For 30 years, 24 hours a day, Genesis Women’s Shelter has been waiting with lights on and doors open to welcome women and children facing the greatest time of crisis they have ever known. Every year, we see nearly 1,600 women and children turn to Genesis as they make the brave decision to leave their former lives behind, taking with them nothing but the hope a better life is possible. At Genesis, we know domestic violence is one public health epidemic that is completely preventable. We believe women and children should never have to stay in an abusive home because they believe they have no other options.
In the last 30 years, Genesis has provided shelter, safety, and strength to 30,000 women and children. In 1993, it became apparent many women and children needed the counseling and case management component of our services, but did not require housing. To answer this growing need, the Outreach Counseling Office opened its doors. Today our Outreach counselors see over 1,000 women and children a year and provide more than 22,000 counseling hours. Genesis addressed the need for transitional housing in 1998 with a 12-month program called Annie’s House, located behind the Shelter.
To meet the growing demand for domestic violence services in our community, Genesis remains on the forefront of innovation and services provided. We are continually implementing new programs to educate our community about the pervasiveness of domestic violence, eliminate the barriers of women seeking help, and allow us to heal women and children affected by domestic violence.