DayBreak's Winter Newsletter

Last Fall at DayBreak

Fall was an exciting time for the after school program at Daybreak. We made some changes to our programming, including adding extracurricular and academic enrichments. Together, we learned many new things. From researching endangered species in academic enrichment class to creating sculptures from clay in art, the fall was full of both fun and mental stimulation. One of our favorite activities was our science day, sponsored by a group from Exxon Mobil. Exxon Mobil employees came and helped upper elementary and middle school students from our community to design structures like catapults and sturdy bridges. A little healthy competition added to the excitement!

And we can't forget to mention our Fun Friday outings. We painted ornaments, went ice skating (and attempted to stay on our feet) and got lost in a Fall Festival corn maze. It's been a time of learning and growing together and we look forward to more of it this winter and spring.

DayBreak Parents

Because part of DayBreak's mission includes strengthening families and nurturing children, the staff team began  to take steps in thinking strategically about how to provide opportunities for parents to be more involved at DayBreak, and how to best support them in their roles as parents. Whether signing up to serve dinner one evening or participating in a Fun Friday field trip, parents have responded well to the opportunities to be a part of their child's life as a DayBreak kid. As a child sees other parents coming in to serve dinner, we often hear that child telling his/her parent, "Mom! When are you coming to do dinner at DayBreak?" Children are excited about having their parents more involved on a regular basis and take pride in their parent being a DayBreak volunteer.

In addition to having created volunteer opportunities for parents, we started holding workshops for parents based on their interests and needs as indicated in a survey. The topic for the first two workshops was goal setting. A volunteer facilitated the first workshop by defining goals and how to set SMART goals. The follow-up workshop allowed for parents to be paired with a coach who helped to walk them through setting one long term goal and one short term goal. Both parents and volunteers gave positive feedback which makes the staff team excited about continuing to engage and equip parents through similar workshops.

As we continue to come alongside of parents and as they become more involved at DayBreak, our hope is that parents will understand the importance of their involvement and how invaluable they are to the DayBreak community. More importantly, we as a staff team look forward to more opportunities to share the truth of Jesus with each parent.

DayBreak is excited to welcome back Jeremy!

Jeremy McClain has come back to DayBreak staff as the new Director of Parent Outreach. Hear from him as he explains his new role:

I praise God that He has allowed me to return to Daybreak Ministries to take part in serving Lincoln Heights. It is a wonderful privilege to work for an organization that is committed to sharing the life-giving message of the gospel while meeting some of the greatest needs of this community. Though I greatly enjoyed my previous role with Daybreak as the Mentoring Director, I am equally excited about my new position as the Director of Parent Outreach.

By God’s grace, the DayBreak staff have already built strong relationships with the families. My goal will be to capitalize on these relationships by ensuring that the parents or primary caregivers are constantly reached, informed, invited and encouraged to grow as leaders in their families and leaders in their communities. In my new role, I would like to form a Daybreak Parent Action Team and provide family leadership workshops. My hope is that both of these projects will educate and empower parents to use the natural gifts that God has given them to serve themselves and others. God has blessed this community with many gifts and I would like to encourage individuals to offer their talents in service to the Lord. Please pray that God would grant us wisdom as we seek to reach, serve, and empower parents to the praise, glory, and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Get Involved!

DayBreak desires to see the families of Lincoln Heights know Christ and glorify God with their lives. We do this through consistent and sustainable programs and dedicated volunteers. Please pray for all of our volunteer needs to be fulfilled and consider your role as a potential volunteer.

We currently need volunteers during the following times:

Homework Helpers:
Monday-Thursday 4:00 - 5:30
Fun Friday: 1-2 Fridays per month 4:00 - 7:30

Interested in becoming a DayBreak volunteer?
Visit our website for more information!

Coming Up This Semester

On two Saturdays this semester we will be hosting Math and Science Days for our students. We invite groups to come and provide fun, hands on activities for our kids that allow them to use their thinking and problem solving skills.

Interested in being a part of these events? Contact

3/1 Family Literacy Night
3/16 Math and Science Day
3/16 Volunteer Info Session
4/6 Mentoring Info Session
5/18 Math and Science Day

See Full Calendar of Events
On November 17, about 100 volunteers went into the homes of Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwelling residents to provide 500 turkey dinners and bless them with the love of Jesus Christ during our annual Turkey Outreach.

We had groups of volunteers from The Gathering (McLean Bible’s college ministry), the Union (McLean Bible’s couples group), Living Faith Church, and Zion Church. We are thankful for our partnership with these churches and their faithful service at this event and are especially thankful for McLean Bible Church for their hard work at providing, packing, and delivering the turkey boxes.

We heard some amazing stories of the community being touched by the volunteer’s intentionality with them and even heard that some recipients joined the groups to distribute the rest of their boxes. It’s exciting to see the community have such a gracious attitude and even want to involve themselves in that way. Thank you to all that served during this event!
On December 15, we were blessed to have the Christmas Store right down the street at Aiton Elementary School. We are hoping to sustain a relationship with them and have this event there again next year.

We began with a Christmas Celebration where the residents of Lincoln Heights watched a play acted out by the DayBreak students and heard a gospel presentation given by Ahnwar Yancey through word and song. After the celebration there were activities for the residents and children while individuals were called to go shop in our two Christmas stores.

Through our partnership with McLean Bible Church and their gift drive, we collected well over 1,500 gifts that we sold at 10% of the cost allowing this community to purchase 10 gifts each at an extremely affordable price! Volunteers worked so hard to price all of the gifts, set up and decorate the store, and then run the store and activities. This may have been our best Christmas Store ever!
Fall has been an exciting season for the Mentoring Program. We have welcomed five new pairs to our community and watched as seasoned mentoring pairs have continued to grow with their mentees and their families. We had our first ever mentoring retreat filled with sweet times in God's word and three-legged races. It was especially sweet to see the girls creating dances with their mentors.

We also celebrated what God has been doing with our mentoring community at the end of the year with a Christmas banquet. Most of our mentors, mentees and their families came and enjoyed a fine meal and God's word.

Please continue to pray for our community as we enter this new year, that our mentees and their families would come to have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
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