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February 2019 Horizons

June 2018 Horizons

See for yourself the impact your generosity has on our youth

We know your time is precious. Even so, we we hope you're able to spare eight minutes to watch the video to your left.

When you watch, you'll get a glimpse of how your generosity helps our kids. You'll know without a doubt that your donations are put to good work.

jrJasmine, 21 years old with sparkling brown eyes and a mile-wide smile, was kind enough to share her Daybreak experience at our Champions for Youth breakfast and luncheon fundraisers in November 2015. Jasmine delivered her remarks with confidence, greatly impressing the almost 500 guests in attendance.

In March 2012, shortly before turning 18, Jasmine had to leave home. She stayed with various friends and relatives at first. After graduating from high school that May, she headed to St. Vincent’s shelter for homeless women.

While at St. Vincent’s, Jasmine was surprised to learn that that Daybreak could help her. Though she’d stayed in Daybreak’s shelter as a younger teen, she didn’t realize that Daybreak was even an option for an 18-year-old.

Thankcarlishas to generous donor support, Carlisha has overcome homelessness and is a responsible citizen in our community. She recently moved out of Daybreak's housing program and assumed the lease on her apartment. She works at Premier Health and takes classes toward a double major at Sinclair Community College.

Finally, on top of supporting herself and going to school, Carlisha's involved in raising her three younger siblings and has them stay with her on weekends.We think you'll agree: Carlisha's a remarkable young woman.

But all that didn’t come easy for this bubbly, friendly almost-20-year-old. She generously shared her story with nearly 500 strangers at our Champions for Youth fundraising events on November 5, and there weren’t many dry eyes in the room by the time she was finished.

If you shop at Dorothy Lane Market's Oakwood store, you might spot Megan behind the bakery counter one day. Megan a resident in Daybreak's housing program, has been a DLM associate since the fall of 2013.

Soon after Megan came to Daybreak, she started in our employment program in order to learn what it takes to get and keep a job.

By Mary McCarty

Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News
Reprinted with permission from the Dayton Daily News

When Jordan Cook was 17, his mother, Diane, died without warning, at age 43, from an aneurysm.

“My world turned upside down,” recalled Cook, now 20. “I had this whole life, with a mom and a little brother and sister, and everybody went here and there and everywhere.”

His younger brother and sister went to live with relatives, and Cook eventually found refuge at Daybreak, the Dayton shelter for homeless youth.

He couldn’t have pictured himself where he is now: as baker, customer service rep and go-to guy at the newly-opened Lindy & Company Gourmet Pet Treats. He’s dreaming of a career in culinary arts, with an education financed through military service.

shalondaShalonda, a resident in our housing program, lives in a cozy apartment, works full-time at a daycare center, and enjoys playing cello in her spare time.

If not for the generosity of our donors, Shalonda could've ended up living on the streets. Instead she has a home and is optomistic about her future.

If someone asked you “What does Daybreak do?” how would you answer? You might reply that Daybreak is the community’s only emergency shelter for runaway and homeless teens. Of course, you’d be correct. After all, that’s how we began almost 37 years ago. And our shelter is still operating and helping runaway and homeless teens, 24 hours a day.

However, over the years, the faces of runaway and homeless youth in our community have changed. They’ve grown older. Today, we still see young teens, but most youth coming to Daybreak for help are 17, 18, 19 or even 20 years old. They’re unable to return home. They’re too old for adoption and too young and inexperienced to live on their own. They really have no place to go.

On November 4, 2010 Alexis, a young woman in Daybreak’s housing program, bravely shared her childhood story of abandonment and longtime abuse with over 425 guests at our Champions for Youth fundraiser.

Kicked out of the house when she turned 18, Alexis finally found the home she’d always wished for when she arrived at Daybreak. With help from her Daybreak family, Alexis moved into our Beachler Apartments, finished high school, and pursued her dream of going to college. Most importantly, she says, she learned how to overcome her anger and have a positive outlook on life.

James' mother brought him to Dayton for a "vacation" with his father. When 17-year-old James asked when she'd be back to rescue him from his father's condemned house, she said she wasn't coming back. A devastated James was sure he'd never see his mother again. He eventually left his father and turned to Daybreak for help.

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