My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Genesis Home, Durham, NC, USA
For over two decades, Genesis Home has been a core institution in downtown Durham, North Carolina serving families and children in need of a safe and secure place to call home. The founders, staff, donors, advocates, and residents of Genesis Home have built a strong infrastructure which we draw upon as we move forward with our mission to end homelessness in our community and beyond.
The largest of our programs, Family Matters, seeks to pinpoint the root causes of homelessness while implementing a family-centered training and capacity-building model that will move our families toward independent housing. A second program, Turning Point, targets adults diagnosed with a disability. This off-site program offers rental assistance and supportive services designed for the specific needs of families. By focusing on families, case managers are more holistic in their thinking about the ways in which disabilities impact more than just the individual. Genesis Home’s newest program, Circles of Support, matches formerly homeless families with a group of individuals from local congregations and civic organizations. These networks provide a much needed safety net for families who have moved into permanent housing and come upon the various barriers to housing stability that may arise over time.
An exciting feature of programming at Genesis Home is the system of measurement and evaluation of program goals and outcomes being developed by a group of mental health, social work, nursing, education, and housing researchers. Genesis Home is on track to become an organization distinguished by evidence-based programming that can be used as a model beyond Durham.
Programming success at Genesis Home would not be possible without the wonderful efforts of the passionate and dedicated individuals of our development team. That old saying, ‘it’s easy to sell something that you believe in,’ comes to mind when I reflect on my time on the Board. Never have I come across a group of individuals who come from such diverse backgrounds and experiences and believe in a common cause—to end homelessness. From staff to Board members to hundreds of volunteers and residents, I am often energized by the lengths that individuals go in supporting our mission. I can say from experience that spreading the word about Genesis Home is contagious.
In the past several years, Durham has consistently been rated as one of the best places to live in the U.S. We, at Genesis Home, believe in making Durham not only a great place to live but also one that is full of individuals committed to building a solid community while enhancing the lives of families for generations to come.
Sherri Lawson Clark
President of the Board of Directors