Founder Ardath Francke's vision for Daymark began years ago when she was unable to provide a place to stay for an abused teenage girl on Christmas Eve. That experience was so profound, that Ardath organized a group who started Daymark in 1974, a place where any child can go at any time for any reason. The group opened Patchwork, a shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers in 1976. As of September of 2016 and after over 40 years, more than 40,000 children have been served through this organization. Sadly, we recently lost Ardath after her inspirational and long life giving back to others, and we want to continue her legacy of caring for and supporting WV kids. See www.daymark.org for more information about Daymark's various programs that advocate for and provide services to troubled youth, the needs of their families, and the community.