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Dayton Daily News Articles by Mary McCarty

Follow the links below to read Mary McCarty's newspaper articles about Daybreak youth. Daybreak kids learn life skills by baking pet treats Daybreak kids find many paths in independence Most have either run away from home or been ‘thrown away’ by family members. More runaways, homeless seek refuge in teen shelter Daybreak offers assistance to homeless youths adjusting to a life on their own. [...]

March 15th, 2016|News|

National Transitional Jobs Network Highlights Daybreak in a Blog Post

Learn to think smart. On July 11, 2014 the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) highlighted Daybreak in its blog, recognizing that Daybreak's been leading the way in the fight to end youth homelessness for over forty years. You can read the blog entry, titled "Holistic Services: A Recipe for Success in Helping Homeless Youth Get + Keep Jobs," here.

July 11th, 2014|News|

Daybreak and Ohio Capital Impact Corporation Partner to Make a Difference

My success is no accident. In 2013 the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, through its Carol Mount Peterson Resident Development Fund, awarded Daybreak $30,000 to provide wages for youth participating in an employment program. Lindy & Company, the employment program created by Daybreak, is a gourmet pet treat bakery where formerly homeless youth learn valuable work skills so they never have to be homeless again Read More [...]

March 15th, 2013|News|



Travis: 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 [...]

December 18th, 2019|Youth Stories|

Daybreak Changed My Life

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 [...]

August 4th, 2019|Youth Stories|



My life My fear My pain My tears My friends come When rough times come around They always do appear Never…will you get that Chance to put me down Never...will you have another chance to make me frown For I have become A person with inspiration That works hard under the presure As long as I believe in me I will continue to conquer All rough trials that may [...]

August 4th, 2019|Youth Poems|


They said I was born to fail… They said I would be mentally retarded and that my life was over before it had even started. They said that I would eventually end up in some type of institution that would have to give me ‘round the clock care with someone to wipe the drool off my chin as I absently sat there. They said a lot of things, and [...]

August 4th, 2019|Youth Poems|

Daybreak is My Friend

It all started when I got kicked out of my first apartment now I homeless and I have to sit down and think about it, falling down a hill that already started. Now I’m scared because I have nothing to eat, my body weight is starting to decrease and that don’t even fit me. Now I walkin’ around lookin’ at the shoes on my feet… I still got one [...]

August 4th, 2019|Youth Poems|

Thank You Daybreak

I just want to say thank you for all the things you helped me through Through all the stress, depression and all of the other stuff I’ve been through To say ‘Lonnie keep your head up’ and holding it for me And not letting go and pushing me ‘cause y’all was there for me Let me sit and think for a minute Daybreak was there for me when I [...]

August 4th, 2019|Youth Poems|


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 [...]

August 4th, 2019|Youth Poems|




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