Welcome to Daybreak Dayton, a compassionate and dedicated organization committed to transforming the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. With a rich history spanning over 40 years, we have become a beacon of hope, providing essential services, support, and resources to those in need. Join us on this informative journey as we delve into the heart of Daybreak’s mission and the impactful work we do every day.

Mission and Vision:

At Daybreak Dayton, our mission is simple yet profound: to empower homeless youth and young adults to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. We envision a community where all young people have access to safe housing, basic necessities, education, and employment opportunities. By prioritizing compassionate care and holistic support, we strive to break the cycle of homelessness and build a brighter future for those we serve.

Comprehensive Services:

1. Housing Solutions: We offer a range of housing options tailored to meet each individual’s unique needs, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Through these programs, we provide a safe and stable environment where residents can begin their journey towards independence.

2. Basic Needs: Daybreak recognizes the importance of addressing immediate needs. We offer nutritious meals, hygiene supplies, clothing, and access to laundry facilities, ensuring that our clients’ basic necessities are met with dignity and respect.

3. Education and Employment: We believe education and gainful employment are key factors in breaking the cycle of homelessness. Our educational programs help individuals earn their high school diploma or GED, while our job readiness training equips them with essential skills for sustainable employment.

4. Mental and Physical Health: Daybreak offers comprehensive mental health counseling, substance abuse support, and access to medical care. We understand the importance of addressing the underlying issues that contribute to homelessness, ensuring our clients’ holistic well-being.

5. Life Skills and Personal Development: Through life skills workshops and individualized support, we empower our clients to develop essential life skills, such as budgeting, cooking, and maintaining healthy relationships. These tools help foster independence and long-term stability.

Volunteer Opportunities and Support:

At Daybreak Dayton, we firmly believe that ending homelessness requires collective effort. We encourage individuals, businesses, and organizations to get involved through volunteer opportunities, financial contributions, and in-kind donations. Together, we can make a significant impact in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, providing them with


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Our Mission

To provide Miami Valley homeless and vulnerable youth with services that promote safety, stability, and well-being.

Our Vision

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.

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