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Genesis of Pittsburgh Inc.

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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

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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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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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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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!

2 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.

1 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.

1 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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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.

Karen L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.


Jennifer W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.
Genesis 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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I completed an internship at Genesis a few years ago and fell in love with the people who work there, the services they offer, and the clients they serve. I loved it so much I have continued to reach out and do what I can to help them meet their goals in my own work in children services. To me, Genesis is about compassion and service. I applaud their ability to keep the needs of the women and children they serve foremost in their various policies and programs.

Tammy D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Genesis is a terrific agency who helps woman in need. I volunteered many years with this agency. Without them, we would have not had a family. We adopted our beautiful daughter through Genesis. We thank God everyday for the dedication of the staff and also for our daughter's birthparents.