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Specific Household Items Needed | Mother Reunifying with Children

Specific Household Items Needed | Mother Reunifying with Children

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 6/30/15

We are looking for some specific items to help a mother reunify with her children in July or August.  CHOICES has a program called Family Preservation. CHOICES specifically works with Mom, Dad or both to connect the parent to resources in the community. The parent then also works to meet goals with a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

One of our Mom’s is close to reaching her goal of reunification. Right now they are in the custody of the Grandmother.  Mom has leniency with visits and will be going to court later this month to determine custody.

We would like to help her with some of the key items needed to create a welcoming home environment for the kids. It is our hope that our supporters have some of these items waiting to find a new home, or would be willing to purchase or donate funds for us to get what she needs.

Here is what we are looking for according to each of her kids:

6 year old girl:

  • Sheets for twin bed
  • Floor Lamp
  • Size 8 clothing and size 13 shoes (gently used is fine)
  • Box spring for twin bed
  • Curtains and curtain rod


9 year old boy:

  • Sheets for twin bed and comforter
  • Floor Lamp
  • Size boys XL or men’s small clothing and size 2 shoe (gently used is fine)
  • Curtains and curtain rod


Other household needs:

  • Shower Curtain
  • Bathroom rug
  • Trash can for bathroom
  • Cleaning supplies: broom, mop & bucket, floor cleaning product, general cleaners, sponges, dish soap


If you can help with these items please contact Ashley Schiffer at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.  If you wish to donate online you can do so by clicking here. (for designation please choose home-based services)

The CHOICES caseworker will work with Mom and the kids to get them all involved in cleaning and setting up weekly chores.

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Dayton Photographer Needed for Senior Pictures

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 6/25/15

UPDATE: Wow in just a few hours last night we received MANY volunteers to offer their services. We are so happy to help Megan, and many of you offered to help other kids in a variety of ways! All the information will go to Megan’s caseworker and hopefully we can work next week to make a decision. Thank you a million times over for reaching out. This is proof that the Miami Valley has a big heart!


We are in search of a local photographer, in the Dayton area, who would be willing to donate their talents and time to help one of our foster youth with senior pictures.

Youth in foster care often go without the milestones of senior year, whether it is senior pictures, class rings, graduation parties and the list goes on.  CHOICES is dedicated to helping them experience it all by saying #Yes2ourKids.

We are hoping a photographer will step forward to help Megan with the missing piece of senior pictures. Megan has been in care with us for almost 9 years, she is a great young lady that has achieved so much. Originally from Darke county she has adjusted well to her foster home and school.

Megan has participated in Orchestra and just recently made Symphony. She works very hard to maintain good grades. Her plans after High School include going to Sinclair for two years and transferring to Wright State University to major in Criminal Justice. Megan was recently accepted to Camp Joy’s Counselor in Training Program this summer.  This is perfect for her because she is a positive role model for other foster youth who need someone to look up for.

If you are interested in donating your services to Megan (or perhaps other foster youth who will be seniors) please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122. 

Please note that due to confidentiality of our youth photographs you take will not be able to be shared publicly on facebook or social media. We will be happy to recognize your generosity on our facebook page if desired.

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Hey Dayton WIN Eagles Tickets | July 22nd Concert

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 6/19/15

Eagles Raffle

Calling all lovers of the Eagles, or maybe those who just want to have a good time! We are currently selling raffle tickets to the History of the Eagles concert on July 22nd at the Nutter Center. This includes 2 tickets to the concert and a $25 Olive Garden gift card.

This opportunity is being made available to us through our generous partnership with We Serve U, a volunteer service program at Wright State University. Thank you for your partnership and the support of the Nutter Center.

So, you want to WIN, right? Tickets are only $5 each or 6 for $20 and you can get them by contacting us or We Serve U.

All Proceeds benefit CHOICES and opportunities for our kids. Money raised will go towards things like school supplies, pay to pay fees for fall sports, and other activities for youth.

To coordinate purchasing tickets contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or

If We Serve U is closer to you feel free to contact Co-Chair Joanie Hendricks at 937-775-5244 or

Drawing will be held on July 10th! Best of luck!

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Summer Activity Wish | Summer Horse Camp

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 6/11/15


Each summer the CHOICES staff works diligently to provide a line up of summer activities for the youth we serve and find other individual activities kids would enjoy.

Jenny would love to have the experience of attending horse camp, 2 years ago she had to move away from Missouri and she misses caring for animals. We are looking for some caring horse lovers out there to donate $100 towards her experience as CHOICES will be able to donate $100 from our extra funds to cover the $200 cost.

Jenny came to us with struggling with anxiety, depression which she expressed through self harming behaviors and substance abuse. There was also substantial conflict with her Mother.  She has worked hard in her 9 weeks of therapy so far and has made great progress. Jenny is working to repair her relationship with Mom, she has had no self harming behaviors or substance abuse in 8 weeks.

Jenny is able to express her trauma from the past and recognize her self worth. She loves animals and has mentioned this camp to her therapist a couple times.  Her therapist believes this experience will only encourage her more to not go back to her past behaviors.

Can you  donate and help Jenny have this wonderful week long experience? Make this opportunity happen by donating online by clicking here.  Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES, Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439.

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

Thank you for saying YES to our kids!

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Youth Opportunity | OSU Football Camp Sponsorship

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 5/19/15

OSU Football Camp


Summer is getting close, and our kids are exploring the opportunity to get involved in different activities this summer. The CHOICES team plans a line up of fun activities for our kids and families. But we also encourage individual opportunity for our kids, we want to help them as best as we can to further their abilities or learn something new.

Today we are asking for your help to send Tadareus to THE Ohio State University football camp this summer.  It is something he is really looking forward to as he loves football.  Overall, Tadareus is very active in multiple sports including basketball and track…but his passion is football.

The total cost for him to attend a week long training camp is $425, but he only has $100 left to fund; thanks to his county provider and foster mom.  Just $100 is separating Tadareus from this awesome opportunity. He has a great relationship with his foster mom, and has been with CHOICES for close to 6 years.  He gets decent grades and very social with his friends.

We know this opportunity will help Tadaraus expand his skills on the field, and set him up for a great 2016 season.  Can you donate to help Tadareus reach $100? Donate online by clicking here or checks can be mailed to CHOICES, Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439.

Questions? Contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.

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