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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

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.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

almost 6 years ago I was pregnant with my son, also a single mother. I was looking for parenting classes for free and came upon the Genesis center. This organization helped me so much to this day I still donate to them. Not only do they help single mothers like me but they also house pregnant women who are homeless. This is a great non profit for women.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Genesis of Pittsburgh arranged my adoption. My birth mother was in college when she got pregnant with me. Genesis provided her with the resources she needed during that time and helped her place me up for adoption. They did a wonderful job placing me with an adoptive family that gave me a great upbringing, and no one would even guess I am adopted because I look so much like my adoptive mother. When I was 7 they helped my adoptive parents by doing some of the work needed to help them adopt a set of siblings from an orphanage in Poland. I have since met my birth parents, and I think I have probably had one of the best possible experiences as an adoptee.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Felicia D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Genesis has helped myself and husband and children a lot I would like to personal thank them! when I was pregnant I took classes at genesis and earned a crib. If it wasn't for the classes I wouldn't have learned child CPR and adult CRP my husband and I are very grateful for everything they helped and did for us!

Thanks Again

1 Laura C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived at Genesis about three years ago. I was pregnant, homeless, and had no true source of income. I was also new in recovery and therefore needed a lot of support and encouragement. Genesis helped me in so many ways. First and foremost, they put a roof over my head but they were also very caring and willing to do anything to help as long as I was also willing to do anything to help myself . The parenting center prepared me so much for a newborn and instilled techniques and characteristics in me that continue to make me a good mother today. I am now 2.5 years clean, employed full time, have my bachelors and excited for the future! My daughter just turned two and I know if i walked into The Genesis Center tomorrow needing help I would be greeted with open arms. Donating to Genesis of Pittsburgh doesn't only help a pregnant woman in need, it will also greatly effect the life inside her and how mother and child relate and interact with each other for a lifetime. Honestly, I hope one day I can give back to them for all they did for me and my daughter. Truely Thankful, Laura and Kiah

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

In May 2011 I moved into the Genesis house which provides housing, support and parenting skills to expecting mothers in need. I had just gone through detoxification for drug addiction when I found out I was pregnant. Expectedly, my family was at wits end with my use and was no longer willing to support me. Genesis took me in when I literally had nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Honestly, my experience here at Genesis has been very rewarding and constructive. The staff here has helped me to help myself become a better person, as well as make good, stable life decisions for myself and soon to arrive daughter. They have assisted me in staying clean and setting up all the support I need to continue living on the right path. Additionally, they have assisted me in finding permanent housing so that when my daughter is born I do not have to worry about her not having a roof over her head. The educational classes offered by Genesis have given me the information I need in order to have positive experiences and outcomes as a parent. Being a first time parent is scary enough without having all kinds of obstacles and traps in your way; but with the support and encouragement of the women at Genesis, I have found that it is possible to get through struggles and stressful circumstances and come out on top. I am very thankful for Genesis and all those who donate to and assist them in making a difference in the lives of women such as myself.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Genesis and their staff helped me prepare for motherhodd as well as treating me with respect in all areas I am a single mother who is as recovering addict,. I have 16 months clean and my son is a healthy 8 month old who is happy,loved, and well cared for due to the help I received through them I was able to earn a crib and mattress as well as a car seat in which being a single mother would be hard to provide right away. This program offers hope to women and their children!!! Thank you Genesis you made a difference in my life as well as my sons!!! Greatly appreciated!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Erin45

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.