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Youth Need | Help Destiny Prepare for her Job Interview

Youth Need | Help Destiny Prepare for her Job Interview

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 2/26/15

We all know that first impressions, especially for job interviews, are very important! CHOICES works with our youth in Independent Living  to prepare them as best we can for their interviews.  Destiny has a pretty big opportunity coming up, and our team is working hard to make sure she is prepared.

One thing holding Destiny back is getting her hair cut and styled. She has expressed an interest in getting an updated professional look, but doesn’t have the extra funds to do so. Destiny is an African American young lady and is looking to get her hair relaxed, trimmed and styled prior to her big day. She would love to talk to a stylist about the best way to maintain her hair and what her options are for the future should she get the job.

We would love to help Destiny prepare for this big day and have found a local stylist willing to give her an update at a reduced cost.  Today we are asking for you to help us raise $55 to help Destiny be interview ready in a few weeks! This gesture will help build her self confidence.

Donate easily online by clicking here. We can also accept checks made payable to CHOICES and mailed to 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439. If you have questions please contact Ashley Schiffer at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.

Destiny will be starting Sinclair in a few weeks and hopes to transfer to Kettering College to become an Ultra-Sound Technician. She likes music, reading, watching movies and horse back riding.



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Furniture Donations Needed | Help Youth Transition from Foster Care

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furniture 300x225 Furniture Donations Needed | Help Youth Transition from Foster Care

This time of year is a BIG donation pick up time for CHOICES, your furniture and household donations will benefit our youth “aging out” of foster care.  Each year CHOICES furnishes about 10 new apartments for youth ages 17-21 that are placed in our Independent Living program. Independent Living helps kids transition to young adulthood with additional support from our dedicated staff. Not only do we fully furnish an apartment we also have weekly visits, and provide life skills training.  At any given time CHOICES has 25 – 30 young people in this program.

We will gladly accept your good condition furniture and household items and we will even pick them up at your home on our scheduled pick up days.  We have designated March 23 and April 20 as pick up days. Please make sure items are free of tears, stains and pet odor.

The following are a list of furniture donations we can accept:

  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Sofas, loveseats and chairs
  • Coffee and end tables
  • Dressers and nightstands
  • TV’s no larger than 27″ (must have antenna input)
  • Desks
  • TV Stands
  • Bookcases
  • Headboards or bed frames (twin-full)
  • Lamps
  • Kitchen and household items


Unfortunately we cannot accept the following items:

  • Large entertainment centers
  • Sofabeds
  • Mattresses
  • Previously used towels & linens, clothing

If you have items to donate please call us at (937) 264-0084 or email Robert Bruce at  Small items can be dropped off at our office, 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439.

Thank you for saying #Yes2ourKids and helping them start this new journey!




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Youth Need | Medical Safety Helmet

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 1/8/15

This week we need your support to help provide a safety helmet for one of our young girls in our foster care program.  Jashlyne is a sweet and affectionate  10 year old.  She has been diagnosed by a geneticist with 1p36 Deletion Syndrome.  The syndrome can include: severe intellectual disability, seizures, structural abnormalities of the brain and weak muscle tone.  Most individuals, including Jashlyne, do not speak or only speak a few words.

Because of her syndrome Jashlyne has very limited communication skills that interfere with peer interaction.  As you can imagine not being able to verbalize your needs, feeling and emotion leads to frustration.  Jashlyne gets frustrated easily and has outbursts that cause self injury, its is why she needs this special helmet.  Her school is requiring her get a helmet for her safety, she was previously provided one that the county paid for. It was not sturdy enough for her outbursts and cracked.

This week we want to provide Jashlyne the helmet she needs to be safe at school, and we are asking you to help.  The full coverage helmet costs $145.95 and we would love to raise the money by the end of the day Friday to order her new helmet! You can donate easily online by clicking here. (Please select Youth Need under designation)

Jashlyne has been learning sign language to help communicate, and it is helping some with her outbursts.  She loves music and to dress up, her favorite thing to wear is different hats.  Jashlyne loves to give hugs and smiles a lot – she is a very happy young girl. Jashlyne also does play appropriately with her peer group despite her syndrome. We just need to make sure she is safe in all environments with a new helmet.

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or

We can also accept donations by check mailed to our office, please call or email Ashley to make her aware of your intended donation so we can order Jashlyne’s helmet as soon as possible! Our office address is: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439.

Thank you for saying #Yes2ourKids and helping Jashlyne.

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Help Needed | Looking for 4 ft Trees & Decorations

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 12/4/14

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If you have been following CHOICES on Facebook you have seen that this is a very exciting time of year for our kids and families. Just today we have uncovered a new request from our kids…and we need your help.

Nearly all of our young people in Independent Living have requested a small Christmas tree for their apartment.  Showing acts of kindness and caring to the youth in this program between Thanksgiving and Christmas is so important.  Many are removed from any family contact and struggle with the feeling of loneliness during a season where the focus on family connections. For the first time ever we are making it our mission to provide a small Christmas tree to every kid who has expressed an interest.

What do we need? Twenty 4 ft Christmas trees with decorations.

Here is how you can help: Purchase a pre-lit 4 ft Christmas tree (and lights if not pre-lit). Also, provide your favorite decorations with your donation.  In a way we think of it as your sharing some of your family traditions with our young people.  Whether you are a garland and red bulb kind of person, or ribbon and snowflake ornaments. 

Please also consider sharing a holiday greeting or word of encouragement to the young recipient of your generosity. 

When one of our kids gets home in the evening from work or school, he will have a cozy Christmas apartment to come home to. This small gesture can help fill a big void kids in our program often experience.

Donations can be dropped off at our office Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm at our office on Big Hill Road. The sooner, the better so we can get the decorations to our young people. (Please no later December 16th) You are also welcome to give your donation to a CHOICE staff member to bring in, if that is more convenient.  IF you want to help and prefer to donate online click here. 

Questions? Contact Ashley Schiffer at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.

Let’s Deck the Halls for our Independent Living kids!!

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#GivingTuesday | Give Opportunity to Foster Kids

posted by: aschiffer | Sunday 11/30/14

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The CHOICES family loves this time of year for our kids and families. You all so generously surround them with caring and love, by providing gifts, meals, winter coats and much needed household items.  You help to remind the kids we serve that this time of year is filled with joy, promise and hope.

The truth is, that year round we strive to share with our kids that there is a future filled with joy, promise and hope. Your donation today will help them see the light of the future.

Your promise of opportunity will help the young man who wants to play baseball in the spring, but hasn’t ever been able to. In the past there was no one to help him get to practice, or there were no funds for him to buy cleats and a glove.  With your support we can tell him YES, you can try baseball this spring!

Your gift of hope will help a young lady struggling with depression, she loves music and it has become a healthy way for her share her feelings. Because of you we can tell her YES, we can provide music lessons for you to learn how to play guitar.

We have a vision for our kids and that is to say YES we can help you achieve that dream.  For many it will be the first time to be afforded such wonderful opportunities. It is these moments that can help shape such a wonderful path to their future, a path that they once couldn’t imagine.

To easily donate online now your favorite program or opportunity please click here.  Your one time gift, quarterly or monthly donation will go towards a “Youth Need” to provide special opportunities in 2015.

Donations can also be mailed to our office: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439

For questions or more specific designations (ex. sports, music etc.) please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at or (937)264-0084 ext. 122

Thank you for saying #Yes2OurKids for the upcoming year!

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