Follow Us Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTube
CHOICES Winter Coat Drive for Independent Living Youth

CHOICES Winter Coat Drive for Independent Living Youth

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 10/14/15

Hello Dayton and Cincinnati, we need your help to provide our transitional age youth new winter coats for the upcoming winter season.   Kids in our independent living program depend on the RTA as their main mode of transportation.

We know it can get very chilly in Ohio and we want to do our best to make sure our independent living kids are warm. Youth in this program live in their own apartment, work and/or attend school and are learning life skills to transition to adulthood.

This is the third year we are working with the community to meet this need! This winter we have close to 20 youth in need of a coat.  We can either match you up with a youth and give you their size to shop. Or you can donate to our coat fund online by clicking here. (then we will do the shopping!)

Any donation is greatly appreciated, we will work to provide a coat to any youth who enters the program now through the end of the winter season. Because kids in this program live on their own, the cost of buying a winter coat can be burdensome to their part time job income.

If you are interested in shopping for a coat please contact Ashley Pester for sizing information at or (513) 659-8202.

Bookmark and Share

Youth Need | Help Krystal attend Homecoming

posted by: aschiffer |

Krystal is a 16 year old young lady in our home-based services program.  She is very dedicated to her schoolwork and working towards success.

Today we want to reward her commitment and  we are asking for your help to send her to her homecoming dance.  We believe every child should be able to have a little fun, especially after working hard in school.

Krystal is in 11th grade and currently enrolled in the EMS program at the Career Technology Center. Her ultimate goal is to become a vet, she loves caring for animals.

Krystal also enjoys playing basketball and has been on the Varsity team for the last two years. She looks for anything that challenges her educationally and does a lot of reading at home too.

Krystal plans on attending the dance with friends, and we would like to raise $100 to help her with her ticket, dress and other expenses. Krystal has told her therapist that this opportunity will make her junior year of high school memorable.  Every donation helps, and you can donate online by clicking here.

Krystal continues to engage with her therapist weekly to meet her goals, and works hard in school. This opportunity would mean so much to her!

Questions? Please contact Ashley Pester, Development Director, at or (513) 659-8202.

Thank you for saying YES to Krystal and showing her that you care!

Bookmark and Share

September of Opportunity | Spread Birthday Cheer to Foster Kids

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 9/30/15

Birthday celebrations can be tough while in foster care…but with your help we can make them more cheerful.  Kids who are in foster care often don’t have fond memories of birthday parties with friends, family or sometimes any kind of celebration.  Prior to care it is common for birthday’s to be overlooked.

This is why our caseworkers try to take something small to each child in our program to celebrate their day! CHOICES has a donation resource area that staff can utilize year round with toys, crafts, games and more for younger kids.

However, we don’t always have something for our older kids…and we have a high number of teenagers in our program. Will you help us fill this gap? 

Join us in our final September of Opportunity ask, to provide 13 foster kids a $10 gift card for their birthday.  In total we are seeking $130 to purchase gift cards for all of our birthdays in October and November of youth who are 13 and older.

13 donors…$10 each, and you will help us show some very awesome kids their big day matters and that someone cares! Donate now online by clicking here.

Together let’s end the birthday blues for kids in foster care! Questions? Contact Ashley Pester, Development Director, at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.

Bookmark and Share

CHOICES Annual Christmas Drive | Help Youth and Families

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 9/25/15

Are you interested in helping the foster youth of Dayton?

Christmas will soon be upon us, and the elves at CHOICES are already planning “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” for our kids and families. Each year we do a number of things, and we can only do this with your help.

The Dayton area has always been very generous to those in need, and especially the families of CHOICES. When it comes to helping, we believe there is something for everyone. Whether you can give $25 or $500 it all helps local people have a joyful holiday season.

Check out all the ways you can help kids in foster care and independent living, and our families receiving home-based services.

  • Provide a new winter coat to an Independent Living Youth (contact us for sizes)
  • Host a Giving Tree (We provide ornaments with youth name, age, and wish list item around $25)
    • We can also match individuals up with a youth or multiple youth
  • Provide side items for Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals
  • Adopt a Family (we will provide needs of local families in our home-based program)
  • Monetary Support, online gifts can be made by clicking here.


If you, your business, church or organization are interested in helping youth in need this Christmas season we would love to work with you. Please contact our Development Director, Ashley Pester at or (513) 659-8202.

We know the Miami Valley is a giving community, we look forward to working with each of you this holiday season. Please remember 100% of your gift benefits local youth and families and is tax deductible.

Thank you for saying Yes to Our Kids!

Bookmark and Share

The Forever Family Walk Stops at CHOICES

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 9/24/15

We love it when social media and digital marketing result in amazing outcomes…we see it often when we can connect to our donors.  But we can also connect to other advocates and partners on a national level.

Back in July we received a phone call from Jarett Wilkins from The Forever Family Walk. He was in the planning stages of a 6,000 mile journey across the US that will take up to 2 years. Jarett told us, “I wanted to this walk because there’s a voice out here in America that is silent at a time when it has the right to be a roar.”

The Forever Family Walk will stop in many states and visit a few organizations, advocates, partners or agencies involved in child welfare. Jarett researched online and hand picked organizations and began to contact them to see their level of interest.

When it came to Jarett’s visit in Ohio…of course the CHOICES team said YES! We definitely wanted to share about our programs, and the amazing support the community provides to youth in our programs.

Yesterday Jarett visited the CHOICES family and got to meet a good number of our staff during our monthly all staff meeting.  Following the meeting our management team had an interview session with Jarett. (Later, he will transcribe the interview and you will be able to read it)

Forever Family Walk2


We shared a meal and then sent Jarett out with Robert Bruce to meet a current independent living youth and an emancipated youth. He was able to interview them and get a better understanding of the issues youth “aging out” of foster care face.

We hope that Jarett enjoyed his time with us and we thank him for selecting CHOICES to represent Ohio.  You can continue to follow his journey on facebook by clicking here.

The Forever Family Walk will connect many voices to discuss the issues of foster care, adoption, aging out, LGBTQ youth, homeless youth, human trafficking, policies, budget issues and mental health issues.

Bookmark and Share