About Daybreak

Daybreak has been a cornerstone of services to youth in the Mahoning Valley since 1976. It is a community-based, ten-bed shelter providing a comprehensive safe haven as well as crisis counseling services to runaway, “throwaway” or otherwise homeless youth from ages 11 to 18.

Thousands of runaway and homeless youth have found a temporary refuge at Daybreak. It is the only program in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties that can provide shelter for unaccompanied youth who are below age 18.

Daybreak is the only agency that serves homeless youth, enabling them to avoid placement in child welfare custody. We help to keep them out of the system. Without Daybreak, the community would not have services for youth who are homeless or unable to safely remain in their homes for many reasons. Daybreak provides safe, comfortable, effective services for this important population.

Daybreak Youth Crisis Center


“I thank you for all you have done for me and many other youth who have experienced difficulties at home. I will never forget you all!”
• Tyrone, age 21

“I learned that my family loves me and that they let me stay here to get help.”
• Jennifer, age 16

“I learned and worked on behaving better for the future.”
• Mary, age 13

“I like the way we were treated and how it felt like we were all family.”
• Robert, age 15

A program of Compass Family & Community Services

How We Help

We help young people by:

  • Providing crisis shelter, food and clothing
  • Alleviating the immediate crisis faced by the youth, including protection in cases of alleged abuse or neglect
  • Reuniting young people with their families, or when it is not possible, arranging placement to the most appropriate, safe housing available
  • Encouraging the resolution of family conflicts through counseling and referrals
  • Working to strengthen family relations and encourage stable living conditions
  • Providing guidance and encouragement to youth in their efforts to make constructive and positive decisions regarding their lives


Daybreak Services

  • Crisis Shelter
  • 24-Hour Phone Line
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Preliminary Health Assessment
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling
  • Assistance in Beginning or Maintaining Educational Services
  • Information and Referrals to Other Community Resources
  • Recreation and Enrichment Activities
  • Independent Living Skills When Appropriate
  • Outpatient Counseling

Contact Daybreak Youth Crisis Center

2611 Homestead Avenue – Youngstown, Ohio 44502
Our 24-hour Phone Line: (330) 782-2397 or Fax: (330) 782-2399