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Today we are going to give you a peek inside our Independent Living (IL) program, share a BIG NEED we have for our kids in this program, and ways you can help!
Our IL program helps young people 17-21 transition away from foster care towards becoming independent young adults. When they are referred to us they go through an interview process to determine if they are a good fit for the program. If all goes well (and it usually does) they will be placed in our IL program.
When a youth is placed with us we provide them an affordable FULLY FURNISHED apartment in a chosen location. The location part is important, they will need to be close to a bus line to get to school and/or work. Most of the time we can furnish the apartment with quality gently used furniture donations we receive from the community. We always buy a new mattress and supply them with appropriate household items and cleaning supplies. (the 12 days of Christmas baskets made a huge difference in our cleaning supply costs)
We have a lot of referrals and interviews lined up and believe we will be placing a lot of young people in this program over the next few months. We need your help to collect more donations, so when a youth comes to us they will find a welcoming apartment.
Here is how you can help, call us if you have these items to donate: (We will arrange pick up!)
- Couch/Loveseats (no sofabeds)
- Coffee table/end tables
- TV Stands
- TVs under 27″ if a box tv
- Dining room table and chairs (these are hard to come by)
To arrange a pick up please contact Robert Bruce at (937) 264-0884 ext. 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider sharing with your friends, and your church. We have found that if we can share this need during a service, in a church newsletter or on a community board we usually get a lot of calls. We accept these donations year round, and they help us keep our cost down and allow for us to invest our money in other aspects of the program.
This week we are all busy prepping for Thanksgiving, and getting ready to get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas spirit started months ago here at CHOICES, and we are VERY THANKFUL for all of your who are supporting our annual Christmas drive to make the season brighter for our kids and families. We have close to 20 community partners that are making this year THE BEST CHRISTMAS YET.
We will have Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then our most favorite of all #givingtuesday We are asking you to get involved (if you aren’t already or have extra to give) in supporting our kids and programs. You all meet needs year round, but we know this time of year everyone is feeling extra cheerful to help others. Here is how you can get involved and support #givingtuesday
- Donate Online towards your favorite program by clicking here
- Give $25 to provide a Christmas meal to a family in need
- Fulfill one of the wish list items below for a foster youth or local family in need (Our Home-Based Services program)
Austin, Male age 16, $25 hot topic gift card or Visa Gift Card
Joe H., Male age 14, $25 Visa Gift Card
Daniel M., Male age 2, LOVES Mickey Mouse
Jason M., Male age 11, Xbox sports game
Michael, Male age 16, $25 Dayton Mall Gift Card
Family Need: dishes, crock pot, nice pot and pan set
Family Need: pot and pan set, towels, pillow cases, blankets
Samantha, Female age 17, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing
Suzanne, Female age 15, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing
Family Need: Towels, hand towels, cleaning supplies, dishes
Family Need: Vacuum cleaner
Damarion, Male Age 14, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing
Avant, Male Age 12, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing
Akashi, Male age 11, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing
Tyshawn, Male age 10, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing
Kaesha, Female age 14, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing
Family Need: Cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, kitchen utensils
Family Need: Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, towels, gas card
This is perfect for a weekend of deal shopping!If interested in granting a specific wish or sponsoring a Christmas Meal please contact Ashley via email email@example.com or phone (937) 264-0084 ext. 122. She can also answer any questions.
Remember we are a 501(c)(3) all donations are tax deductible, we are a BBB accredited charity, and your support directly benefits local kids and families!
From time to time we have an urgent need with one of our kids, and we do our best to fulfill a void in the lives of our young people. We only do this with your support, and we have an important request today.
Elizabeth is in our Independent Living program and came to us with old and very worn clothes. Since then she has out grown the clothes, but did receive some support from her county to purchase new ones. Since Elizabeth needed all the basics and everyday clothes it didn’t get her much. She currently has one small laundry basket of clothes and is in need of some more.
One of the requirements for our IL program is that our youth find and maintain a job, and not having the appropriate clothing is hindering her opportunities. Elizabeth could really use $150 gift card to Wal-mart for her caseworker to take her shopping and get appropriate clothing. Having new clothing would also be a confidence boost for this young lady as she struggles with the transition and finding employment.
This is where we need your help, whether it is one generous person or many that come together we want to help Elizabeth out in this time of need. It’s simple… if six people could donate $25 we could make sure this young lady is prepared.
You can easily donate online via our website here. Any donations that come in over the next couple days we will make sure go to helping Elizabeth get clothing.
You can also mail checks or Wal-mart gift cards to our office: 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439
Contact Ashley Schiffer with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.
We are getting very excited to kick off the Holiday season for our kids! It is only because of your support that we can continue to provide incredible memories for our kids in foster care, those aging out and for the last few years families in need.
You make their wishes come true by sponsoring the parties, and providing individual gifts (approximately $25) to every child in foster care. This year we want to spread the word and get others involved – please help us make this The Best Christmas Yet!
Below we have included general information about our giving tree and Christmas parties. We are looking for individuals, businesses, organizations and others who are interested in helping local children in the Dayton and Cincinnati region!
To be matched with an individual child, find out more about specific needs or if you have any questions contact: Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or email@example.com
From time to time we get an urgent need from our Home-Based Program. Do you know about this program? Our staff works with families during times of crisis to keep the family together.
Lezley is a 16 year old mom to 1 year old Serenity, and they need your help. Lezley is a very good and attentive mother but needs help with clothing for the fall and winter. As well as age appropriate toys for Serenity.
We know it is that time of year when everyone starts to get ready for a visit from Santa – Mom and Dad usually sort through toys to make room for new. Children have outgrown clothes from last year and will need new sizes. Your help is needed to help connect these people to us to help Lezley and Serenity.
Here is what they need:
- Girl’s clothing size 12 months – 2T
- developmentally age appropriate toys (a toddler push and walk toy would be great!)
- Monetary or gift card donation
If you can help please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; donations can also be dropped off at our Dayton Office – 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439 – Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm