Daymark Story

NEW CONNECTIONS

New Connections offers its  9 week Fast TRACK program, focusing on preparing students for the TASC exam, for post-secondary transition into CTC (Community and Technical College) and 4 year colleges.  Brush up on academic skills, explore careers, and participate in field trips to local post-secondary institutions. Classes run Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and are open to anyone in the community who is 17-24 years old.

For young adults who would like to work on the TASC at their own pace, they may wish to enroll in alternative classes offered Monday-Thursday from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.  This class is available to anyone (with or without a high school diploma) who wishes to participate in job development classes, upgrade computer skills with IC3 training, retail skills with customer service training, and learn how to write a resume and cover letter providing an upper hand in the job market!

New Connections also operates a Transitional Living program for youth who are in the custody of the state or who are homeless. Youth live in supervised apartments and are required to have jobs and work on educational goals while saving money and learning the skills needed to live on their own. The supervised apartments are in the New Connections building. Each youth has his/her own apartment and lives alone unless s/he has an infant or child. There are six apartments in the building. Five are for residents and the other is for staff. The Transitional Living Coordinator or program relief staff is on-site 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and available to youth should they need assistance.

Residents pay rent. The amount is determined based on the client’s ability to pay and the size apartment s/he is occupying. Residents are required to keep their apartments clean and learn how to cook basic nutritional meals, make budgets, manage their own time and money, comparison shop, pay their rent and bills on time, secure and maintain employment, access day care, medical care, or other services if needed. After four to six months in supervised apartments, staff help youth find their own apartments and help them set up those apartments with sheets, towels, dishes, pots and pans, etc. Staff also help the residents move and continue to provide case management and other needed services three times a week.

ELIGIBILITY AND REFERRAL

The New Connections Independent Living Program serves youth who are homeless or who are in the custody of the state.  Youth must be at least 16 years of age and must be willing to have an education and employment plan while they are at New Connections.  Youth who are runaway and homeless (and under the age of 18) must have parental permission to live at New Connections.  Youth who are in custody must have had a successful placement for at least six months prior to admission.  Youth who are firestarters, sexual offenders at risk to offend again or convicted felons are not generally admitted.

When an appropriate youth indicates interest, and there is an apartment available, an interview is set up as soon as possible.  If the youth is appropriate, they may move in as soon as the apartment can be readied.  If there is no apartment available, they may be put on a waiting list.  Youth who are in dangerous situations may be referred to a shelter until there is an available apartment.

New Connections Education Program will accept new students every Friday between 9:00 am – 12: 00 pm.  Upon entry, students will be assessed and placed in the class that best meets their needs. The classes are free, but class size is limited to 8 students per program and pre-registration is required.

NEW CONNECTIONS FAQ

A: The Education Program is free. Apartment rent ranges from $75 to $150, but we may waive that depending on your situation.
A: The Education program is for youth 17 — 21. The apartments are for youth 16 — 21.
A: You must have a good reason for not living in your home, or you must be in the custody of the state.
A: Yes, you have to go to high school, college, GED program, or a vocational school.
A: Most youth stay 6 months to a year. Some stay as long as 18 months. It depends on your situation.
A: Yes, if you have an apartment at New Connections, you have to have a job.
A: 1592 Washington Street East, right next to the dog park.

PATCHWORK

Patchwork, licensed by the State of West Virginia is a runaway and homeless shelter for youth ages 12+ and offers crisis support services for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources.  Patchwork is never closed providing free and confidential services on a voluntary basis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Patchwork’s mission is to respond to the needs of youth and families in crisis and to provide youth in high-risk situations with a safe alternative to the streets.

Services include individual, group, family, telephone and walk-in counseling, as well as information concerning and referral to community agencies and other resources that may be of benefit to the youth and families in need.   Emergency services such as food and clothing; advocacy; outreach; and community education are also provided.  Follow-up services are provided whenever possible.

ELIGIBILITY AND REFERRAL

Any youth who is 12+ may come to Patchwork at any time day or night.  Program staff will attend to immediate needs (food, shelter, medical),  determine the youth’s presenting problems and any special needs (medical, religious, cultural).    If a referral cannot not be made immediately, staff may agree to provide emergency services on the first floor.

Patchwork also provides crisis support services to youth who are truant, runaway, homeless, or victims of child abuse/neglect.  Referrals come from West Virginia DHHR, Juvenile Probation, schools, and other agencies.    Patchwork provides emergency services and pharmacological services, mental health assessments/service plans, nursing services, drug testing, and educational/vocational exploration.

PATCHWORK FAQ

A: All Patchwork’s services are free.
A: Patchwork serves youth 12+.

A: No. Any teen can come to Patchwork.

A: Unless you have been abused, we want your parents to know that you are safe at Patchwork. Counselors will help you call or will call for you if you can’t make the call.
A: Yes, you have to go to school or GED class unless you are sick or have court.
A: It depends on your situation. You may be able to stay for a few days or a few weeks.
A: No, Patchwork is for kids. If you have brothers or sisters ages 12 – 21, they may be able to stay at Patchwork.
A: You have to go to school, do chores like run the vacuum or wash the dishes, and come in at curfew. Counselors will explain the rules and help you understand them.
A: 601 Homewood Drive, right off the old Kanawha Turnpike.
A: No one has to know except your parent or guardian.

TURNING POINT

Turning Point accepts male and female youth, ages 15 – 21 in the custody of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.  Youth work towards independence, moving through a four phase system where they earn increased freedom with increased responsibility.  Youth who “graduate” from the Turning Point program go on to  college, military service,  independent living, or return to a family unit.

Turning Point residents will

  • Choose to participate in the Turning Point program.
  • Learn to cook well-balanced meals for themselves and the other residents.
  • Do their own laundry and help maintain the household by cleaning the bathrooms, mopping the floors, running the vacuum, etc.
  • Learn to use public transportation.
  • Maintain part-time jobs.
  • Go to public school, vocational school, college, or GED programs.
  • Be alcohol and drug- free while at Turning Point.
  • Be given every chance to reach personal goals while they learn to live independently.
  • Abide by reasonable house rules and curfews.
  • Learn to treat themselves, Turning Point staff, and other residents with respect.

ELIGIBILITY AND REFERRAL

Eligibility requirements:

Youth must be ages 15 — 21 and in the custody of the state.  Youth should not be fire starters.  Only youth who want to be in the Turning Point program will be admitted.

Referral Process:

If you would like to make a referral and arrange a pre-placement interview, call the Turning Point  office at (304) 340-3633 or click on the referral icon and fill out an application.  Youth who  fit the eligibility requirements will be given pre-placement interviews where they will see the site, meet the case managers, and decide whether  they  want to participate in the Turning Point program.

TURNING POINT FAQ

A: Turning Point is free.
A: Turning Point serves youth 15 — 21.
A: Yes, you must be in the custody of the state.
A: If you are in middle school you will go to John Adams or Horace Mann. If you are in high school, you will go to George Washington High School or Capital High School. Some Turning Point youth also go to GED class, go to vocational school or go to college.
A: Most youth stay at Turning Point 6 months to a year.
A: Yes, if your social worker is okay with it.
A: 1583 Lee Street East, on the east end about 2 blocks from the state capitol.

OUR STORIES

LANNAH

Lannah has had a very difficult life, but she is a survivor.  She has been in and out of state’s custody all of her life because of her mother’s continued substance abuse.  When she was five she was in a serious car accident that almost took her life.  In middle school she was bullied to the point that she quit going.   She survived and ultimately ended an abusive relationship.  And she got pregnant.

But she is a wonderful mother.  She is repairing her relationship with her own mother, now clean and sober for the longest time ever.  And she comes to New Connections every afternoon and works with the New Connections GED Educator.

She likes the individual attention she receives.  And if she doesn’t understand something, no one hassles her about it.  She marvels at how nice everyone is.

She says that she has to make a good life for her daughter, and getting her GED one of the first steps.

CHRIS

Chris had been living with his grandmother who was raising several of Chris’ siblings and cousins.  When Grandmother’s health and the space  limitations of her apartment became burdensome, Chris was placed in state’s custody.  He was attending Life Skills Group and Fresh Start Group at New Connections while he lived at DAYMARK’s Turning Point group home. He repeatedly asked his case manager if he could live in one of the New Connections apartments.  After proving to her that he was mature enough to have his own apartment, Chris moved to New Connections.

While living at New Connections, Chris followed the rules, had a job, and got his GED.  He worked through all the phases of the program, finishing early in 2011.  Chris   understood that he needed a college education, but      decided to spend a year working, saving for college, and as he said, “getting himself settled.”  He got a job and found a place to live.    Chris kept in touch with New    Connections, and whenever one of his friends was having trouble, Chris would tell him/her about DAYMARK.

Currently, Chris is the manager of a popular restaurant (not fast food) in town, and will be starting college soon with a full scholarship.  He still stops by New Connections to check in and reports that he is doing great!

OUR PEOPLE

Licensing specialists, Council on Accreditation peer reviewers and United Way Citizen Review panelists always comment on DAYMARK’s caring staff and Board of Directors.  Employees and Board members are recognized and respected in the community as being knowledgeable and caring about the agency, its mission, its services, and the work that the agency does with West Virginia’s youth.  For more information about the people that DAYMARK’s mission a reality, click on one of the icons to the right.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Vicki PleasantDAYMARK Executive Director
Vicki Pleasant, DAYMARK Executive Director, has been with DAYMARK for 23 years. She served the agency in various capacities such as Patchwork Director, New Connections Director, and Programs Director before being named Executive Director in 2011. She has a Bachelor‘s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia State University, a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling from Marshall University, and is a Licensed Social Worker.
Dana CutlipDirector of Programs
Dana Cutlip began working at DAYMARK more than ten years ago as a Counselor/Case Manager for the PACES program. Since then, she has been the New Connections Educator and the Assistant Director of Programs. She was named Director of Programs in 2011. Dana has a Bachelor‘s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University, and is a Licensed Social Worker.
Beth ScohyDirector of Training
Beth Scohy has been the Director of Training at DAYMARK since 1993. She graduated from Alderson Broaddus College with degrees in Creative Writing, Technical Writing and Speech Communication. She is a certified to teach Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Away from Supervision, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and the American Red Cross CPR/Standard First Aid courses. She is a Licensed Social Worker.
Pat LeggDirector of Finance
Daymark is pleased to welcome Pat Legg to the Daymark Management Team! Pat’s responsibilities include cash flow and expenditure oversight, budget revision, insurance management, and technical support.
Cheryl PatrickAdministrative Assistant
Cheryl Patrick is Daymark‘s Administrative Assistant. She has been with the agency for more than 25 years and is the agency’s longest serving employee. Cheryl’s duties include event planning and management, agency development and fund raising, Medicaid billing, payroll, and office management.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pat Moyers,
Chairman

Keith Pauley,
Vice Chairman

Allison Ballard,
Treasurer

Lauren Estep,
Secretary

Elizabeth Amandus

Paula Bland

Bob Brunner

Adam Carr

Sandra Evans

Roberta Fowlkes

Mark Holmes

Felice Joseph

Eric Kinder

Gordon Lane

Pauline Lester

Deborah Morris

Meghan Moses

Nikki Moses

Jamie O’Connor

Patrick O’Malley

Ellen Slotnick

Sue Webster

Youth Representatives

Hannah Iskra

Cameron Blakley

GALLERY

REFERRALS

To make a referral, click on the program in which you are interested.    Or call for more information:

 

For Turning Point referrals contact:

Linda Boyer        304-340-3633 linda@daymark.org

 

For New Connections Education Lab referrals contact:

Alexa Ceballos 304-340-3690 alexa@daymark.org

Jeff Dickess 304-340-3690 jeff@daymark.org

 

For New Connections Independent Living referrals contact:

Jeff Dickess 304-340-3690 jeff@daymark.org

 

For Patchwork referrals contact:

Dana Cutlip 304-340-3670 dana@daymark.org

CONTACT US

Mailing address:

1592 Washington Street East, Suite 2

Charleston, WV 25311

Telephone and Fax Numbers:

Phone: 304-340-3675

Fax: 304-340-3595

Phone: 304-340-3690

Phone: 304-340-3595

Phone: 304-340-3670

Fax: 304-342-0333

Phone: 304-340-3673

Fax: 304-342-0333

Management Team email:

Vicki Pleasant, Executive Director:  vicki@daymark.org

Dana Cutlip, Programs Director:  dana@daymark.org

Pat Legg, Director of Finance:  pat@daymark.org

Cheryl Patrick, Administrative Assistant:  cheryl@daymark.org

Beth Scohy,  Director of Training:  beth@daymark.org

Daymark’s funding is:

12.7%
Federal
$268,577

71%
State
$1,499,285

3.1%
United Way
$65,950

12.9%
Private
$272,346

0.2%
Other
$4,088