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Host Homes Network

Be a part of the solution by becoming a Host Home. They provide temporary, overnight shelter for a runaway or homeless youth. Host Homes are families with or without children, singles, and retirees. They are paid for their training and for the time they spend providing service. Some of our Homes have been in the network for more than 10 years. We don’t ask you to become a counselor; Host families provide shelter, and we do the rest. Call us at 309-827-0377 for more information about how you can provide safety to youth who are separated from their parents.

Share Your Skills

We need volunteers in graphic arts to work with our youth groups who produce community and school media. Or, if you have professional knowledge in money management, home management, nutrition, legal aid, or a host of other careers, consider being a Guest Speaker for a 1-hour Life Skills class. Your talents with computers, advertising, and media are also welcomed. Call us at 309-827-0377.

Board Member

If you have a passion to help youth in need within your community, and the ability to share your time and talents, Project Oz would love to discuss the possibility of becoming a Board Member.

Reception/Front Office

To join our dedicated volunteers, please contact our Office Manager at 827-0377. We’d love to talk to you about the possibilities.

Group Projects

Your group can sponsor an apartment for a homeless youth. While they live in the apartments, they attend weekly Life Skills classes, look for jobs at living wages, and finish their education. Apartments need the usual list of gently used or new supplies, such as furniture, linens and towels, kitchen utensils, dinnerware, cleaning supplies, and small electrics such as toasters or vacuums. Individuals, companies, sororities, and churches have all donated items.

Individual Needs

Can you spare anything a homeless or runaway youth might need? We help more than 350 runaway and homeless youth every year. Most usually have little more than the clothes they are wearing. We have survival aid items for them, but we can always use more. We accept items or money to purchase new items such as socks, food cards and phone cards, sunscreen, fleece blankets, sleeping bags, and more.