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August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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I was able to do my internship with Genesis of Pittsburgh this summer and I feel that I have grown both personally and professionally. My supervisor, Amanda Newill, challenged me to maintain and protect the integrity of the clients at all times, allowed me to teach parenting classes, encouraged me through difficult client situations and spent time educating me on pregnancy and parenthood. I had the opportunity to spend quality one on one time with clients, and educated them on decision-making and relationship skills. While most of my internship was spent with clients and with Amanda, I had the opportunity to have many interactions with the other Genesis employees, all of whom genuinely care for each client that walks through the door. I could not have asked for a better internship or served under a better organization.

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my professional and personal life. Professionally, I learned the importance of client confidentiality in and out of the workplace. Personally, I learned new ways to interact and find even more compassion for clients with perspectives different than my own.

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want them to have more employees for interns to intern under so that even more interns could be able to serve at Genesis of Pittsburgh!

August 3, 2011
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August 3, 2011
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This is a great organization! As a first time mom, not living near family (as they are across the state) this organization truly helped me prepare for motherhood. The classes were extremely helpful. My boyfriend and I learned so much, and I think we finally feel a little prepared for our new bundle of joy. We cannot begin to say how grateful we are for the Brand new rewards program, where we earned enough "baby bucks" for a brand new crib and carseat! That completely lifted a huge weight off our shoulders. Thank you so much Genesis of Pittsburgh!

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my life.

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change nothing.

May 17, 2011

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May 17, 2011

My husband and I became involved weith Genesis about 6 years ago when we started to explore their services as a certified adoption agency. We were, and continue to be, greatly impressed with Carole McMahon, Director of Genesis as well as the rest of the Genesis staff. The fact that they provide housing, tutoring, parenting classes and other vital services to women who are facing unplanned pregnancies at no cost to the mothers is so helpful and important in this economy. They offer encouragement to the women that they may not be receiving from their family or friends. They offer education programs so young women still in school can continue to learn throughout their pregnancy.


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I have seen many babies and children placed for adoption in loving homes with wonderful parents. One of the goals of Genesis is to help create happy and stable families, whether it be through parenting or through adoption plans with a waiting family. My husband and I are still a waiting couple, but know and trust that Genesis will find a perfect match for a newborn or child to be brought into our family. We are anxiously waiting!

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More advertising of the services they offer, especially adoption, through churches, flyers, publications, etc. I would like to see adoption promoted more often.

May 16, 2011

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May 16, 2011

I recently lost my job and shortly after my husband and I found out we were expecting. I was very overwhelmed and anxious thinking of how we would make ends meet to care for our newborn. I was referred to the Genesis Center and was pleasantly surprised by the services they provided as well as the manner in which it is done. I enjoyed the classes that were offered and although I have experienced motherhood in the past, I learned so many new things that have helped me with my newborn. I earned points in the Baby Bucks program that have allowed me to provide for my baby- including a brand new crib- that without this program I do not think could have been done. The staff members and instructors are very professional and knowledgeable. A wonderful experience from a well needed agency, I have already referred more expecting moms to it!

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the fact that I now have a very happy and safe 2 month old baby. I learned techniques that could not have been attained from anywhere else. I have also been able to cloth myself and my newborn with articles of clothing recieved from this agency. I have learned coping methods, newborn care and even birthing techniques that have made the process a smoother and very enjoyable one. Along with the emotional side this agency has helped my family financially as well.

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

Offer more classes for post partum mothers.

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

Genesis of Pittsburgh is a great place for pregnant women in need (and their families). They offer a fabulous program and support. It's like you are in a big family and not only a client.

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April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I have been watching the blessings that Genesis bestows for the last 16 yrs as I have been watching our dear friends' children grow....adopted thru Genesis. It became completely personal 5 1/2 yrs ago when my family was given the incredible honor of being foster parents for Genesis which normally is about a 1 - 2 week commitment at birth. Without going into too much detail, 2 wks became 2 1/2 mos and at that time our "foster" child went to live with the birth mom for about 1 1/2 mos. She asked us to babysit for the weekend after that and our child has never left our home since then. A sweet young woman gave birth to our child, but due to drug addictions, lack of positive role models, and no self esteem; she was in no position to keep . She made the most brave and unselfish decision that I could possibly imagine. .... She told Genesis that she would put the baby up for adoption if "we" .... or family... would adopt this beautiful baby. This was not our initial plan for the next phase of our life with 4 older children already, but oh boy ! God has such a better plan for our lives than we could possibly imagine. He put this wonderful gift of another child in our lives.... you cannot convince me His plan was not this since the beginning of time. My thanks , my respect , my love, for Genesis is impossible for me to put into writing, but our story says it all.

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Our family daily experiences the results of the love and commitment that Genesis has for these young women and their unborn children thru our child.

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I truly cannot think of anything I would change about Genesis of Pgh. The vision of Carol and Nancy is amazing.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

My husband Ed and I cannot say enough about how Carol, Nancy and the board of Genesis four+ years ago helped make the adoption process so comfortable. We became members of Genesis back in the fall of '04. Since the beginning of our membership, we were welcomed with open arms by Carol and Nancy, plus the other couples that were already members. Although the wait was tough (we wanted a baby so bad), we volunteered and before we knew it, November 23rd, 2006 we were placed with our son!
We were able to meet the birth mother in Carol's office before Tommy was born. Ed and I were obviously very nervous about meeting her, but when we walked in and saw Carol smile and introduce us, all the nervousness disappeared. We actually spent an hour talking to the birth mom!
The day Tommy was born, we were asked by the birth mom to come to the hospital because as the birth mom put it, "he is your son". The first time I held him, I can't explain all the emotions I experienced. I couldn't believe it that this young woman just gave me the most precious gift that I wanted. Carole made the whole process of being in the hospital with the birth mom and maternal grandparents, comfortable. I still to this day, say a prayer for the birth mom on Mothers Day and Tommy's birthday.
Now, Tommy is 4 1/2. Without Genesis, Carol, Nancy and everyone else that was involved, Ed and I wouldn't be where we are today. When I tell people our experience of the whole adoption process through Genesis, they can't believe it. The cost of the whole adoption process and the relatively short amount of time we had to wait, is unusual compared to other adoption agencies. Thank you Carol and Nancy for completing our family. We will never forget what you have done for us! Ed, Andrea and Tommy Vidra

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Ed and I were placed with our son when he was born, November 23rd, 2006.

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Bring back the monthly meetings for the waiting couples.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

Genesis provides an amazing service to both mothers with small children and adoptive families.
To be a part of Genesis is to be a part of a large family. Everyone involved is very loving and caring. At any event that I have been to I have felt welcomed and part of the group.
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provides such wonderful services to pregnant women and women with small children. They provide exceptional educational classes and provide cribs, car seats, clothes, etc.
Genesis also provides great support to the families that are waiting to adopt a child and they also continue to support the families that have adopted children long after the adoption is final.
Genesis is the type of agency that you will always want to be a part of!

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The wonderful feeling that I get knowing that I am helping women and their children get the education and services that they need to have a brighter future.

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Not a thing!

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I consider Genesis of Pittsburgh to be one of the most remarkable charitable oganizations I know. Genesis helps young women with unexpected pregnancies who may have nowhere else to turn and guides and nurtures them through the entire process from pregnancy through childbirth and beyond. Genesis also finds loving homes for babies whose mothers for various reasons have decided they cannot keep their babies. Genesis helps the mothers, their babies and other members of the family as well as adoptive families every step of the way with support, personal care and counseling, education, and baby clothing and equipment. The staff and volunteers at genesis are extremely caring and untiring in their efforts to serve mothers and children.

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Hearing the testimony of young women wh have been served by Genesis and by seeing the happiness of parents who have adopted children through Genesis.

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work to make sure more people know about the wondeful services Genesis provides.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Genesis of Pittsburgh, Inc. is an exceptional non-profit organization which is centered around the protection of and development of women and children within the Pittsburgh community. Genesis offers life-affirming support services to young women who are in need within the community, teaching young women how to make positive and healthy decisions concerning their own health, the health of their unborn child (or their young children), and guiding the women, through challenging times in their lives. In the 4 years that my husband and I have volunteered for Genesis, we have observed Executive Director Carole McMahon and her wonderful team of associate directors work miracles in providing supportive care to young women who, through the assistance of Genesis, have been given a place to stay during their pregnancy and who have subsequently obtained their own housing (with the support of Genesis) to either raise their children (or give their children to a loving adoptive family) and to continue their education so that they may become self-sufficient and abandon any unhealthy habits, including drug addiction or abusive relationships. The compassionate staff of Genesis has changed the lives of hundreds of young women, who stay close to Genesis as they grow older and their children have children. Genesis works miracles everyday and in their great works, provides young women with a safe haven in which to grow, develop and, in many cases, turn their lives around. Any young woman in the community who is in need can walk into Genesis' open door and experience the life-changing support provided to them by the social services of this outstanding organization. It is our pleasure to be associated with Genesis of Pittsburgh and in particular Executive Director Carole McMahon, Nancy Egbert, and Trisha Randecker. We have obtained great fulfillment in seeing young women turn their lives around with the assistance of Genesis and without a doubt we will continue to support the organization through our time and resources.

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I have observed a young woman who lived in the Genesis house, who was only a H.S. senior and was pregnant. Her family had abandoned her. Thanks to the counseling provided by Genesis and being allowed the time to live in the Genesis House and to reflect, she was able to return to H.S. and plan for college. When she left Genesis, she was on the road to developing herself while assuring the health of her child. Genesis changed the life of this young woman forever.

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My husband and I wish that the organization could have even more resources available so that they could add to their team and expand their supportive services. We are aware that they are working on this endeavor, and they are expanding their facilities to provide for educational soft-skill and parenting training opportunities for the young women. We hope that they can continue to expand and grow and to develop their sphere of influence in the community.

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