Am I deranged, in my mind i'm stuck lookin 4 change, & not the kind in a cup not the kind in a fountain, & I have no fear it's like i'm climbing this mountain, & have no gear it's like i'm back at church, with all these confessions & man it really hurts, so much depression followed by agression, Nothin but hate Was a hard lesson, that i must vacate So many Troubles, most i can't name & the stress only doubles, blook burst in her brain things will never be the same, something i must accept Still lookin [...]
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There is an old saying that goes: “What doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger…” So just call me Hercules. In my 19 years of life’s experiences, I have endured more obstacles than the average person has in an entire lifetime. My life first took a drastic change at the age of 9, when I entered the foster care system. I remember my initial reaction as being one of relief and nervousness. I was relieved because foster care was an opportunity for me to escape a childhood where I didn’t know what drama to expect from day to day. [...]
Daybreak’s Coffee House continues to give our young clients opportunities to express themselves. Starting in January, poetry was a focus at Coffee House gatherings, with the goal of hosting a poetry competition—commonly known as a poetry slam—at the end of March. Each week at Coffee House, the kids read or recited their original poems and were judged by their peers. This audition process narrowed the field to 10 finalists. On the evening of March 25, Coffee House presented its first-ever poetry slam to an enthusiastic audience of Daybreak clients and employees. The panel of three judges included J. Thomas Maultsby, [...]
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. While in therapy at Daybreak, James expressed a need to see his mother, and our counselors agreed it would aid the healing process. James had a job but, at minimum wage, couldn't afford a bus ticket. By excelling in the Daybreak Dollars program, James [...]
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. Alexis, now 20 years [...]
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 [...]
Shalonda, 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. You can bet Shalonda wasn't feeling too positive the day she was kicked out of the house. She was a high school senior at Stivers School for the Arts. Fortunately, she found her way to Daybreak's emergency youth shelter and immediately applied for our housing program. Since [...]
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 [...]
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. In our employment classroom, Daybreak staff teach valuable work-related skills such as how to find job opportunities, communicate with others on the job, and remain calm in stressful situations. After completing the required employement classes, Megan started work at [...]
Thanks 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 [...]