Daybreak was established in 1975 in Dayton, Ohio as an emergency shelter for homeless and vulnerable 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 homeless, runaway, and vulnerable youth. Daybreak is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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To provide Miami Valley homeless and vulnerable youth with services that promote safety, stability, and well-being.
A promising future for all youth.
What We Do
Daybreak has seven core programs serving youth and young adults in crisis in the Dayton region:
Daybreak’s emergency shelter is open 24/7 and provides shelter, food, clothing, counseling, safety, and stability to youth ages 10 to 21. Shelter staff also answer our 24/7 crisis hotline.
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 drop-in center is a resource for youth who are couch-hopping, in danger of losing housing, staying in an adult shelter, or living on the street. Daybreak provides these youth with daily 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. Lindy’s is Daybreak’s job-readiness program that provides Daybreak youth with the opportunity to gain valuable job training experience in a supportive environment. In addition, youth receive job assessment and job placement services.
Daybreak’s licensed therapists provide Daybreak youth with individual, family, and group mental health services.
Daybreak’s OZ Works program prepares youth for long-term self-sufficiency in the larger community outside of Daybreak and focuses on creating positive youth connections.
David’s Place is Daybreak’s drop-in center for LGBTQ+ youth. David’s Place provides a safe and inclusive environment, LGBTQ+ resources and support, and entry into all other Daybreak services.