, do you ever feel like you’re wasting your life being a troll while the rest of us are doing things to actually help real people?

      18. Eel
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

        In the last thread on the subject of the A2Awesome grant to Ozone House, EOS said that he’d rally his friends to go to Ozone and preach to the kids that they serve. If this happens, which I seriously doubt that it will, given that it would mean EOS outing himself after years in the shadows, I suggest that we all go to meet them, forming a protective ring around Ozone House. These kids have dealt with enough shit in their lives. The last think they need are EOS and his Tea Party friends telling them to accept God, and move back in with their abusive parents.

      19. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

        Hey Charlie,

        This is Ann Arbor. No one is going to contribute to a fundraiser for Ohio.

      20. Charlie Carter
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        You’re really bad at context. That makes me worry about your ability to contextualize & interpret the bible.

      21. David Palmer
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

        $50 donated.

      22. Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

        23.

      23. Heather Steenrod
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

        Charlie, Mark, et al:

        If you are serious about hosting a fundraiser for Ozone House, I would be happy to help coordinate and publicize. Feel free to contact me at (734) 662-2265 ext. 25.

        Donations that came in yesterday and are still coming in this morning help ensure that we can continue to offer a safe place and support _free of charge_ to hundreds of youth in our community.

        On behalf of our board, staff, volunteers, and most importantly the youth and families we support each day, thank you all for your generosity!

      24. anonymous
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

        How much money have we raised thus far?

      25. j
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

        There are very few nonprofits I don’t wonder whether my donation is for building the organization instead of helping the mission. I have no such qualms about OH.

        I will up my donation.

        24

      26. Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

        Well, let’s put it up to 25 and assume that EOS is holding back on us.

        So now:

        25.

      27. Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

        Great work, Heather!

      28. Burt Reynolds
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        EOS,

        You are aware Ozone house does not take children into their facility, residential anyway, without a parent or guradian signing them in, or a court order placing them with DHS as temporary (or at times) state wards. They do not house children from authorities and parents.

      29. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

        Burt,

        Yes, but they provide food, computers, and laundry facilities for a much larger number of minors who have run away. Where do they sleep?

        I worked with a 40 year old single man who volunteered with Ozone House (15 – 20 years ago). He let kids who he met through Ozone House sleep on his couch on a regular basis. I met and spoke with a young teen who was staying with him. I’ve been suspect of Ozone House ever since, because it was the venue where the two met. If it’s a drop in center for teens, then volunteer adults should be excluded from interacting with the youth.

      30. Quinn
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

        Burt,

        You’re right about needing to have a legal guardian sign youth into Ozone House, but we actually can’t accept clients who are signed in with DHS acting as their guardian. DHS only allows us to accept youth who do not currently have an open case with them or are aging out of the system. Otherwise they would be paying twice for the care of that youth. Or something like that. :)

        Thanks for the support.

      31. kjc
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

        “If it’s a drop in center for teens, then volunteer adults should be excluded from interacting with the youth.”

        weirdest thing i’ve ever heard.

      32. Ted L
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        In order to ensure that all contributions are counted toward this match, people giving money online should indicate “EOS”, “John Coleman”, or “Mark Maynard” somewhere in the donation form.

      33. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        When the outlaw was asked why he robbed banks, he replied, “Because that’s where the money is.”

      34. Quinn
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        Oops, didn’t see that last post before I replied. I do appreciate the opportunity to educate folks about our programs.

        For those who are looking for more information on what it actually takes to be an Ozone House volunteer check out our website:

        http://ozonehouse.org/join.php

        All volunteers who work with youth and/or operate our 24 crisis line must first be interviewed. If we believe they are appropriate, they complete a rigorous (but fun!) 40 hour training, and extensive background checks (as do all people who work with children).

      35. anonymous
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

        Am I reading this correctly, EOS…. All of this vitriol you feel toward Ozone House can be tracked back 20 years, to an encounter with a young man who a friend let sleep on his couch? First off all, this was 20 years ago. Second of all, the young man was sleeping on his couch, not in his bed. While I’m sure you’ve thought long and hard about this over the past two decades, imaging all kinds of deviant sex, it sounds as there was no evidence of anything actually having happened. And, if there was evidence, I suspect that you would have done the right thing, and gone to the police. I’ll concede that volunteers shouldn’t be housing young adults at their home, but I imagine there are policies against such things.

      36. kjc
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

        yep, EOS has told this story before. it was one of the most important events he pieced together to suit his prejudices.

      37. Mr. Y
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

        Just called in….. We have $190 raised so far….. Let’s keep up the momentum.

      38. Brainless
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

        When the idiot was asked why he read the bible, he replied, “Because that’s where all the stupid shit I can quote out of context is.”

        In for $50.

      39. Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        27.

      40. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

        Considering EOS is as much a threat to at risk youth as their parents, drugs and violent peers, I will also match Peter’s donation. I want to make sure that for every drop of hatred, ignorance, misogyny and bigotry EOS infects our community with, I do my part to instill compassion. understanding and warmth in its place.

        I want to make sure that every child in our community who deals with abuse or addiction, and every queer friend and family member I have who has ever felt ostracized has every opportunity to lead a comfortable, healthy, full life and to know that they are loved and that the world does indeed care about them.

        EOS you are the problem with our world, not the people you blame. It is your hatred and ignorance and inability to grasp even basic concepts about humanity that fuels the movements in our society that ruin so many peoples’ lives. Our world would be a better place if you would just shut up and stay home.

      41. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

        This world is not my home.

      42. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

        Thank you Adam G.

        28.

      43. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        Our donations (plus the 4 other people who have signed on) will also be matched by Mr. Coleman.

      44. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

        No one cares where your home is or isn’t. We don’t subscribe to you elitist bullshit that you’re somehow better than us or have some imaginary in with heaven or hell because you’ve managed to misconstrue every tenet of your theism to suit your perverse views. All we care about is making sure that the hatred and misinformation that you spew is only cancelled out by those of us who actually know compassion and understanding.

        When I say ‘Our world’ let me make one thing very clear. I don’t include you in that ‘our’. There is no ‘we’ that involves you and I, EOS. There never will be until you wake up and understand that you are a blemish on our community spewing the pus of your sick and twisted perspective. What I do mean when I say ‘our’ and ‘we’ is those of us who actually love our community and all the different members who make it a better place.

      45. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

        Adam,

        Go ahead and read all the posts and see who is posting a hateful, vitriolic messages. I have different opinions, but I’m not attacking any individual.

        “you are a blemish on our community spewing the pus of your sick and twisted perspective” Is this an example of your compassion and understanding? Truth is, I don’t think you are able to see that you are more guilty of what you accuse me of than I am.

      46. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        29.

        No, you are attacking an entire demographic instead.

        But, thanks to you, we are helping that demographic out.

      47. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

        I will also shop at Look in the Attic, whose owner should be massively commended.

      48. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

        EOS

        I am well aware of the fact that I am posting an attack. I am making no effort to hide the anger I feel towards you. The reason I feel that anger is because you see fit to judge others based not on how they interact with their world, not on whether they bring warmth and wellness to their friends and family, not on whether they are doing the best they can with what they have. No, I feel that anger because you are judging people on completely arbitrary terms that you use based on you have yourself twisted up in some imaginary cloak of righteousness so thick and blinding you can’t even see good in our world.

        You can try and turn this around on me all you want. The fact of the matter is what I bring to my community, and to my frieds and family is exactly what you want to see them go without.

        And yes you are attacking individuals but you are hiding behind an attack on a group so you don’t have to realize that each and every member of that group you try to screw over is actually a person.

        “you are a blemish on our community spewing the pus of your sick and twisted perspective” yes this is an example of my compassion. The fact that I can see you for what you are because you want to endanger people who only deserve our help and support is a direct result of my compassion. Just like I would defend a member of my family, so am I defending the members of my community.

      49. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

        If you had a 13 year old daughter who ran away and found out that a single man who lived in your community had offered her refuge in his private home where he lived alone, don’t you think you might be concerned? If you no longer supported the institution where your daughter was introduced to this adult, and you spoke against it, would that be wrongly attacking an entire demographic? But… the institution doesn’t deny that these “matches” occur but instead mentions that a background check of the adult didn’t show previous child molestation… ???

      50. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        30.

      51. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

        I am guilty. I have judged. I have judged these children worthy of protection.

      52. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

        31.

      53. Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        I challenge you to go to Ozone House.

        Ask them to address your claims. It’s not that hard.

      54. Burt Reynolds
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

        Quinn,

        Sorry, should have clarified. DHS can sign youth into the Washtenaw Rd location for temporary placement with a signed removal petition.

        Thanks for all the great work your staff does.

      55. Mr. X
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

        I suspect that we’ll get to $500. The following letter went out from Ozone House this afternoon to supporters of their programs for LGBTQ supporters.

        Dear LGBTQ Friends & Allies,

        It’s been a while since you’ve heard from Ozone House, but we’ve been hard at work this Spring partnering with local businesses for internships for young people, training crisis line volunteers, and updating our LGBTQ support group name to Pride Zone, which takes place every Wednesday evening at our Ypsilanti location.

        Today I have some interesting news to share . . .

        Last week, Ann Arbor’s Awesome Foundation awarded $1,000 to Ozone House to build a youth fitness room in the basement of our central facility in Ann Arbor. The $1,000 will be used to acquire a treadmill, stationary bike, dumbbell set, yoga equipment, gym mat, heavy bag and speed bag.

        Great news, right? Well, unfortunately once the story was published on Mark Maynard’s blog, a homophobic commenter began saying ugly and untrue things about our services to LGBTQ youth. To read the original post and comments, click here.

        Followers of Mark’s blog and supporters of Ozone House stepped up and were motivated to make contributions on behalf of our work with young people. Furthermore, John Coleman, owner of the local home hardware company Look in the Attic, decided to take action and match contributions to Ozone House through the end of day TODAY, Friday, Mar 30, up to a total of $500. More information on that discussion can be found here.

        If you believe in the work we do and want to stand up for the LGBTQ youth we serve, you can make your contribution on our secure website or by calling (734) 662-2265 ext. 25.

        Seeing this outpouring of community support, I am reminded of Margaret Mead’s quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” We could not do what we do without your generosity! Thank you, John Coleman, and thank all of you for your unwavering support.

        With pride and appreciation,

        Heather Steenrod
        Director of Development

      56. Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

        Instead of continuing to fill this thread with further argument, I’ll just come back around to my original point. That is that I am thankful to Ozone House for doing what they do without prejudice and to Mark for bringing up this cause and for giving us this forum for discussion/debate/argument.

        I am looking forward to making a donation no matter what dollar amount we end at. I’ve reached out to more friends via other channels to join us in matching dollars to OH. Hopefully this will drive some dollars to a good cause and some more hits to Mark’s blog.

      57. Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        EOS is quietly asking for guidance right now.

      58. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

        Peter,

        Actually a few years back the head of the Ann Arbor facility actually addressed this issue on Mark’s blog. If kids are going home with adults for “overnights” it wasn’t officially coordinated by OH. She wasn’t aware of it happening.

        My contention is that you hire “peers” to recruit runaway, vulnerable LGBTQ kids to come to your facility, you allow adults to socialize with them, and then you have nothing in place to prevent this from occurring.

      59. Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

        32.

      60. Tom
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

        Since I dont live in Ypsi anymore I donated to the local shelter teens that provides the same sort of LGBT services of OH.
        Although reading posts by EOS can give a trainwreck-like thrill. I too, am tired of the obvious schtick. It would be a shame if the comments here become an echo chamber, but that ISP blocking idea sounds good right now.

      61. Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

        If there’s a scandal, then you need to go down and root it out.

        In the meantime, hiding online and spouting bigoted nonsense (which you conspicuously have backtracked from) won’t do anything to address the accusations that you are making.

        But what else would we expect from someone as weak-kneed as yourself?

      62. Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        I’m unclear on whether this is a pledge situation or a donation-received-by-5pm situation, so I erred on the side of the latter and put in my piece of the MarkMaynard.com troll prevention fund.

        Thank you Mark, John C, and all!

      63. Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        This does raise a question, Peter. When or what is the cutoff point at which we will make our donations? I’m all for using as much of EOS’ nonsense against him as possible but I suppose at some point we’ll want to actually call it and send in our donations. I’ll follow your lead on this one.

      64. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        I haven’t backtracked from anything. I haven’t said anything hateful in either of the two recent threads. I do regret posting the scripture references. I was just boosting the number of posts as fast as I could. Isolated scriptures taken out of context aren’t a good means of persuasion. Multiple persons have claimed I’m homophobic. Really? If I were scared of homosexuals would I even engage in this conversation? What is it that you perceive as hateful? Is it hateful to consider sex outside of a marital relationship to be sinful or is it just a personal moral choice? Do you hate everyone with whom you have a difference of opinion?

      65. Posted March 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

        Well, we’re at 33 now.

        If we have to get these in by 5, then we have until then?

      66. Posted March 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

        It’s interesting that you would want to increase the count.

        I’ll just assume that you weren’t trying to vengefully (and unchristianly… Is that a word?) bankrupt me, but rather want to help out ozone house as much as you can.

      67. Heather Steenrod
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

        We did it!

        I am proud to say that thanks to all of you, Ozone House has received more than $500 in donations specifically recognizing the challenge that John Coleman established today. This means that John will be matching the $500 with his own $500, resulting in a generous gift of $1000.

        Here’s to John, Mark Maynard, Quinn Phillips, and community support for all of our young people!

        P.S. The needs of homeless and at-risk youth don’t stop at the end of today, so feel free to keep contributing online or by phone (or even by snail mail) in honor of Mark’s blog.

      68. Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

        Yes! Then I wI’ll keep my count going for now.

      69. Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        Maybe we can get yet ANOTHER $500 for Ozone House!

      70. Elviscostello
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

        Just made the donation, Mark! Good work by the Ozone House people.

      71. M. Cole
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

        A2Awesome is Awesome!

      72. Brent
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

        While I didn’t keep up with EOS’ comments for an accurate tally, I did just donate another $25 to Ozone House.

      73. Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        I did, 33 so far and I’m still counting. Anybody who is with me, can be.

        Good job, Brent.

      74. john
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

        @ Peter. $30.00? How liberal. LOL! Don’t hurt yourself.

      75. BJ
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

        Aw, EOS must have grown weary of his tirade. I have been silent in following the posts, but do wish the best of results to EOS if he were to protest the Pride Zone of Ozone House. For if that were to occur, I would have to wonder if this EOS does not in fact have a fascination with the facilitator in which is referenced and called out in a previous thread. Just a curious notation.

      76. Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

        John,

        Perhaps you didn’t read the part where I wrote that I’m still counting but I guess that’s too much to ask of you.

        Sadly, though, EOS is being meditative.

      77. Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

        Thank you, everyone. It’s incredibly cool to see what this community can do when called upon.

      78. Thom Elliott
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:41 am | Permalink

        I just love this, now that I know we can do it, we should use our community ire against bigotry and heartlessness constantly, it should be a general undercurrent, people need to be fundraising against the tide of nihilism and apathy. The knowledge that we didn’t just fight with a hate mongering libel spewing fascist, but actually used our angst to impact our community in a concretely positive way gives me gooseflesh. Thank you Mark, and thanks to all the menschheit who contributed, and most of all thank you EOS, if it wasn’t for your unwavering allegence to baseless libel and slavish devotion to the void, none of this beautiful outpouring would have been possible.

      79. Posted March 31, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

        As this has died, I am donating $33 to Ozone (plus the pledges that were sent to me). Anyone who wants to join me, can.

        I was going to donate more, but I’ve decided that I’m going to save future funds to donate to other causes that EOS maligns.

        I am going to make the donation in EOS’s name.

        This was really inspiring. It’s great that someone filled with so much hate and so deeply ignorant can inspire something positive and important.

        Good work, Mark.

      80. john
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

        “This was really inspiring. It’s great that someone filled with so much hate and so deeply ignorant can inspire something positive and important.”

        I was thinking the same thing, I’ve never seen Liberals give so much before. Well there was Bidens generous $369 gift to charity that one year.

      81. Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for keeping track, Peter. I’ll make a donation Monday morning.

      82. EOS
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

        So of the hundreds of people who visit this site daily, you got a dozen or so to each claim to have contributed a small sum of money and one individual businessman revealed a disproportionate interest in financing the Pride Zone. In exchange, I got an opportunity to enlighten a number of people as to how Ozone House enables homosexual adults to meet and get to know the teens in our community. Anyone who read the posts saw for themselves those responsible for spewing vitriol and hate-filled messages. If one parent decides to keep a closer watch on their child who visits the Ozone House then it was worth all your verbal abuse and more. Thanks.

      83. Eel
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

        Jesus called. He wants his religion back.

      84. EOS
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

        Jesus doesn’t want religion. Read what He had to say about the Pharisees. But He did ask me to tell you that He loves you and is ready to welcome you back with open arms.

      85. Thom Elliott
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 6:15 am | Permalink

        EOS, you have enlightened no one, no one believes what you say, its libel, and if I were Ozone House, I’d seek to press charges against you for shamelessly slandering an organization. That place has 2000$ more then it had last week, and that money is going to actually help people who need it. I know you said it sardonically, and would never actually do it, and that it was a hollow rhetorical device of a shameful man, but you should get a group and minister to them (not that you would be convincing, you’re the weakest evangelist I’ve ever known) why not do some good in this world and help people to see that this life is transitory, and that the godhead loves them and watches over them.

      86. Brainless
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

        Mark, I simply wouldn’t have donated to Ozone house without your efforts here (though I have donated in the past and support them with every fiber of my being). Every time the bile rises in my throat when I read the hate so joyfully spewed by certain people, I think of how kind and respectful this mass action we have taken is. Thank you for making the world a better place!

      87. Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:32 am | Permalink

        Eos, go to Ozone House and make your (as yet completely unfounded) allegations known.

      88. SparkleMotion
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 8:12 am | Permalink

        Hey EOS, the bible can be summed up in one sentence – “Don’t be a dick”. You have violated that rule.

      89. EOS
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

        Peter,

        Quinn and Heather have both read my “allegations” that adults meet vulnerable teens through Ozone House and have opportunity to develop that relationship further in their private homes. Neither has chosen to respond in this forum. I have absolutely no reason to believe that the 6 kids who are housed at any given time, with their parents permission, are subjected to any physical abuse. But OH attracts many more kids than they can house. They facilitate them living on the streets apart from their parents which puts them in danger. Do more kids run away from their parents as a result of the assistance that they receive through OH? I suspect that may be the case but I have no way of determining this. Should Ozone House feel a responsibility to do everything they can to discourage minors from sleeping in the homes of single adults? I think so, but what can they do? Can they at least ask adults to refrain from contact with these kids outside of OH? Get them to sign an agreement and ban them from OH if it is discovered that they violate the agreement? Maybe recruit families with teens who might accommodate the housing needs of kids on the streets by giving them a bed to sleep in? Do they even attempt to determine where the kids sleep who come for food and laundry? Do they counsel teens to avoid these kind of relationships? Are they safer sleeping under a bridge? I don’t know what the answer is but do feel it is important to let others know of the potential harm so that steps can be taken to protect vulnerable minors.

      90. Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

        You admit your evidence is flimsy, yet happily spread your (unfounded) allegations for all to see.

        The real problem here is that you are a bigot. You views on homosexuality are well known to all readers of this blog.

        Your problem with Ozone is that gay children will be told that it’s ok to be gay, which it is.

        Go to Ozone, sit down, make your accusations.

        I haven’t donated yet.

        35.

      91. Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

        Not to mention the fact that this is an inappropriate forum to make such allegations even if you did have any evidence. On top of that you expect Ozone House staff to respond to allegations of wrong doing generated in a public thread on a blog!? I have the utmost respect for Mark’s blog and the conversation it generates. I also have the common sense to understand this is not the place to get criminal activity addressed, especially if something is happening that actively puts our at risk youth in more danger than they’re already in. If you know of something that happened or happens you seriously need to report it properly. If you don’t, you seriously need to stop libeling this institution that provides a very valuable community service.

      92. Edward
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

        “Ohio school district sued for banning ‘Jesus Is Not a Homophobe’ T-shirt”

        http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/03/11003490-ohio-school-district-sued-for-banning-jesus-is-not-a-homophobe-t-shirt

      93. For EOS
        Posted April 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        “Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.”

        Read the study:
        http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120406234458.htm

      94. Posted April 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

        36.

      95. For EOS
        Posted July 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        Good news, EOS, you’re no longer one of a kind. Thanks to scientists are Harvard, there’s now another creature formed from the mutated cells of a rat’s heart.

        http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/artificial-jellyfish-heart-cells/

      96. Meta
        Posted October 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

        I’d love to see EOS do something like this.

        In his Nashville Christian church, Timothy Kurek was taught the lesson of God’s wrath in the Biblical story of “Sodom and Gomorrah,” and he believed that homosexuality was a sin.

        “You learned to be very afraid of God,” said Kurek. According to the preachings of his church, “The loving thing to do is to tell my friend who is gay, ‘Hey, listen, you are an abomination and you need to repent to go to heaven.’ I absolutely believed in that lock, stock and barrel.”

        So devout was Kurek as a teen that friends’ parents would often call him to set their kids straight if they misbehaved or broke what they believed to be God’s law.

        “I would be the one on the phone until four in the morning, asking them to repent for their sins,” he said.

        But about four years ago, when a lesbian he knew from karaoke night confided to him that her parents had disowned her when she came out, Kurek felt that he failed her.

        “I feel God really kicked me in the gut,” he said. “She was crying in my arms and instead of being there for her, I was thinking about all the arguments to convert her.”

        Kurek’s reaction ate away at him, and he wondered what it felt like to be gay and so alone. So even though Kurek identifies as straight, he embarked on what one religious writer called “spiritual espionage.” He would live like a gay man for a year.

        “It finally clicked,” he said. “I needed to empathize and understand.”

        Now 26 and no longer homophobic, Kurek writes about his journey — one that included hanging out in gay bars and facing the disappointment of his family and rejection of his friends — in his memoir, “The Cross in the Closet.”

        He chose today, National Coming Out Day and LGBT National History Month, to launch book sales and has pledged to give some of the proceeds to a charity that helps LGBT youth who are homeless.

        Read more:
        http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cross-closet-straight-christian-lives-year-gay-man/story?id=17443219#.UHhlDxihDrs

      97. chef pizza
        Posted March 30, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

        Best blog EVER.

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