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Help a foster youth attend a travel abroad class trip in 2015

Help a foster youth attend a travel abroad class trip in 2015

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 6/19/14

We have a special request that we will be sharing during the upcoming months.  If you have had the opportunity to travel or study abroad you know the profound impact it can have on your viewpoint of the world.  It is a great opportunity to explore other cultures, bond with classmates and display leadership qualities…oh and fun too!

Leticia is 17 years old and has been in our foster care program for close to 5 years.  She has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Greece and Italy on a school trip for her Fine Arts class next spring.  It is amazing that her county has approved this overseas trip, and really a RARE opportunity for a foster youth.

The trip is $3,000 through EFTours and Leticia is working very hard to save her money.  Rather than running track this past spring she opted to work to make her $250 a month payments towards the trip.  Leticia will be a senior in high school and is an A,B student who is working a part time job. Leticia is looking for a second job, because she is also saving to buy a car when she turns 18. YES, she is a very hard working young lady.

Leticia has made very mature decisions to finance this trip and we would like to help her out as much as possible.  Leticia plans on attending college in the fall of 2015 and has dreams of attending THE Ohio State University.

Your donation today, of any amount, will be a huge blessing to Leticia. You can donate online here, simply designate your gift towards Leticia’s Trip on the drop down menu.  Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES, Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439  Questions? Have an idea to help us spread the word?  Contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.

As of now Leticia has made over $1,000 in payments on her own.  She wrote this letter about the trip:

Leticia Note Help a foster youth attend a travel abroad class trip in 2015

Let’s make this trip in 2015 a memory Leticia will never forget!



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You’re Invited: Our 4th Annual Voices for Kids Breakfast

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 3/11/14

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We NEED Furniture Donations for Independent Living

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 1/27/14

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.

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Here is how you can help, call us if you have these items to donate:  (We will arrange pick up!)

  • Couch/Loveseats (no sofabeds)
  • Chairs
  • Coffee table/end tables
  • TV Stands
  • TVs under 27″ if a box tv
  • Lamps
  • Dressers
  • Nightstands
  • Bedframes
  • 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

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.

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Christmas Wishes for Local Children & Families #givingtuesday

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 11/26/13

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)

Specific Wishes:

Foster Care:

 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 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!

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Urgent Need | Independent Living Youth needs Clothes

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 11/19/13

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 or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.

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