Genesis of Pittsburgh Inc.

Rating: 4.9 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 185 Dakota Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15202 USA

Mission:

The Genesis mission is to provide life-affirming programs and services for pregnant women, children, and adoptive families.


Programs: Parenting classes are held weekly at both the Genesis Centers (Bellevue and Washington).  They are free of charge and are available to anyone who is pregnant or has a child under three years of age.  Both mothers and fathers are encouraged to attend  Upon completion of class, parents will be rewarded with furniture items for their child.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Genesis is such a great organization that helps young mothers, children and families.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

After many years of trying to have a family and not being successful, a friend from work referred us to Genesis. We started volunteering and getting to know several people involved with Genesis. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and we finially felt like we weren't alone. I started teaching art classes to some of the clients served by Genesis and saw first hand the affect Genesis has on the community. Genesis helps so many woman, men, and children everyday. It is amazing to me how hard working and dedicated the staff and volunteers are to this organization. After waiting some time Genesis blessed us by matching us with a birth mother and helping us in the process to adopt a beautiful little boy. We can't thank Genesis enough for their remarkable efforts and the infinate amount of joy they have brought into our lives through the blessing of our son.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Genesis is such an outstanding organization, and because of this the people who work there are very busy. If I could change something I would give them more funding to hire additional people or find more people to donate their time.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough good things about Genesis of Pittsburgh. Within a week of submitting our application to adopt, we were matched with an expectant mother who was an amazing fit with us. During the period leading up to the birth, our social worker kept us fully informed of all developments, and even called to provide reassurance during a particularly stressful time.

Immediately after applying, we were also asked to participate in a volunteer capacity for a fundraiser Genesis was hosting. This allowed us to meet and interact with the other waiting couples, and with the staff on a very personal level. We felt this was extremely beneficial, because it kept us in touch with the agency, and occupied during an anxious time, and also allowed us to get to know the other couples, making them friends instead of "competition." This has the added benefit of our son growing up knowing other adopted children.

Most of all, we LOVED that Genesis offers service to help women parent their children, if they choose. This means that every woman has been thoroughly counseled on every course of action available to her. Because of this, those women are able to be more effective parents, and are given tools and education that allow them to really change their lives. It also means that the women who do decide that adoption is the best option for them, are very confident in their decisions, which is extremely reassuring to potential adoptive parents, especially in a state which has one of the longest revocation periods for the consent to adopt. Working with Genesis felt nothing like a business transaction, but as though the staff there genuinely cares about making families that are healthy and in the best interest of the child, always.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take advantage of advertising to make their services offered more well-known within the community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a great cause that i have contributed to for years. Keep me well informed on what's happening and opportunities to volunteer

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I are in the process of adopting a wonderful baby through Genesis. It has truly been an amazing process getting involved in this organization and meeting all of the people associated with it. Through our volunteer work we have met so many great people and we are really amazed by how much good this organization does all throughout the community. We are so fortunate to have been referred to this organization!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Personally, I feel that this organization is great, but probably understaffed. I wish that we had time to help out more, or they could hire more volunteers and full-time employees.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Genesis helped us adopt our infant son. The people who work there are wonderful and could not be more helpful and supportive. They change lives for the better. God Bless.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

We adopted our baby through Genesis of Pittsburgh. My husband and I also volunteer with this organization. One of the things I really like about Genesis is their personal touch. I felt like they know us and care about us-we are just a client or a donation to them. Genesis is like a family. I did not feel this way with other adoption agencies we investigated.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

Genesis is a wonderful organization that has done a lot of great things for the community. They have raised a lot of funds throughout the years which has resulted in: Genesis House helps provide housing and education for pregnant mothers in need. They assist with adoptions with the birth mothers and the volunteers which fulfill dreams of raising a healthy, happy baby. The volunteering & fund raising events that I have participated in have been very great experiences for me and my family. I have met a lot of very nice people throughout my journey with Genesis, which I will hold close to heart for eternity. Carole, Nancy & Tricia are the Angles of Genesis which makes the organization even more wonderful to be a part of. Love,
Brenda Stanley

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We are working through our third adoption with Genesis of Pittsburgh and can not express in words the happiness that Genesis has brought into my wife and I's lives. Our house is rarely quiet(usually in a good way) and it is through the kind hearts and hard work of Carole, Nancy and everyone involved with Genesis that it has been possible. They have a passion for their work which comes through, genuinely care about everyone involved in and with the organization and make you feel like a part of a large family within Genesis. ne of the great parts about Genesis is the bonds that you form with other adoptive families and the exposure to other adopted children that your own children receive. Very happy that we chose Genesis nearly 9 years ago as the agency that we went through our adoption journey with.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Miracles still come true. In 1991 and 1995 my wife and I were contacted by GENESIS of Pittsburgh Executive Director Carole McMahon for meetings to discuss our volunteer activities. Over several years we had Chaired the Furniture and Equipment program for the agency. We had Chaired several Adopted Family Fellowship Picnics and Breakfasts with Santa in Eastern Allegheny County. Both of us served as tutors in the Education Program to keep GENESIS residents up with their classmates. These two meetings were different than most. At the end of the 1991 meeting, Carole pulled out a set of footprints and said "I'll be back tomorrow with your son." After the 1995 meeting Carole said "I'll be back tomorrow with your daughter." These two magical sentences changed our lives forever. After years of trying to have children and to adopt children, these two sentences made us parents and created a family. GENESIS of Pittsburgh has spent over thirty years making dreams come true.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a volunteer tutor for Genesis House, I see the organization as a 'boost' for young women who've made some poor choices but want to do better. The House's and Center's commitment to making sure these young women finish their high school education and pursue further educational goals to enrich their lives makes it easy for me to volunteer my time and energy to help. Genesis provides tutoring and educational support not only for the women who come to them for a place to stay, but other women in the area who have a home but find they need a helping hand to finish school (or move on to the next level). I highly recommend getting to know Genesis better and supporting their ministry.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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