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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Religion

Mission: Offer hope for a new life to young women and girls involved in domestic minor sex trafficking in the south king county area.

Programs: 74 woman were provided a safe place to stay. Some have been taken to treatment centers. Some have been given further help to start a new life.

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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

I have worked for The Genesis Project for 2 years. From 2015-present. Seeing the transparency, and genuine kindness that all of the case managers have for the women and young girls that are helped is very humbling. The center is run by a staff of 5, and often, they are working long hours, sacrificing their personal time to get clients help. The process can be a long road for the girls.

The most important thing I can relay as as an employee is that girls are genuinely getting valuable resources, building positive relationships, and finding hope out of desperate circumstances. I see it on a daily basis, and truly believe in the work being done at GP.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I strongly believe in the work the Genesis Project does. Andy was exonerated in the FBI investigation, unfortunately the politics involved in this situation have made this a very personal attack on Andy and his family. I support GP and Andy 100% as our local legislators also do. I started working with GP on various projects in 2013 and there was a lot of he said/she said rumors. The bottom line is GP is open and helping girls and Andy was exonerated, the rest is just politics and spite. Those who come on here and bash GP/Andy clearly never had the best interest of the girls in their hearts or they wouldn't be doing that.....especially after being EXONERATED! I do not know the person who wrote the hateful spiteful message here but I hope she gets some mental health help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had a great Evening of Hope Dinner auction 2013 - over 200 in attendance and many generous donations to help The Genesis Project continue its work towards restoring victims of sex trafficking. Thank you all who attended and gave we are eternally grateful for your generosity!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow Sharon,

so much hate still inside of you. What you should be angry about is being used like a puppet from all those involved. You've been blinded by deception and are clueless to see it or even know that its happening. Now they have you making disparaging comments on anything that has GP's name on it. Who is the one "throwing stones" that would be you. Take a look at yourself, go back and read all of your hateful venomous posts then tell me how you are so full of love and respect. You have NO idea about any of the things you comment on, you only post what you are told to post by you know who. You have NO knowledge of any of the finances and no knowledge of anything GP. From what I was told after you quit you begged to come back to GP. I guess you are now exacting your revenge for that. Instead of pulling down one organization falsely (like your friends did) why don't you use your time and energy helping the girls with R.E.S.T.? In case you didn't know, the investigation revealed that everyone involved (your friends) falsely accused Andy with no evidence or proof!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I began volunteering with gp in 2011..as the project grew so did the positions for leadership. I found myself in a position of leadership in 2012. Things were going well until it became painfully evident that Andy was using the board, staff and volunteers to promote his own arrogance. It came to the attention of a few "insiders" that there were large amounts of cash that were unaccounted for. Not checks, not missing receipts. Large quantities of cash with no reasonable excuse for them ,missing. When asked about these things he flipped out creating ridiculous circumstances and outrageous religious doctrine to either have people removed or make it uncomfortable enough for good people to leave. Long time friends, volunteers, people with a passion for serving these girls were absolutely crushed by the behavior of Andy and his wife. There were multiple opportunities to reconcile...each more viciously rejected than the last and more insane. At one point he wanted to remove me from the position he and his wife put me in (at that time it had become a part time paid position...8 hrs a week....I volunteered an additional 20-30 hours per week. Sometimes more.) Because I wasn't married to my now husband. I found that out long after I left...The board disagreed with his attitude. He viciously refused to account for the missing funds throwing ridiculous accusations around while his wife was making insane phone calls to people she hadn't even met telling the they needed to "repent"..... so many horrible things have happened to wonderful kind -hearted people. Especially the two other officers who started this with Andy .. they both walked away. Two other wonderful, passionate and humble volunteers Laura maliciously attacked walked away. Laura is still creating drama in one of the woman's lives today. 6 months later..I could go on but the bottom line....these folks are nuts. The entire board walked away from GP within days of each other. A few days following that, Andy was placed on administrative leave and an FBI investigation was well under way.Several of us long time volunteers stepped away due to Laura's vicious nature about a week before the board members began resigning. Within two weeks gp had lost 12 or more vital components including movie producers and supporters. Every one who left, walked away quietly. Extremely disappointed and hurt, but quiet. At the end of the FBI investigation, The King County Sheriffs Dept. decided they will no longer be bringing any girls into the center. There were only 2 things asked of him from the beginning....1. Account for the missing money that was threatening the health, and transparency of our non profit and 2. Remove his wife from direct contact with gp business, staff or clients. Thinking about donating to a good cause? Check out www.iwantrest.com. don't waste your passion or your money with gp.

The above is my original post. GP Truth obviously wanted to use this site as a place for dialog. In response to that post I will say that I left quietly. I gave Andy an excuse to tell the staff....that I had gone back to my former employer. That was a lie. I was heartbroken to leave. Didn't want to leave....after all the work that went into getting it as far as we did I could not go further knowing that it was being threatened by Laura showing up to functions loaded (on pills) and late night drunk dials with explicit details of her intimacies with her husband, among other things. Andy asked the board member I was in contact with what it would take for me to stay. My response was for Laura to get help with her addictions or be removed from direct contact with GP staff or functions. "That spells divorce in my house" was the response I was given. I requested a meeting with andy and laura (this equates to "begging" i guess) he turned it into an interrogation about "secret agendas" and avoided my complaint at all costs. I fell apart. I sent them both individual emails. Imploring laura to get help and imploring andy to take responsibility and listen to his friends...Said some things I probably shouldn't have. Said some things I actually am sorry about. See, it didn't make sense to me to offer these girls freedom (many are addicts) and "hope for a new life" without at least offering it to him and his wife first. I poured myself into this work with as much love and integrity as I could muster, we all did. The board offered love and understanding but with boundaries to protect the work and our clients. None of anyones business until it put all that we worked for at risk. it's simple...get her some help or get her out of here. Andy had other things on his mind I guess. Apparently there were serious financial questions that he simply wouldn't answer. His lack of accountability put everyone at risk. Personally and professionally. All this was just the beginning of what was to come...a mass exodus. I had heard a few things about the finances but didn't have any idea how deep it all went. Some of those things were just recently revealed after months of drama. Why break my silence now? Because I received yet another drunk text from laura a couple of weeks ago. It reopened a healing wound. On what planet is that acceptable behavior? It's ok in her world to harass whomever she wants when ever she wants because andy will "fix it" and shields her from facing the consequences of her own actions. I haven't had anything to do with or say about any of this since I left 6 months ago. I figured since she continues to harass and the truth has never been revealed about this, I will put it out....you decide for yourself what you want to invest in. But that is the truth. I still hope she gets help for her "problem"(that's what andy calls it). oh...and this was the third time the guys had been to "the summit" about laura. not the first. and andy is a DUI cop....insanity and drama?...no thanks, i've had enough. Thank you GP Truth....I needed to realize there was a bit more to this story than I had previously mentioned. All I know is that this site says that "the most useful reviews are candid and personal." This is my experience. It is candid and it is personal. Nothing to gain, nothing to hide and nothing to lose. Just the raw ugly truth.

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