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Youth Opportunity | OSU Football Camp Sponsorship

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, aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.

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Youth Opportunity | Send Jesse to Disney with his High School Band

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 3/16/15

Hello CHOICES supporters, Jesse needs your help! In a couple weeks his High School Band will be visiting Disney World to perform.  What an awesome opportunity right?   Let’s help Jesse with some of the payment he needs before the trip!

Jesse is a bright, friendly young man who is in our foster care program and plays the clarinet.  He is a Freshman who just started playing in band this year, he loves to play music and wants to go to college as a music major. Music is Jesse’s passion. He wants to get his Ph.D and be a music professor, dream big Jesse!

Recently Jesse earned the position of first chair! We are hoping to make his next payment for him which is $225. He still owes $675 on his remaining balance and whatever we can help him with we know he will appreciate.  He has paid for more than half of the trip by saving his money.  His county has paid $250 and his biological parents have helped out as much as they can.

Donate easily online by clicking here to help us reach the goal of $225 for Jesse.  He loves playing in the band and feels like he belongs Jesse has had many changes and uncertainties while being in foster care and band has been a constant for him all along.  Being in band is a confidence builder and a very positive part of Jesse’s life right now.

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 aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

Let’s say YES to Jesse and help him go on this amazing trip in a couple weeks.

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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 aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com 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

posted by: aschiffer |

furniture

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 rbruce@choicesfostercare.com.  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 aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com.

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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