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 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

David’s Place: a beacon of hope at Daybreak


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 [...]

David’s Place: a beacon of hope at Daybreak2023-09-12T14:11:56-04:00

605 Main Entrance Closed


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. [...]

605 Main Entrance Closed2023-09-11T14:14:15-04:00

Locally Owned Pizza Chain Gives Back In More Ways Than One


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 [...]

Locally Owned Pizza Chain Gives Back In More Ways Than One2023-07-22T00:23:18-04:00


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