About Daybreak

Daybreak was established in 1975 in Dayton, Ohio as an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Today, Daybreak operates the Miami Valley’s only 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency youth shelter and has grown to include outreach, prevention, transitional housing, life-skills education, and other follow-up services for runaway, throwaway, and homeless youth. Daybreak is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our Vision

A safe home for every child.

Our Mission

To eliminate youth homelessness in the Miami Valley through comprehensive and results-oriented programs that provide safety and stability for runaway, troubled, and homeless youth.

What We Do

Daybreak has five core programs serving youth and young adults in crisis in the Dayton region:

  • Daybreak operates the region’s only emergency shelter, open 24/7, for youth ages 10 to 19. Daybreak provides shelter, food, clothing, counseling, safety, and stability to more than 200 youth each year.
  1. Daybreak’s housing program is the region’s only program designed to move homeless youth ages 18 to 24 out of homelessness, poverty, under-education, and crisis and into housing, financial independence, educational achievement, and self-sufficiency.
  • Daybreak’s street outreach program makes contact with more than 1,500 youth each year who are couch-hopping or living on street and looking for help. Daybreak will provide these youth with basic necessities while helping them find a safe place to live.
  • Daybreak's employment program helps Daybreak youth develop the skills necessary to get and keep jobs. Work-readiness training is provided at Lindy & Company, Daybreak's gourmet pet treat bakery. In addition, youth receive job assessment and job placement services.
  • Alma's Place is Daybreak's residential facility for homeless youth adults ages 18 to 24 with mental illness or cognitive delay that impedes their ability to live on their own. To help them become independent, residents are offered structured programming that focuses on daily living activities, life skills development, education, socialization, and employment.