(from the Genesis House 2016 Newsletter)
“Please, can you help me. I am homeless and on the street with my two children. We have no place to go tonight. I am afraid.”“I need some place to sleep, I am 80 years old and my landlord evicted me. My money is gone. I have no family.”
Every day our Genesis House staff members respond to an average of 14 phone calls from frantic women, many with children, who are suddenly homeless for a wide-range of reasons. All our residents prior to coming to live at Genesis House have been homeless, desperate, and feeling that no one cared about them.
Genesis House, Inc. began providing safe shelter for women 39 years ago. We started in 1977 sheltering homeless pregnant women. The needs of homeless women have changed. Genesis House has grown to fit the current needs of homeless women and children.
“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human.”
Today we provide emergency shelter for suddenly homeless mothers and their children, student mothers with children who need our help to continue their education as they work to become self-supporting, emergency shelter for suddenly homeless single women, plus pregnant women who are alone and in need of housing. Our age range of women residents this past year was 18 to 80.
We encourage our residents to find jobs, improve their education, rebuild their self-esteem, develop the ability to be self-sufficient, and live independently in permanent housing.
What a joy it is to have a resident tell me that she got an “A” on her college exam, passed her GED test, or found a job.
“I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was naked and you clothed me.
I was homeless and you took me in.” —Matthew 25:35
“Hungry not only for bread—but hungry for love. Naked not only for
want of a home of bricks—but homeless because of rejection.” —Mother Teresa
Thank you for helping us with financial support!
— Mary Allen, Founder and President of the Board of Directors