Daybreak publishes its Horizons newsletter twice a year. You can read highlights from recent newsletters in the posts below.

You can read PDF flipbooks of entire newsletters by clicking a link below.

September 2020 Horizons

February 2019 Horizons

June 2018 Horizons

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Finding his voice and making sense of suffering


How one Daybreak youth uses music composition to realize a higher purpose The noonday sun streams in through a corner window. The sound of rhythmic and measured inhales and exhales fills the room. The instructor calls out cues for breathing and moving. A young man in the corner responds with ease and graceful movements. His audible breathing sets the pace for everyone else. Meet Da’Marcus. The 24-year-old yogi who has been practicing yoga since elementary school with the help of PBS. The yoga class he attends now is at Daybreak. Homeless since age 10 and evicted 13 times, Da’Marcus [...]

Finding his voice and making sense of suffering2020-09-08T11:55:15-04:00

From watching on the sidelines to leading the group


How one Daybreak youth found his self-confidence In September 2019 we sat down to chat with 23-year-old Travis. As you read, keep in mind that donors, through their gifts, play an important roll in Travis' life. Daybreak: How did you hear about Daybreak? Travis: I was 14 years old and in foster care. Greene County Children Services took foster kids on a tour of Daybreak. I found myself needing Daybreak after I turned 18. What happened that you needed Daybreak? I was supposed to move in with my mother, but she died. I had a falling out with my father. [...]

From watching on the sidelines to leading the group2020-09-03T13:54:56-04:00

Walter, Dana, Nick: three reasons to watch Daybreak’s heartwarming video


See for yourself the impact your generosity has on our youth We know your time is precious. Even so, we we hope you're able to spare eight minutes to watch our video. When you watch, you'll get a glimpse of how your generosity helps our kids. You'll know without a doubt that your donations are put to good work. Walter says his whole life was changed. "I never knew what love really was because I never had it," he tells us. At Daybreak, Walter found out what love feels like. Dana talks about the encouraging people at Daybreak. People who [...]

Walter, Dana, Nick: three reasons to watch Daybreak’s heartwarming video2020-09-03T14:03:35-04:00

Daybreak youth soars to success


Jasmine, 21 years old with sparkling brown eyes and a mile-wide smile, was kind enough to share her Daybreak experience at our Champions for Youth breakfast and luncheon fundraisers in November 2015. Jasmine delivered her remarks with confidence, greatly impressing the almost 500 guests in attendance. In March 2012, shortly before turning 18, Jasmine had to leave home. She stayed with various friends and relatives at first. After graduating from high school that May, she headed to St. Vincent’s shelter for homeless women. While at St. Vincent’s, Jasmine was surprised to learn that that Daybreak could help her. Though she’d [...]

Daybreak youth soars to success2020-09-03T14:06:39-04:00

Daybreak support system vital to youth success


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 [...]

Daybreak support system vital to youth success2020-09-03T14:09:03-04:00

Daybreak youth lands job at local grocery


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 [...]

Daybreak youth lands job at local grocery2020-09-03T14:10:28-04:00

Daybreak kids learn life skills by baking pet treats


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 [...]

Daybreak kids learn life skills by baking pet treats2020-09-03T14:13:26-04:00

Youth looks forward to bright future


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 [...]

Youth looks forward to bright future2020-09-03T14:16:14-04:00

Number of older teens seeking help soars


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 [...]

Number of older teens seeking help soars2020-09-03T14:19:38-04:00

Youth speaker impresses fundraiser guests


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 [...]

Youth speaker impresses fundraiser guests2020-09-03T14:22:33-04:00


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