Genesis shelter has so many problems that it boggles the mind.
The shelter has "policies" that conflict with the best interests of the children and families it serves.
Example 1.) If a parent enters the shelter with a newborn, obviously childcare is the first priority to attain self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, the onsite daycare is off-limits for new residents to enroll their children. These new parents are placed on a long waiting list for childcare, however the policies require residents to job search as a requirement of their stay immediately upon entering. (How can a person job search and attend interviews with a newborn child in tow?? Hmmm...)
Example 2.) The shelter has a policy of requiring resident parents to leave the building from 9:30am to 3pm everyday. This is regardless of if the weather is raining cats and dogs. Picture this...a parent being booted out in the rain with a newborn baby. This is a recipe for disaster for the new baby as well as the still healing mother. As we all know, a newborn does not have a fully developed system to withstand the harsh elements of rain, sleet, snow, cold windy weather, etc for long periods of time.
Example 3.) Shelter policies require parents to complete chores as a requirement of their stay. This is normally the case at most shelters, however Genesis shelter never has enough tools (brooms, mops, dust pans, etc) to complete the chores efficiently. Due to the refusal of the shelter directors to spend a few bucks on necessary cleaning supplies, resident parents have been known to sweep up entire floors and resort to picking up the unsanitary trash with their hands and scraps of printer paper as makeshift dust pans. This is a blatant health hazard. If donors are providing the funds to this shelter to purchase needed items, couldn't shelter personnel use a mere $10 or $20 dollars of donor funds and purchase cleaning supplies? If other donors realized the unsanitary nature of this shelter and how their funds are being misused, donations would dry up or heads would roll.
In conclusion, before donating your hard earned money to Genesis "New Life" shelter, take a few moments to catch a few of the parents who actually used the "services" of Genesis Shelter instead of receiving the PR spiel from the talking head directors and staff members. You will be surprised at what you may hear and see.
A former donor
Review from Guidestar