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Youth Need | Medical Safety Helmet

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

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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Help Needed | Looking for 4 ft Trees & Decorations

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 12/4/14

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If you have been following CHOICES on Facebook you have seen that this is a very exciting time of year for our kids and families. Just today we have uncovered a new request from our kids…and we need your help.

Nearly all of our young people in Independent Living have requested a small Christmas tree for their apartment.  Showing acts of kindness and caring to the youth in this program between Thanksgiving and Christmas is so important.  Many are removed from any family contact and struggle with the feeling of loneliness during a season where the focus on family connections. For the first time ever we are making it our mission to provide a small Christmas tree to every kid who has expressed an interest.

What do we need? Twenty 4 ft Christmas trees with decorations.

Here is how you can help: Purchase a pre-lit 4 ft Christmas tree (and lights if not pre-lit). Also, provide your favorite decorations with your donation.  In a way we think of it as your sharing some of your family traditions with our young people.  Whether you are a garland and red bulb kind of person, or ribbon and snowflake ornaments. 

Please also consider sharing a holiday greeting or word of encouragement to the young recipient of your generosity. 

When one of our kids gets home in the evening from work or school, he will have a cozy Christmas apartment to come home to. This small gesture can help fill a big void kids in our program often experience.

Donations can be dropped off at our office Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm at our office on Big Hill Road. The sooner, the better so we can get the decorations to our young people. (Please no later December 16th) You are also welcome to give your donation to a CHOICE staff member to bring in, if that is more convenient.  IF you want to help and prefer to donate online click here. 

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

Let’s Deck the Halls for our Independent Living kids!!

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#GivingTuesday | Give Opportunity to Foster Kids

posted by: aschiffer | Sunday 11/30/14

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The CHOICES family loves this time of year for our kids and families. You all so generously surround them with caring and love, by providing gifts, meals, winter coats and much needed household items.  You help to remind the kids we serve that this time of year is filled with joy, promise and hope.

The truth is, that year round we strive to share with our kids that there is a future filled with joy, promise and hope. Your donation today will help them see the light of the future.

Your promise of opportunity will help the young man who wants to play baseball in the spring, but hasn’t ever been able to. In the past there was no one to help him get to practice, or there were no funds for him to buy cleats and a glove.  With your support we can tell him YES, you can try baseball this spring!

Your gift of hope will help a young lady struggling with depression, she loves music and it has become a healthy way for her share her feelings. Because of you we can tell her YES, we can provide music lessons for you to learn how to play guitar.

We have a vision for our kids and that is to say YES we can help you achieve that dream.  For many it will be the first time to be afforded such wonderful opportunities. It is these moments that can help shape such a wonderful path to their future, a path that they once couldn’t imagine.

To easily donate online now your favorite program or opportunity please click here.  Your one time gift, quarterly or monthly donation will go towards a “Youth Need” to provide special opportunities in 2015.

Donations can also be mailed to our office: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439

For questions or more specific designations (ex. sports, music etc.) please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at or (937)264-0084 ext. 122

Thank you for saying #Yes2OurKids for the upcoming year!

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Help us Provide Thanksgiving Meals to 20 Families

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 11/13/14

Hey Dayton we are looking for your help! Your donation can ensure a family has a Thanksgiving meal in their home, at their kitchen table.

We have an amazing donor who is going to donate TWENTY turkeys for our families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. We need your help gathering up the side items to complete the meal.

Our families are identified by their caseworker as needing additional support this holiday season. Your donation will show them the community cares, and create special memories for the kids we serve.

You can purchase the items listed below. Or donate $25 and we’ll do the shopping, just click here to EASILY donate online!

Here is a list of what we need to complete the meal:

  • Potato Side (instant mashed, scalloped etc.)
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Canned Veggies (2 cans)
  • Stove Top Stuffing
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Rolls
  • Pie (Pumpkin, apple or sweet potato)


Please drop off all donations at our Dayton office by Friday 11/21/14. Our address 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

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

Thank you for saying YES to our families this holiday season!

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We’re Hiring | Licensed Social Worker or Counselor

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 11/3/14

CHOICES, Inc.  is growing, and we are looking a qualified social worker or therapist to work in our Dayton office.  Now is the time to join our dedicated team of professionals.

We have one  full time position in our Home-Based Services program. We are in need of licensed social worker or therapist to work with at risk youth and their families. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, challenging youth and families and various mental health disorders. All programs are community based and family focused allowing for work alongside families in their homes and with our partners in the community. Click here to apply now and to see licensure requirements. Unlicensed candidates should not apply.

CHOICES offers a supportive and energetic work environment. Full time benefits include the following:

  • Medical, dental, disability and life insurance available
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Flexible scheduling


Say Yes to our Kids and join the CHOICES team today!

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