Facts for Media

Daybreak changes lives and creates futures for homeless and vulnerable youth, ages 10-24. Founded in 1975 as an emergency shelter, Daybreak now serves close to 800 youth every year in the following ways: 

  • Emergency Shelter. Our 24-bed emergency shelter is open 24/7 for youth ages 10-21. We provide youth with a safe place to sleep, three meals a day, and nutritious snacks. We also provide personal care items, clothing, and bus fare for transportation to school and/or work, among other services.

  • Housing Program. Daybreak’s housing 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.This program is designed to teach youth how to become independent and become contributing members of society. Our 54 apartments have a steady flow of youth entering and exiting the program. Youth can participate in the program for up to two years.

  • Mental Health Services. Our licensed counselors provide Daybreak youth with individual, family, and group counseling as well as AOD and recovery services. Daybreak is also well-networked with other mental health providers in the Miami Valley in the event that a client’s needs can’t be met by Daybreak staff.

  • Employment Services. Daybreak’s employment program helps Daybreak youth develop the skills necessary to get and keep jobs. In addition, youth have the opportunity to participate in Supported Employment, Individual Placement and Supports programming to find the best match for their employment preferences.

  • Lindy’s Bakery. Daybreak’s gourmet dog treat bakery and transitional job program, provides Daybreak youth with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a supportive environment.

Assets for Media

Our development office team is happy to assist you with interviews, campus visits and general inquiries. Please contact Joan Schiml, Chief Development Officer, at SchimlJ@DaybreakDayton.org or 937-395-4600, x114. Due to the nature of our services, Daybreak does not provide photos of or direct access to any Daybreak youth.