Combined Campaign


About Daybreak

Daybreak was established in 1975 in Dayton, Ohio as an emergency shelter for runaway children and teens. Today, Daybreak has grown to include shelter, housing, outreach, employment, and mental health services for runaway, throwaway, and homeless youth and young adults in the Miami Valley region. Daybreak is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


A safe home for every child.


To eliminate youth homelessness in the Miami Valley through comprehensive and results-oriented programs that provide safety and stability for runaway, troubled, and homeless youth.

What We Do

Each year, Daybreak serves over 500 youth who are homeless or in crisis through has four core programs:

  • Daybreak operates the region’s only emergency shelter, open 24/7, for youth ages 10 to 20. Daybreak provides shelter, food, clothing, counseling, safety, and stability to more than 300 youth each year.
  • Daybreak’s housing program is the region’s only program designed to move homeless youth ages 18 to 24 out of homelessness, poverty, under-education, and crisis and into housing, financial independence, educational achievement, and self-sufficiency.
  • Daybreak’s street outreach program provides youth who are couch-hopping or living on street with food, necessities, and advice while helping them find a safe place to live.
  • Daybreak's employment program helps Daybreak youth develop the skills necessary to get and keep jobs. In addition, youth have the opportunity to participate in Supported Employment, Individual Placements and Supports programming to find the best match for their employment preferences. Lindy & Company, Daybreak’s pet treat bakery and transitional job program, provides Daybreak youth with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a supportive environment.

Giving and Getting Involved

What does my dollar do?

With your donation to Daybreak, you help ensure that at-risk, troubled, and homeless youth and young adults in the Dayton region have a place to turn for help and guidance, which reduces the liklihood that they become homeless adults. Daybreak donors are changing lives and creating futures. 

How can I get involved?

  • Make a Donation.
  • Register your Kroger Plus card in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and choose Daybreak as your charity of choice (our Kroger ID is 83778). Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for Daybreak every time you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card. Kroger will send Daybreak a quarterly donation based on the amount spent by participating customers.
  • Sign up for Dorothy Lane Market’s Good Neighbor Program and choose Daybreak as your charity of choice (our Charity ID is 261). Every time you shop at DLM and scan your Club DLM card, Daybreak will be “credited” with your purchase. At the end of the year, DLM will send Daybreak a donation based on the amount spent by participating customers. Join Club DLM or enroll in the Good Neighbor Program online or in person at any DLM store.
  • Donate items from our Wish List.
  • Attend our Champions for Youth fundraiser, held the first week in November. No charge to attend, but you'll be asked to consider making a donation during the program.
  • Attend Twilight on The Greene, our fall gala held at Brio Tuscan Grille in The Greene Town Center. Bring a friend or two with you!