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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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Genesis office in Washington Pennsylvania has very caring and excellent, knowledgeable staff who are extremely committed to helping the clients that they serve

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Lying, manipulative baby stealers who prey on naive, scared young women.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An organization that truly walks the walk! I found out about them thru my brother who bought their raffle tickets for me (I won $100!!). Genesis gives practical, concrete help to expectant mothers and families in need with counseling, prenatal classes, adoption, foster care. I wish I'd heard of them sooner. I admire people who take constructive action and don't just talk. Such a worthwhile charity. Thanks Genesis for all the good you do.

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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My husband and I attended classes at the Learning center at Genesis prior to the birth of our daughter and we found them to be very informational and extreemly helpful. There are so many things that we learned that I believe already mothers would not think to tell new mommys cause its just second nature to them.

1 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

2 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

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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.

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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!!

2 Lauren58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Genesis of Pittsburgh helped my husband and I become a family through their adoption services. We have volunteered for Genesis and always felt a feeling of family at every event. It just seems to be woven into the fibers that make up Genesis of Pittsburgh. No one is ever turned away and help always seems to multiply to make the lives of children and families so much better for having used Genesis' services. Genesis of Pittsburgh helped us realize our dreams to become parents and brought 4 very special children into our lives. For this and so many other reasons, Genesis will always hold a special place in our hearts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for many years off and on, in many capacities. Services are given to EVERYONE that needs them and in the best and most professional ways. No client is ever turned away. Professional people of all arenas come together and give of themselves for the full benefit of the client, and always with understanding and compassion.

This organization is the most giving I have ever worked with as everyone has and shows their passion in what they are doing.

2 Judy77

Donor

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the breadth and depth of services that Genesis provides to young pregnant women in crisis. I had no idea of how many ways they help service the women they work with; from continuing education and tutoring, to parenting classes and daily living skills. I especially like their emphasis on young mothers earning things they cannot afford through educational programming hours they attend. Kudos Genesis!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Genesis of Pittsburgh was invited to our Church for a baby shower for their organization. The speaker who is also the director presented an inspiration talk about the good works of Genesis House. The support Genesis of Pittsburgh gives to the community is outstanding. They are a light in the darkness for individuals who need their help. I give them 5 stars and a prayer that they continue in their mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

3 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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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Genesis of Pittsburgh Inc. has provided my family with so many special gifts. First, it helped us understand that there are many ways to become a family. They provided us with hope, understanding and knowledge about the journey of adoption. Nancy and Carol have dedicated themselves to helping mothers make the decisions that are right for them and their child. They provide these mothers with a safe place to live during their pregnancy and often knowledge,skills and even supplies to be a parent. When the birth mother decides that they are unable to parent they help them to be comfortable and enter into an adoption that they feel is best for the child they brought into this world. My family is blessed with 2 children that we adopted through Genisis. We are thankful for this orgination and the part they have played in so many lives. We are lucky enough to be mom and dad because of Genesis of Pittsburgh Inc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Genesis of Pittsburgh over 30 yrs and have seen support that Genesis offers to individuals to be life changing. Being young , pregnant, scared and no where to go with no money can be very devastating. Genesis is there with no questions asked to take these girls by the hand and offer support such as shelter, food, medical assistance, counseling to help them make the decision as to keep their babies or if they choose to place them with a loving family in the event they cannot care for them. We happen to be a family who was lucky enough to take in a beautiful baby boy 25 yrs ago. We know how hard it was for the mom to give up her precious baby. Genesis was there for her to help assist her before , during and after the baby was born. She was able to go on with her life knowing her baby would have a good home. We want to thank Genesis for all the great things they do in helping these young Moms find their way and for putting smiles on the many faces of families who were not able to have children of their own.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only did Genesis help me give up a baby I had when I was a teenager too young to care for it, when I got my first apartment at age 17 they furnished it for me for free. And years later when I was ready to start a family, they gave me everything I needed for all three of my boys including furniture, clothes, food, toys, coats at Christmas. Every chance I get, I give back because I know everything goes to who really needs it and appreciates it. Nothing goes to waste. They make such a difference, and I will never forget them! I recommend them to everyone in need and ask that friends and family donate to them every chance I get.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the priveledge of tutoring young pregnant mothers who were residing at Genesis House. The staff at Genesis were wonderful to work with and the teenage girls were a delight. The experience as a whole was very rewarding. I also had the opportunity to assist with planning some of their annual golf outings. The event was very successful and provided much needed money for the agency to help young women in need. This opportunity was also very rewarding as well as fun!

3 Laurette M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I hoped to build our family through adoption and had heard wonderful things about Genesis of Pittsburgh.

We liked the idea that Genesis depended on prospective adoptive couples like us to volunteer their time and services to the organization. The folks at Genesis wanted to get to know us so that they could make the best possible match for everyone involved.

My husband and I jumped into Genesis with both feet. We rolled up our sleeves and worked on fundraisers, organized an adoptive family picnic, helped out with fashion shows, baked special treats for the girls living at the House and stuffed envelopes. We did everything and anything. We made so many friends and we felt that we might be making an impact — making a difference in the lives of these young women.

Through our work with Genesis, we started to see adoption from the birthmothers’ point of view. These young women absolutely love their babies and always will.

We were overwhelmed with the commitment, time and energy that the Genesis staff gave to all the young women, children and families in need of help.

We finally became a family, thanks to Genesis. We adopted our son almost 11 years ago. We continue to be involved with this amazing organization and always will.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with Genesis of Pittsburgh in an educational basis. I hold an educational program for expectant mother's / parents to learn that they have options concerning their baby's cord blood. The staff at Genesis of Pittsburgh has always been gracious and very helpful when I have had interaction with them. They are very dedicated to the education of the expectant mother's / parents that they work with. It is a pleasure to be around them and work along side them.

2 Erica J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Genesis changed our lives forever! We adopted our beautiful baby girl in 2009. Many of the vounteers that we have met along the way we still keep in touch with and consider many of them and their adopted children part of our extended family! We had the pleasure and privilege to get to know the Genesis staff very well. carole, Nancy and Tricia were so helpful, understanding and very compassionate through the whole process. I would highly reccommend volunteering for Genesis. The rewards of helping them is truly amazing!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started volunteering with Genesis about 5 years ago when we decided we wanted to adopt a baby. We have met alot of lifelong friends that are very dear to us along the way. They are people that have been through what we have with infertility and it is so nice to have such a wonderful support group. Not only did we benefit throogh Genesis by adopting our beautiful little girl we got to help a wonderful organization. Our daughter is now 21 months old and we are still involved with the genesis family. Carole, Nancy and Tricia couldn't be more helpful. Carole is referred to as an "angel" in our family.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Genesis for over 25 years. My nephew, Dan, was adopted through Genesis and he just turned 25 in April! Subsequently, years later, I found that I too could not have children, so both of my children, Christina 17 and Anthony 15 are adopted through Genesis. This organization is amazing to say the least. They are very pro-active to change as the needs of the girls change. I have the privilege of tutoring and counseling some of the girls in the program. The girls are the priority and they are treated with respect, dignity and love. They have made the choice to complete their pregnancy against all odds, whether they choose to parent or place for adoption. That is very brave and hard place to be. Genesis is by their side every step of the way from, housing, to tutoring, to parenting classes to providing clothing, food, diapers, car seats and cribs. They are supported physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. I have been proud to be a part of this organization and continue to see the fruits of their love every time I am there. Your support of this organization will help to create a legacy that goes way beyond your highest expectations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Genesis for 24 years in varying capacities. I have been a volunteer, an adoptive parent and most recently on the Board of Directors. it is difficult to put into a few words the impact Genesis has made on my life, my families life and the clients it serves. I have two beautiful teenagers that I adopted through Genesis as babies just a few days old. What a blessing in our lives. I have counseled many girls over the year in various capacities. Some have chosen to parent their children, while others choose to place their children for adoption. The gratitude they express to Genesis fills my heart. From housing, to education, to counseling, to supplies, to lifelong friendships. Just last year (2010) Genesis Counseled 5200 girls!!!! We will never know the complete impact this organization has had on individuals and families this side of heaven. I am honored to serve on the board of an organization with such love, compassion and integrity. I look forward to maybe serving you in the future!

2 Jennifer Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My father and I worked with this company for years. We've done everything from pick-ups, remolding their kitchen, to sometimes having the opportunity to spend time with the girls. Genesis has also helped me in my personal life by assisting a friend of mine with donations. Genesis is a wonderful organization ran by people who genuinely care about the support they provide. Genesis is by far one of my favorite oganizations out there, mostly due to the fact they have never deviated from a personal plan of an action with the girls they assist. If your are in need of help, or are looking for a place to invest your time and your money to a good purpose, genesis is a great place to deem success. Not to mention how essential they are to modern society.
Jennifer Zokaites

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became pregnant with my first Child in February of 2011. In 2008 I had lived in an Apartment building behind the center, and they came to mind when I found out I was going to have a baby. My Husband and I turned to them looking for help with obtaining a crib, car seat, and other supplies for my child. My Husband and I faithfully took classes there and where rewarded "baby bucks" for our participation. We received so many things from them including a brand new car seat, crib, and crib mattress. The Classes provided us with the knowledge we didn't have in order to be great parents. Genesis made a huge difference in my life. Without them I don't know what we would have done!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!