Mike and Terry Bevis True advocates for Daybreak youth, today and in the future. “Daybreak is a gem of the Gem City,” said Daybreak donor and supporter Terry Bevis. While we agree with that statement, it is our donors, like Mike and Terry Bevis, who are the gems of Daybreak. 15 Years and Counting. Mike and Terry have been involved with Daybreak for fifteen years as donors and for twelve years as table captains at our annual fundraising event, Champions for Youth. “I like the opportunity to ask someone who doesn’t know a lot about Daybreak to come with [...]
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Article by Meredith Doench, originally published in The Buckeye Flame For nearly 50 years, the Dayton organization Daybreak has been serving homeless and at-risk youth. It was only a few years ago, however, that leadership recognized it could do more for a large portion of its population: the LGBTQ+ community. More than 28% of the young people Daybreak serves identify as LGBTQ+. In March 2021, Daybreak opened a drop-in center, David’s Place, for LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18 to 25. Open Monday through Friday, the facility offers access to showers, laundry facilities, meals, personal-care items and contraceptives, as well as assistance [...]
Early on Saturday, September 9, a vehicle struck the front entrance of our mail building at 605 South Patterson Boulevard, causing significant damage. Fortunately, nobody inside Daybreak was injured in this event. Due to the damage however, the front entrance to our 605 building is closed indefinitely, while our facilities team and outside partners can make repairs. All of our services, including our 24/7 emergency shelter for youths age 10-22 are open and operating normally. Visitors and staff are to enter the building in the rear entrance during this time, and security of our facilities maintains a priority despite these changes. [...]
For the second year in a row, locally owned craft pizza restaurant Old Scratch Pizza has provided Daybreak and David's Place at Daybreak with not only a sizeable monetary contribution, but also custom designed tees and tanks inspired by Pride month in Dayton. As part of the chain's popular "cones for a cause" event in June, customers and staff helped raise funds for Daybreak and it's unique programming for homeless and at-risk youth and young adults throughout the greater Dayton area. As part of this donation drive, customers also got the opportunity to purchase the specially designed merchandise to show their [...]
Recently we had a chance to host a luncheon for our Champions For Youth table captains, and invite them to meet our newest executive leaders as well as to provide their valuable feedback on how we can improve the event for years to come! In addition to the catered lunch and conversation, Daybreak staff were able to present table captains with a special commemorative lapel pin noting the number of years each captain had served. Wondering what a table captain is? Our biggest event of the year (Champions For Youth) relies on passionate supporters of Daybreak's mission to invite others to [...]
Dayton, OH - Daybreak Dayton, the Miami Valley's only emergency shelter for youth and young adults, is proud to announce that they have once again received the Silver Seal of Transparency from Candid. This recognition furthers Daybreak's commitment to positive stewardship and transparency with our supporter base. The Candid Silver Seal of Transparency is a recognition awarded by Candid (formerly GuideStar) to nonprofit organizations that meet certain standards of transparency. To earn a Silver Seal, an organization must provide the following information on its GuideStar profile: Basic organizational information, such as its name, tax ID number, and mailing address Program information, [...]
This June, Daybreak CEO Alisha Murray and David's Place director Josh Egeland were both featured prominently in an article produced by USA Today on the alarming trend of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQIA+ in significant numbers. The piece was a part of the publication's ongoing focus on Pride month in America. To read the full article, click here. One of the more emotional points in the article features the statistic that "more than half of homeless LGBTQ youths say they have been forced onto the streets because of hostility or abuse from parents over their gender identity or sexual orientation, providers [...]