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Daybreak Earns Second Annual CARF Quality Conformance Seal


Being CARF accredited is a mark of excellence. We get accredited every 3 years but in between, there are conformance measures, and we add a seal each year until the next accreditation. CARF, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an international, independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Its mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. As a nonprofit homeless shelter, obtaining CARF accreditation can have several significant implications for Daybreak: Quality Assurance: CARF certification ensures that [...]

Daybreak Earns Second Annual CARF Quality Conformance Seal2024-01-31T11:11:12-05:00

Staying Warm and Safe in Dayton’s Winter: A Comprehensive Guide for Our Homeless Youth and Young Adults


Staying Warm and Safe in Dayton's Winter: A Comprehensive Guide for Our Homeless Youth and Young Adults Date: 1/17/2024 Author: JT Szabo, Associate Director of Development & Communication   "Winter is a dangerous time for anyone facing homelessness, but youth are even more at risk" As the winter chill descends upon Dayton, Ohio, it brings with it the harsh reality for those without a stable place to call home. For us here at Daybreak, we understand the unique challenges faced by homeless youth and young adults during these cold months. After all, we've been operating the region's ONLY youth and young [...]

Staying Warm and Safe in Dayton’s Winter: A Comprehensive Guide for Our Homeless Youth and Young Adults2024-01-17T15:56:16-05:00

Embracing New Beginnings: Essential New Year Tips for Youth Facing Housing Challenges


"Discover essential New Year tips and supportive resources for youth and young adults navigating housing insecurity or homelessness. Daybreak is committed to providing a helping hand as you step into 2024 with renewed hope." As the New Year unfolds, it brings with it an opportunity for fresh starts and new beginnings, especially for youth and young adults grappling with housing insecurity or homelessness. Daybreak Dayton is dedicated to guiding you through these challenges with supportive resources and helpful tips to make 2024 a year of positive transformation and empowerment. Setting Realistic Goals Start your year by setting achievable and meaningful goals. [...]

Embracing New Beginnings: Essential New Year Tips for Youth Facing Housing Challenges2024-01-09T14:38:20-05:00

Celebrating Kwanzaa: A Beacon of Hope for Dayton’s Homeless Community


Happy Kwanzaa from our family at Daybreak! In the heart of winter, when the festive spirit envelops Ohio, Kwanzaa emerges as a celebration not just of African-American heritage, but also of community values and hope. Particularly in Dayton, Ohio, this cultural festival transcends mere celebration, touching the lives of many, including those without homes. Understanding Kwanzaa Kwanzaa, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, is more than a holiday. It's a cultural observance that honors African-American heritage and culture. Rooted in African traditions, it was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an African-American professor, and activist. Central to Kwanzaa are [...]

Celebrating Kwanzaa: A Beacon of Hope for Dayton’s Homeless Community2023-12-26T13:53:15-05:00

Donor Profiles: Mile Two


Downtown corporate neighbor, Mile Two, goes the extra mile for homeless youth “We want to help spread the word about Daybreak because a lot of people don’t know what Daybreak does or who they help.” Mark Fogel, Learning and Development Manager at Mile Two   Founded in 2015 in Dayton, Ohio, as a small start-up, Mile Two builds custom software to solve complex problems using effective human-machine teams. Their clients include the U.S. government, start-ups, and even Fortune 500 companies.  While Mile Two doesn’t need to have a large presence within the community to run their business, they have made the [...]

Donor Profiles: Mile Two2023-10-03T11:25:46-04:00

Donor Profile: Physician’s Charitable Foundation


Physicians’ Charitable Foundation: Supporting Daybreak youth since 1996. Rental assistance. David’s Place. Bullet proof glass. Formula and diapers for new moms. These are just a few of the ways that Physicians’ Charitable Foundation of the Miami Valley has supported homeless youth at Daybreak in the last 20+ years. Since its beginning in 1983, PCF has had a focus on health care needs and at-risk populations. This group of compassionate physicians has awarded over $12 million to area nonprofits. Fifteen local physicians serve on the Advisory Board, with Gerri Sheehan acting as the current executive director. “As a pediatric nurse, I regularly [...]

Donor Profile: Physician’s Charitable Foundation2023-10-03T10:25:38-04:00

Meet Daybreak’s New CEO, Alisha Murray


Meet Daybreak’s new CEO Alisha Murray Inspired by helping youth realize they deserve better. This spring, the Daybreak Board of Trustees appointed Alisha Murray as Daybreak’s new Chief Executive Officer. While this is a new role for Alisha, Alisha has been a part of Daybreak in various roles since 2007. She boasts an impressive background with leadership, administrative, and direct care service at non-profit organizations within the Miami Valley area with a focus on human services, children, and youth. Read on to learn more about Alisha and her thoughts on homeless youth. Daybreak: How does your direct care background, and working [...]

Meet Daybreak’s New CEO, Alisha Murray2023-10-03T10:21:09-04:00

Donor Stories: Ron & Robb Anderson


Robb Sloan Anderson and Ron Anderson Making it their mission to get the word out about David’s Place. “Everyone knows about Daybreak, but many people still don’t know about David’s Place, but they will,” says David’s Place founding donor and Daybreak’s newest board member, Robb Sloan Anderson. David’s Place founding donors Robb and Ron Anderson are doing just that—spreading the word about Daybreak’s newest program, David’s Place and spreading awareness about homeless LGBTQ+ youth. “David’s Place hits near to my heart because when I was a young adult, I was homeless because my parents threw me out of the [...]

Donor Stories: Ron & Robb Anderson2023-10-03T10:12:59-04:00

Daybreak Donor Stories – Shawn Elrod (Landlord)


  Daybreak Landlord, Shawn Elrod, Makes A Big Impact On The Lives of Homeless Youth “Having my own children made me more empathetic and made me want to help.” Imagine your daily sleeping arrangement rotating from a friend’s couch to an unlocked car, to a parking garage. You can’t remember the last time you had a home or a bed. You forget what it feels like to live in a comfortable and safe place. This is the experience of many Daybreak youth. But Daybreak’s transitional housing program helps youth find another way. This program allows the youth to live [...]

Daybreak Donor Stories – Shawn Elrod (Landlord)2023-10-02T10:17:02-04:00

Robert Vysther, Daybreak’s Longest Consecutive Year Donor: 27 years and counting.


Robert Vysther—Daybreak’s Longest Consecutive Year Donor---27 years and counting. “I had an opportunity to help and I did,” says Robert Vysther. It seems like a simple statement, but what some may not know is Robert has made a tremendous impact on homeless youth for twenty-seven years! Robert is Daybreak’s longest consecutive year donor. Naturally, we wanted to get to know Robert and learn why he cares so much about helping homeless youth. Robert first learned about Daybreak in 1997 when he saw a Daybreak display at a Barnes & Noble store. Robert was impressed by the display and took [...]

Robert Vysther, Daybreak’s Longest Consecutive Year Donor: 27 years and counting.2023-09-26T16:00:54-04:00


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