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Musical Passion | Help a Foster Youth with Recording Software

Musical Passion | Help a Foster Youth with Recording Software

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 8/25/14

When the youth in our programs can find an interest, like music, and it becomes their passion we get really excited. Most of us know that music can be a great therapeutic tool for expressing emotions.  So of course CHOICES was excited to learn about Alex and his passion for music.

Alex started writing poetry in the 5th grade and won contest.  Winning the contest motivated him to keep writing poetry and in 6th grade he explored putting the poetry to different beats.  At age 16 Alex was placed in a group home, and the group home had a music studio. (How cool? Right?)  During this time he was able to practice making music more and more and begin to think about it as a potential career.

It certainly was fate…when Alex came to CHOICES the home he was placed in happened to also have a music studio.  Alex has been able to continue putting together his lyrics and beats and has purchased some equipment and software.  Alex shared with his caseworker that he loves doing music because he likes to share his story, and he is getting feedback he is inspiring others too!

Alex has performed at different parties, churches, radio stations and on blogs.  Alex has been saving money to purchase Propellerhead Reason 7, and we would love to help him reach his goal.  To donate to Alex’s love of music and help him continue to live his passion you can click here. 

Music has definitely had a positive influence on Alex’s life, and we want to see him continue to embrace his interest.  Any donations we receive we will purchase a gift card that he can put towards what he has saved for the software.

Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES, Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439  For Questions or more information please contact: Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, (937) 264-0084 ext.122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

Thank you for saying #Yes2ourKids

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Help 15 Year Old Eddie Play Football this Year

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*****Wish Fulfilled**** Thank you

 

We have another special #YesourKids request!  Eddie is 15 years old and will be playing football for a local High School.  He has been playing since he was 7 and even remembers the name of his first team.  Eddie wanted to play football because it was something his older brother did.

Eddie loves everything about football, he will be the starting middle backer for his team.  He aspires to play football in college and his family and friends can’t wait to watch him play this year.

We are raising money to help with Eddie’s play to pay fee which is over $400.  CHOICES is sharing the cost with Eddie’s foster parents and his county leaving our portion at $143.  We believe in Eddie and want to help him live his vision of playing college ball.

A generous donor has already given $100 towards Eddie’s fees through his ice bucket challenge competition. (We love to see people supporting local causes too)  We just have $43 to go to cover one of the monthly payments towards Eddie’s football experience this fall.  You can donate online by clicking here. 

We will update this post and all social media outlets when we reach our goal. It would be AWESOME if we could fulfill his wish by the end of today!

If you are interested in other forms of payment please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

Thank you for saying #Yes2ourKids

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Youth Need | Sibling Group Needs Help with Clothing

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 8/15/14

CHOICES will take gently used clothing donations, free of stains and tears, when we have a specified need for youth in our one of our programs.  We currently have a sibling group of four in our Home-Based Services program that needs assistance with clothing.  We do all we can to help our kids in circumstances like this, we have provided clothing pantry information to the parents and we are now asking for your support.

Justin, Jacob, Jasmine and Jeremy are all very happy kids, and they will be starting school soon. Their family is currently living with family friends and in the process of obtaining their own housing.  Each child only had one pair of shoes, and we have already had a generous donor drop off new shoes for the kids!

Below you will find each child’s size and interests, we will take gently used donations or you can donate online by clicking here.  With the online donations we will provide a gift card to walmart or target. (monetary donations would be especially helpful to get the kids things like socks and underwear)

Justin- Male, age 9.  Clothing size 9/10 Justin has a developmental delay. He loves cartoons, especially Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also likes to draw with his siblings.

Jacob – Male, age 6.  Clothing size 6/7 Jacob absolutely loves outdoors, he is a natural nature explorer. He likes to look at trees, flowers and birds.  He is also teaching his younger sister to ride her bike.

Jasmine – Female, age 4. Clothing size 4T Jasmine loves Disney movies and playing dress up to be a princess.  She is learning to ride her bike with Jacob. She also likes to play with dolls and pretend to care for them and cook.

Jeremy – Male, age 3. Clothing size 3T  Jeremy loves to eat! He likes cartoons and likes any toy that he can push or pull. He has a caterpillar toy he drags everywhere!

All four kids are always smiling and happy when their caseworker visits them, despite a difficult living situation.  They would appreciative of any support you can provide.

Donations can be dropped off at our Dayton office: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439 during regular business hours. Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

For questions please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

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We’re Hiring | Full Time Social Workers and Therapists

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 8/12/14

CHOICES, Inc.  is growing, and we are looking for qualified social workers and therapists to work in our Dayton and Cincinnati office.  Now is the time to join our dedicated team of professionals.

We currently have an opening for a Licensed Social Worker in our Foster Care program in the Dayton Area.  Worker will be responsible for providing case management services to foster youth and their foster families, CPST, developing service and treatment plans for each youth.  Click here to apply now and for a full job description.

There is also an opening for a Licensed Social Worker in Cincinnati with our Foster Care program.  Worker will have the same responsibilities mentioned above.  Click here to apply now and for a full job description.

There are also two full time positions and one part time position available in our Home-Based Services program. We are in need of three Therapist/Social-Workers to work with at risk youth and their families. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, challenging youth and families and various mental health disorders. All programs are community based and family focused allowing for work alongside families in their homes and with our partners in the community. Click here to apply now and to see licensure requirements. Unlicensed candidates should not apply.

CHOICES offers a supportive and energetic work environment. Full time benefits include the following:

  • Medical, dental, disability and life insurance available
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Flexible scheduling

Say Yes to our Kids and join the CHOICES team today!

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Our Kids Need You! Help Youth in Foster Care with School Supplies

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 7/31/14

Pic for appeal Our Kids Need You! Help Youth in Foster Care with School Supplies

 

This school year we urgently need to ensure foster kids are prepared on day 1… but we can’t do it without you.

Foster kids like Noah , who just entered foster care this past summer need your help. Noah has adjusted to his foster parents and siblings but will be starting a new school this year. Being a teenager Noah has fears…will anyone talk to me? What if I don’t make friends? Will my classes be hard? What do I bring on the first day?

You can help alleviate some of the fears Noah, and many of our kids are experiencing by helping them be prepared by donating school supplies. A new book bag will go a long way to help Noah be ready to approach the start of school with confidence.

In July we had over 250 youth in our programs and we want to make sure they are ready for school. Your donation of $50 will ensure that a child will receive a book bag filled with supplies. Your generosity can help widen the smile of a child on their first day. Donate now to help fill those book bags by clicking here.

Join us in Saying Yes to our Kids, and help them be prepared on day 1 of the school year. We have compiled a list of the most needed items for teenagers, our largest population.

1. New backpacks
2. 1,3 or 5 subject notebooks
3. Black, blue and red pens (list continued on back)
4. #2 pencils, mechanical and regular
5. Highlighters
6. 1 inch binders
7. Dividers (for binders)
8. Book covers
9. Loose leaf college ruled paper
10. Graphing calculators (TI 84plus) or scientific calculators*
*Many kids are in High School and are required to have a graphing calculator for math and science class. We do our best to help minimize the cost to our parents, especially those with multiple teens in the home. Please consider a monetary donation to help provide the specific calculator a child needs

We can only help our kids be prepared with your support! Help us reach our goal of providing at least 100 kids supplies this school year. Your in-kind donation of new supplies or monetary donation will be greatly appreciated by Noah, Shelby, Shama, Leticia and many more kids in our programs.

We’ve made it super easy, you can donate online by clicking here. If you would like to purchase new supplies on your own for our kids or organize a supply drive with your office, business or church we would love that too! Contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com to arrange pick up and drop off.

School is starting soon, send in your donation today but no later than August 20, 2014. Donations can also be mailed to our office: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439.

Thank you for believing in CHOICES and our mission to serve kids and families.

 

 

 

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