A2Awesome gives $1,000 to Ozone House for the creation of an in-house workout facility for at-risk youth

    A2Awesome just made our second $1,000 award. This time, the paper bag full of cash went to Ozone House, for the purchase of exercise equipment to be used by the homeless, runaway and at-risk youth they counsel, house and otherwise support. Following is the transcript of a quick conversation with Quinn Phillips, the Ozone House representative who submitted the funding request to A2Awesome. [Quinn is pictured at the right, in the above photo, with A2Awesome Trustees Omari Rush, Linh Song and Hans Masing] If, after reading through our exchange, you’d like to know more, you can find additional details at the A2Awesome site.

    Oh, and congratulations to Ozone House! They’re an awesome organization, and I’m super happy that we were able to help them do this. $1,000 isn’t much, but it will really help improve the lives of hundreds of young people over the coming years, as they fight to overcome the obstacles that have been placed before them.

    MARK: How will you be spending the $1,000?

    QUINN: First of all, thank you so much to the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation and their generous donors. It’s a brilliant concept, and we are so lucky to have community members willing to put all this work into our local chapter.

    We will be creating a youth fitness room in the basement of Ozone House’s main location in Ann Arbor. My proposal was to outfit the room with a treadmill, stationary bike, dumbbell set, yoga equipment, gym mat, heavy bag and speed bag.

    MARK: Why is this important to the young people that Ozone serves?

    QUINN: Our young clients are facing an overwhelming number of challenges. This often leads to stress, anger and depression. It is amazing to see how quickly their moods can improve when they have opportunities for physical activities that they enjoy. These are kids who could never afford to take a fitness class, or become a member of a gym. Before coming to Ozone House, they often lack access to nutritious food, and positive recreational activities. Having our own work out space is a wonderful opportunity to let youth blow off some steam in a place where they will be safe and supported. With this space, we’ll be able to bring in local trainers and experts to teach the kids exercise and self-defense techniques. I’m especially excited about the boxing gear, because I’ve recently taken up mixed-martial arts. I’d love to show them how fun and stress-relieving a heavy bag workout can be.

    MARK: What, in your opinion, made your application Awesome?

    QUINN: I think this project is awesome because it will help so many young people in our community. Each year Ozone House provides emergency housing to over 130 youth, and ongoing services to 300 youth and families. I’d like to make the workout space as accessible as possible for our clients, but even those who don’t get a chance to use it will benefit from this grant. Having a workout space at Ozone House will save the agency a lot of time and money. Every dollar we save on transportation and activities can be put directly into other services for local families. I love that this generous gift from our community will still be making a difference in people’s lives years from now.

    MARK: Can you tell us a little about Ozone, its mission, and the current challenges that the organization faces?

    QUINN: Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency which helps runaway, homeless and at-risk youth lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services. All our services are free of charge.

    Many people contact Ozone House through our 24 hour crisis line. Our first priority is making sure the person is safe and able to meet their immediate needs, such as food and housing. From there we determine if they could best be helped through counseling, case management, or our residential services.

    Ozone House offers a two week residential counseling program for runaway and homeless youth called Safe Stay. We provide shelter for up to six youth at a time, between the ages of 10 and 17. At Safe Stay, they receive family counseling, life skills training ,and other supportive services. Ozone House also has a transitional living program, Miller House, for youth ages 17 to 20. Miller House focuses on academic success, career services and independent living.

    Though Ozone House serves all youth regardless of identity, we offer a lot of support to LGBTQ youth. I co-facilitate the newly renamed Pride Zone program (formerly Queer Zone), a weekly support group for LGBTQ and questioning youth ages 13 to 20. We meet Wednesday nights at the Ypsilanti Ozone House.

    As you mentioned, Ozone House has had to adapt to cuts in non-profit funding in the past few years. Funding concerns have led to recent changes our Ypsilanti Youth Drop-In Center, now called the Ypsilanti Ozone House. We’ve had to reduce the number of unstructured hours when youth can “drop-in”, but still offer daily hot meals, computer access, showers, laundry, case management, and career services free of charge.

    DO YOU HAVE AN AWESOME IDEA?

    If you have an awesome idea of your own, please consider applying for a grant. All you have to do is click here and fill out the submission form to get the ball rolling.

    And please share this post with all of your brilliant, creative, and visionary friends in S.E. Michigan. We have money to give, and we’d love to know if there are ambitious, inspiring ideas out there where $1,000 could be creatively leveraged to really make a difference.

    BACKGROUND:

    A2 Awesome is organized under the banner of the Boston-based Awesome Foundation. The stated purpose of the local group, according to our chairwoman, Lisa Dengiz, is “to have fun by providing streamlined seed funding for creative projects that will bring surprise, delight and joy to the community.” The organization intends to make one grant a month for the foreseeable future. All grants will be in the amount of $1,000.

    Chapter trustees contribute their own personal funds toward the $1,000, no-strings-attached grant each month, to an awesome project that promises to make life better. In addition to me and Lisa, trustees include Dick Soble, Paul Saginaw, Jeff Meyers, Linh Song, Heather MacKenzie, Monique Deschaine, Hans Masing, Alice Liberson, Omari Rush, Tanya Luz and Larry Gant.

    Created in 2009 in Boston, the Awesome Foundation now has chapters in over 20 cities across the globe. In addition to the new Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti chapter, there are Awesome Foundation outposts in both Detroit and Grad Rapids. Projects funded have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts and social good.

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      71 Comments

      1. Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

        Information on our first grant, which was awarded to a fellow by the name of Nate Ayers, can be found here.

      2. b
        Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

        that is so great!! congratulations to Ozone house.
        i have all sorts of ideas for a grant, although i can’t say they are awesome.

      3. Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

        They may not get funded, Beth. I’ve only got one vote out of thirteen, but I’d love to hear what you’ve got in mind.

        Also, I didn’t mention it in the post, but, right now, Ozone spends money to take some of the young people that they support to local gyms. This costs money, and there are confidentiality issues that arise, as they’re in public with people from Ozone House. Having the facility in-house is not only more convenient, but it allows them to put their money toward more critical services, allowing them to help more kids… This was an awesome project.

      4. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

        More things to entice minors to runaway from home and be influenced by adults who may find them sexually attractive. Wasn’t taking young people to workout at gyms the MO of Sandusky?

      5. Edward
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:50 am | Permalink

        Jesus would be so proud of you, EOS. Your compassion knows no bounds.

      6. K2
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

        For those of you in the audience this morning that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting EOS, he’s the resident troll here, and he’s obsessed with the idea of men having sex with young boys. In fact, he’s admitted in the past to having done a great deal of “research” on the subject by visiting NAMBLA websites. For what it’s worth, I’d sleep much easier at night knowing that my teenage son was in the care of Ozone, than if he were in the care of EOS.

      7. Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

        Don’t forget that she also hates black people.

      8. Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

        What a great program to receive the grant. It’s amazing how much benefit exercise can bring. Especially at that age and to folks with that much stress in their life. Nice work A2Awesome!

      9. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:46 am | Permalink

        Yes, keep those young bodies buff!

      10. Mr. X
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

        Thank you, EOS, for demonstrating to all of us over this past week what it means to be a good Christian, by attacking an organization that seeks to help at-risk youth, and championing a man who shot an unarmed back teenager to death for looking out of place in a gated community.

      11. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

        You’re welcome. It’s my Christian duty to advocate for the protection of minors so that they aren’t put at risk by adults who want to encourage same-sex behaviors and “counsel” them to embrace this type of sinful activity. And if you read my posts about Zimmerman, I didn’t champion him. I merely tried to reduce the racial animosity caused by knee jerk reactions by asking everyone to wait till all the facts are in before they fan the flames of racial hatred.

      12. Edward
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

        I’m curious, EOS, to know more about the work you do to protect homeless, runaway and at-risk minors. Please do elaborate.

      13. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

        If they are homeless – I call 911 or DHS, if they are runaway – I return them to their parents. As for at risk minors, I work with a residential facility where I am matched with a child who is a ward of the state. I visit the child at the facility for several hours each week, under the supervision of multiple staff members. I have mentored a number of youth and I continue to help them after they age out of the system and try to establish self-sufficient adult lives. What do you do Edward?

      14. Edward
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

        Do these people that match you with children know that you spend time on NAMBLA sites? I’m curious.

      15. anonymous
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:50 am | Permalink

        EOS, the good Christian that he is, is also arguing in another thread that the poor should not have access to health care.

      16. kjc
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

        so if these kids are molested at home, and run away, you send them back? to protect them?

        you don’t seem to know where most children experience abuse from adults.

      17. kjc
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

        but screw kneejerk EOS. I’m happy for Ozone House. Good job.

      18. Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

        “I return them to their parents”

        What, at gunpoint?

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

        It’s good that the township doesn’t have to waste money on police:

        Ypsi Township is protected by EOS.

      20. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

        If kids are molested at home, then the proper action is to report it to the authorities and remove the minor from that environment. Helping a minor run away is not the solution. If you keep silent, then siblings will be molested, the adult goes unpunished, and the teen is vulnerable to abuse from other adults while they try to live on the street.

      21. kjc
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        no one is helping minors run away, you screwed up fuck.

      22. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        So, in your mind, providing food, housing, and recreational activities is not of any help to a runaway?

      23. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

        Daily hot meals, computer access, showers, laundry, case management, and career services don’t help minors live apart from their parents either?

      24. Al Thompson
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        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 you 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:

        http://ozonehouse.org/give.php

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

      25. Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

        I just gave money to Ozone house, too.

        Go Ozone.

      26. Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

        I am going to start counting the number of times that EOS posts.

        For every post EOS makes, I will donate a dollar to Ozone house.

        If anyone wants to join me, please do. If EOS posts 100 times and even ten of use go along with this, we will be able to raise $1000 for Ozone house.

      27. anonymous
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

        I like how EOS is angry that Ozone provides “daily hot meals, computer access, showers, laundry, case management, and career services” to homeless youth. Obviously society would be better served if you fed these children gruel and made them sleep in an unheated barn, in their own filth.

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

        Has anyone considered the possibility that EOS is a character developed by the folks at Ozone in order to increase online donations via social media?

      29. kjc
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        there are worse fates, EOS. it’s not like they’re at the Wurst Bar being hipsters, looking cooler than Dan.

      30. Al Thompson
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        Here’s the nice letter you receive when you donate online:

        Thank you for your gift to Ozone House! With your help, we will continue to provide a safe place with real support for young people throughout Washtenaw County who have nowhere else to turn.

        Recently, I heard a radio story about a 15-year-old girl living on the streets and her efforts to survive unspeakable situations. The announcer began the story with a warning that the content might be too difficult for some listeners to bear, so listeners may opt to turn off the radio. I was struck by the warning, because that young woman does not get a chance to “turn off” her life. Every day our staff and volunteers listen to young people and their families tell similar stories of trauma and survival.

        With your help, the trauma is not the end of the story. Your generosity helps Ozone House provide housing to youth with nowhere to turn, support youth to achieve their educational goals, help homeless young people access housing and employment, answer calls for help 24 hours a day, provide leadership training and opportunities for local homeless youth, and create a safe place for young people to transition to adulthood.

        I am always interested to learn what inspires you to provide support to Ozone House and would welcome an opportunity to speak with you directly. Please feel free to contact me at (734) 662-2265 or email kdoyle@ozonehouse.org.

        On behalf of our Board, Staff, Volunteers and, most importantly, the youth and families we support each day, thank you for your generosity.

        Warmest regards,

        Katie Doyle
        Executive Director

      31. Brent
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        @Peter Larson, I made a similar statement near the end of 2011, that I would donate $1 for every homophobic comment left by EOS. Needless to say I had a hard time keeping track, so I just ended up writing them a $100 check. I have a feeling we may be well past 100 comments from EOS by now, time for me to cut Ozone House another check.

      32. Dan
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        why the hate kjc? Why not join EOS and I in the Township.

        More likely than not, the comments above are attacks on an isolated individual
        from Ypsilanti Township, and are not reflective of all the good which is happening in this resilient, beautiful township. If you want to know what Ypsilanti Township is really like, come visit. We’re actually a lot like you, except maybe more fiscally responsible & a little less hipster.

      33. Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

        Why restrict it to homophobia since EOS lives homophobia and bigotry 24/7?

        I will occasionally post a running tally of how many times EOS has posted so that we can coordinate donations.

        In this post alone, we already have 7.

      34. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

        8

      35. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        9

      36. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        10…

      37. Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

        $10 to Ozone House….

        Just today.

        Thanks, EOS!

      38. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

        1 Corinthians 6:9-10

      39. Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

        $11!!

      40. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

        Romans 1: 21-27

      41. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

        1 Timothy 1:10

      42. Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

        $13

      43. Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

        Brent, you are in on this, right?

      44. Thom Elliott
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        I’m sure it is the main objective of the management of a youth drop-in center and all the horror and struggle this would involve, just for better gay cruising opportunities, because to be concerned for homosexual youth means you yourself must be a homosexual, because that follows. I’m sure EOS would say the same thing about Catholic orphanages/schools? You’re trying to protect children from people who may be attracted to them right? No greater society of pedaphiles in history, so I bet EOS spends his time vigorously campaigning against them too. Nevermind the overwhelming majority of child sex abuse occurs in the home and is heterosexual in orientation.

      45. Thom Elliott
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

        Oh and Revelation 3:9.

      46. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

        These are underage minors that are being exploited.

      47. Thom Elliott
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

        So…are…the…children…with the Catholics?? Give it up monster, you’re an illogical hypocritical hack.

      48. Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

        $14

      49. Brent
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

        Oh yes, I’m in. I’m always on board for doing Christ-like things like providing for the homeless, especially if they happen to piss off Christianists like EOS in the process.

      50. Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

        Jesus Christ people, SERIOUSLY?!?!! We are arguing with a troll about the Ozone House? If it was the Fuck-Me-Up-The-Ass-Sideways house, okay, maybe it would be a touch controversial but for the love of almighty GOD–it’s the motherfucking Ozone House!!! They do good things! They HELP people! It’s nothing controversial.

        Fuck this shit. I’m going to start drinking.

      51. Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

        I’ll offer up Matthew 7:12 to this conversation.

      52. Quinn
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, Mark! And thanks to the others who have donated!

        Just to clarify to the community, not that this will change the minds of a few:

        Youth who stay at Ozone House’s Safe Stay program are signed in by their guardians. It is a voluntary two week program, which involves family counseling to help with some of the issues that lead youth to runaway and experience family conflict to begin with.

        For more information on this program, and to see pictures of the facilities check out the website:

        http://ozonehouse.org/programs/safestay.php

      53. kjc
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

        Dan, thanks for the invite but I already know people who live in the Township. And they’re not scared of Ozone House or the Corner or Wurst or Beezy’s, and they actually eat at Haab’s sometimes too. Some of them even wear knit hats and skinny jeans and kicks way cooler than yours. Don’t be such a snob, little man. You and EOS just talk a lot. Y0u’re only representative of people like you. Not the whole Twp.

        Ok fine, i’ll donate to Ozone House too. but i can’t give money every time EOS says something idiotic. I’m not some wealthy professional on my laptop at the Corner!

      54. b
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

        EOS, I am uncertain if you believe what you say, but I can offer some unsolicited advice: Please move to a site that perhaps you feel more comfortable with, so that we don’t have to continue to read the complete rubbish that is being spewed from your small mind. Thanks you.

      55. Dan
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

        exactly, kjc, “Y0u’re only representative of people like you. Not the whole Twp.”

        the same can be said about you and many of readers here w.r.t. the city.

      56. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        I don’t fear Ozone House. I don’t fear homosexuals. I don’t need to defend Catholic priests who molest children. There are plenty of sites on the Internet where I feel more comfortable. But I post here because there are so many people who need to hear a reality based message.

        Quinn says that there is room to house 6 kids at Ozone House when their guardians give permission. What do you all think happens to all the others?

      57. Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        15 dollars to Ozone House.

      58. Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

        Whoever is in on this with me, please email me.

        My goal is to raise $1000 for Ozone house completely off EOS’ idiotic and bigoted posts. I want to see some good come out from threads like these.

        Let’s do it. Ozone house needs our support. Troubled kids need our support.

        pslarson2@gmail.com

      59. j
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

        Wasn’t sure where to send the dedication email.

        Donation Information:

        Frequency Organization Dedication Amount
        One-time OZONE HOUSE INC On behalf of EOS, the bigoted troll of m… $20.00
        Tax-Deductible Network for Good Grant: $0.60
        Grand Total: $20.60

      60. biscodo
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

        Peter: Done. Count me in. I’m not so big with the keeping up with the dollar-by-dollar (partially because I’m just not so interested in constantly checking comment updates), so I jumped ahead to $20, figuring I’ll check in later and get caught up along the way. But, you know… I’m there in spirit with you on the matching funds.

        There’s gotta be a name for this whole counter-EOS donation stimulation – like the Planned Parenthood/Komen Foundation thing. I think after the Komen Kerfluffle, PP took in something like 4 months worth of operating budget in a week worth of “protest/sympathy/outrage donations”. (of course, Bloomberg’s $250k was significant to PP, but the guy has a net worth of $20B, so that’s the equivalent of someone with a net worth of $100k donating $1) And yes, when the Komen Kerfluffle happened, the first thought was “well, screw them. I can kick in some more to PP.” Clearly, I’m not the only one.

        Aaaanyway…. Murph has a point (though scripture not being the vehicle I would have chosen) and I am a supporter of trying to take the high road on such things. No need to rage against the trolls, people. Just open your hearts and your wallets and toss them a ten or a twenty or hundo or whatever you can manage.

        Ozone House hopefully knows that the community supports them, even without the blog trolls. I never *really* knew what they did until a friend’s kid was in crisis, and Ozone helped big time. They got through it and remain whole, thanks to Ozone, who were there at all hours and knew how to help.

        As the kids on the tee-vee say, “mad props to Ozone, yo.”

        kjc: alas, there are hipsters in the twp too.

        Dan: when people get all “ypsi city blah blah blah, ypsi township blah blah blah”, it just doesn’t make sense having all this artificial tribal affiliation just because someone lives on the other side of the street and that’s where the border happens to be. It looks like neighborhood snobbishness (“I live in Springtonfieldville Hills… where do *you* live?”) and chips-on-shoulders (“wahhh, they hate us…”). But hey, I live “over there”, so I’m the enemy either way. Just saying – the whole we/they thing (getting personal of it) looks pretty damn petty when it’s in a small(ish) town/township.

      61. biscodo
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

        uh… I meant toss the ten or twenty or hundred to Ozone… not the trolls.

      62. Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

        Biscodo-san,

        Excellent. Email me off list. I’ll collect the names, we can pool the money and deliver it to Ozone.

        I have four pledges already of people willing to counter bigotry and stupidity and help out a great operation like Ozone House.

        Let’s get everyone involved.

        Pete

        pslarson2@gmail.com

      63. Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

        There’s new news coming. Look for a post on the front page in an hour or so… It’s good news.

      64. EOS
        Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

        Great! You guys collect the money and round up all the LGBTQ kids every Wednesday and I’ll bring a multitude of Christians to evangelize. Let’s get everyone involved!

      65. Thom Elliott
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:25 am | Permalink

        “Reality based message”. I love that the most unphilosophical, demonstrably illogical hack writer who can’t help himself from unalloyed hatespeech, no matter if the targets are abused children, who has no analytical ability that I can see, is going to deliver a message based on “reality”. How I wish you could see just how painfully unaware of the structure of reality you really are, it is just amazing to me, morons who have never picked up a philosophy book in their life are experts on reality, have gobs of bullshit to say, and are going to tell me about it. I guess if you can thumb through a Chick tract that makes you an expert on ontology, phenomenology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, etc. All this time wasted on intense scholarship wasted when I could have just listened to this jerkoff spout dogshit and be enlightened.

      66. Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:02 am | Permalink

        15

      67. HomoD
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

        I wonder if society should, with the long history of child molestations by the church, have laws banning people under the age of 18 from attending organized religion. Parents can come home and explain to their children what they learned from their minister of the word of the Lord without putting the children in any potential harm. After all, as I understand it, why else would a man become a Priest unless he wanted to prey on children. Easy pickings if you ask me. If these laws were to pass, would we have a sudden shortage of Priests? Or might there be another reason? Perhaps just the aspect of volunteering your time and heart to a cause that you believe is worthy of it?

      68. Eel
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

        Well said, HomoD.

        http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee55/Lurdiak/?action=view&current=121afs5.gif&newest=1

      69. EOS
        Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

        I apologize for my bigoted remarks. I have been a complete dick ever since I first visited this blog and I cannot make it up to the users of this community. I will be donating $1000 to Ozone House as retribution for my actions. I hope you will all accept my most sincere apologies.

        (If only the real EOS would actually say this :/)

      70. Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

        34

      71. Posted April 3, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

        I rarely leave comments, but after browsing a great deal
        of responses on this page A2Awesome gives $1,000 to Ozone House for the creation of an in-house workout facility
        for at-risk youth. I do have a few questions for
        you if it’s okay. Could it be just me or does it give the impression like a few of the comments look like they are left by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are writing on other places, I’d like to keep up with you.

        Would you list of every one of your public pages like your linkedin
        profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

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