New program provides drug treatment, job training for youth

Published: Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

            Jerry Farley, director of Dayton YouthBuild, and Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak, stand in a lab that simulates a doctor’s office or nursing home medical exam room to train students. The lab will also be used to treat young people with alcohol or other drug addictions. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Jerry Farley, director of Dayton YouthBuild, and Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak, stand in a lab that simulates a doctor’s office or nursing home medical exam room to train students. The lab will also be used to treat young people with alcohol or other drug addictions. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

When young people can get good jobs, they are less likely to end up in jail or drug addicted, a local youth leader says.

Good jobs, however, are out reach for some Dayton-area youth who are homeless, already struggle with substance abuse, dropped out of school or check more than one box on this list.

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But Daybreak and Dayton YouthBuild will share a space that houses new alcohol and drug prevention/treatment services but also doubles as classrooms and a training lab for careers in allied health care.

“There’s nothing better to stop a needle than a job,” said Jerry Farley, director of Dayton YouthBuild, borrowing a line from a California nonprofit that helps former gang members obtain employment.

Daybreak and YouthBuild both occupy space in the Stuart & Mimi Rose Opportunity Zone for Youth, which Daybreak opened in 2016 just south of its main headquarters at 605 S. Patterson Blvd.

Daybreak’s new facility houses employment services and the Lindy & Company gourmet pet treats bakery, which is staffed and operated by homeless young people. In the lower level, YouthBuild has a lab to teach young people the building trades.

But YouthBuild and Daybreak also have teamed up to use about 1,600 square feet of the opportunity zone for dual purposes. The organizations serve some of the same youth.

Daybreak, which this year was certified by the state of Ohio to provide alcohol and drug treatment services, received funding from the state to help build out the space and received money from ADAMHS for operational costs, said Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak.

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Daybreak, which provides the region’s only around-the-clock emergency shelter for youth, will offer youth up to the age of 24 assessments, individual and group counseling and prevention and crisis intervention services. The program currently has one staff member but will add more as the caseload increases.

The program will start by serving Daybreak and YouthBuild participants but should open up to other youth in the community and staff will travel to where they are, such as the schools, Kramer said.

The program will try to reduce drug and alcohol use among participants through psychosocial support, treatment and prevention services, Kramer said. Daybreak also is working to provide Vivitrol treatment, which is a once-a-month injection to help people from relapsing.

“This is a comprehensive approach to supporting young people who might have barriers and challenges — oftentimes through no fault of their own — to help them succeed in life and not just push them under the bus and letting them fall through the cracks,” said Kramer.

YouthBuild, a U.S. Department of Labor grant program, helps at-risk youth and ex-offenders 18 to 24 get a high school diploma or GED and also credentials and a job.

The organization has offered training and education in construction work for years. But late last year, it added a health care program to help young people become state tested nurses aides or medical assistants, Farley said.

YouthBuild Dayton is the first YouthBuild program in the nation to be a certified National Healthcareer Association testing and training center, which allows it to certify students as phlebotomy, EKG or patient care technicians, Farley said.

Students can “stack” their credentials, meaning they obtain multiple certificates, expanding their job skills and work prospects.

Students in the new allied health program will take classes and get hands-on training in a lab that simulates a hospital or nursing home room setting.

The lab has hospital beds, an exam table, privacy curtains and dummies for students to practice on so they can learn how to care for and treat patients.

Students in the program receive a stipend while they take classes to work toward credentials. They earn a high school diploma or a GED as they receive training.

Students who get their medical assistant certificates are qualified for jobs that can pay $18 to $20 per hour, Farley said.

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The program then places students in jobs out in the community, and staff continue to follow up with students for 12 months to make sure things are going smoothly and that they remain on the right track, Farley said.

Daybreak provides support services, like housing and mental health counseling, but it relies on YouthBuild to handle education and schooling expertise, officials said.

Some Daybreak youth who normally would not be eligible for YouthBuild educational and training programs because they finished high school or completed a GED can participate because of the partnership between the organizations.

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Victims ID’d in double fatal crash north of New Carlisle

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

Injuries reported in accident north of New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Two people succumbed to their injuries in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon north of New Carlisle.

Vickie Owens, 46, of Springfield, and Roger Littlejohn, 75, of New Carlisle, were identified as the two drivers. They both were trapped and flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where they died of their injuries, the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

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According to preliminary investigation, at around 2:20 p.m. Owens was headed south on Ohio 235 in her 2012 Hyundai when she went left of center. She struck a 2010 Toyota Tacoma headed north, driven by Littlejohn. A passenger in the Tacoma, Harvey Zimmerman, 87, of Christiansburg, was taken by squad to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol stated. 

Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered to be factors in the crash that remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.

CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene of the accident, we will update you with the latest details. 


Multiple people are reportedly trapped and possibly injured in a crash on North Dayton Lakeview Road this afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of North Dayton Lakeview.

A medical helicopter was reportedly placed on standby for the crash.

We’re working to gather additional information on the crash.

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

Icy conditions expected for early St. Patrick's Day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through noon. Mixed precipitation with ice accumulation up to one-tenth of an inch is expected. Be prepared for slippery roads as surface temperatures hover around freezing.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


    • Increasing clouds, freezing rain and sleet develop after midnight
    • Icy early St. Patrick’s Day
    • Clearing, milder to end the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect freezing rain/sleet to become widespread after 3 or 4 a.m. with slick spots developing. Up to one-tenth inch of ice accumulation is possible by morning, creating for slippery travel conditions. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Saturday: A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will be likely in the morning. As temperatures climb, precipitation will change to just rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. It will remain mostly cloudy as we dry out late in the day. Highs will reach back into the lower 40s.

Sunday: Sunny skies will end the weekend with milder temperatures reaching into the lower 50s.

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Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be the chance for a few showers toward late evening or into the night. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with rain showers during the day mixing with or changing to snow showers late in the day or evening. Highs will be in the lower 40s but fall into the 30s with blustery conditions.

Wednesday: Snow showers will be around, possibly mixed with rain. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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Soggy St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Few more showers may return for the afternoon.

Clouds will linger through the day with a few breaks possible late morning/early afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.


  • Chance of showers this afternoon
  • More sun and milder for Sunday
  • Rain/snow possible mid-week

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs


Today: Scattered showers may redevelop for the afternoon. Some spots far north may see a light mix initially, then change to rain. Temperatures slowly will climb into the lower 40s. Skies then begin to clear overnight and temperatures fall back below freezing. Some isolated slick spots are possible with any roads still damp from earlier precipitation.

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Sunday: Sunny skies and warmer with highs into the lower 50s.

Monday: Some morning sun will give way to more clouds through the day. There will be a chance for a few showers towards the evening. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

>> WHIO Weather App

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with a few rain or snow showers early. It will be mostly cloudy for most of the day. A few more rain/snow showers may return into the night. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: There will be a chance for a few passing snow showers and chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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Don’t drink and drive. Here are 6 ways to get home safe in Dayton.

Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 4:12 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:48 AM

Enjoy yourself, but be responsible about getting home -- don't drink and drive.
Enjoy yourself, but be responsible about getting home -- don't drink and drive.

We know that St. Patrick’s day is full of drinking shenanigans for most people. But it's no excuse to drive drunk. 

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If you happen to go too hard, here are some options to get you home safely. 

Please note: we recommend planning in advance. Arrangements with a designated driver should be decided upon ahead of time, and it's always good to know what cab service you plan to use and to call to confirm they can service your location and wait times. 

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1.) The Uber app can figure out where you are and will hook you up with the nearest Uber driver in Dayton. Just plug in where you want to go and the Uber app will then give you an estimate of the fare for the ride. Just be careful: Uber is known to experience price surges during high-demand periods. A two-mile ride that would normally cost $4-10 dollars in a normal cab can easily spike to several times that much. 

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2.) Cab Guys are a locally-owned transportation service, serving the southern Dayton suburbs. You can give them a call at 937-505-0222. Their general fee for the first three miles is $10; after that they charge an additional $2 a mile. More info: Website

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3.) Anton’s Transportation serves 13 counties in the Miami Valley, just in case you wander outside of Dayton. You can give them a call at 937-252-4756. Anton’s charges a general fee of $9 for the first three miles and an additional $2 per mile after. More info: 

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4.) Walt’s Taxi Cab Service is another local cab service in Dayton. Call them at 937-825-3861. Walt’s charges $2 per mile. Minimum charges depend on how far away from Dayton you are. 

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5.) Lyft app. Like Uber, Lyft is an app service that matches you with a friendly local driver at the tap of a button.  

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6.)  Get an old-school designated driver. If calling a taxi or using Uber just isn’t your thing, plan to assign yourself a sober, designated driver. These are the best kinds of drivers because they are reliable (we hope) and usually right there when you’re ready to go. Not to get preachy, but please drink responsibly. Don’t put yourself or other people on the road at risk. So drink and be merry — but above all, be safe.


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