Inspiring Us This Week: Genesis House

The Genesis House in Siloam Springs is a day shelter for people who have fallen on difficult times and find themselves homeless, near homeless, or at risk to become homeless. The shelter also funds an emergency shelter program that allows individuals to have a safe place to stay at night. The Genesis House is on the front lines of crisis for these individuals, families and children and works with them hand in hand to overcome obstacles as they strive towards self sufficiency. Check out this heartfelt story portraying exactly why the Genesis is “Inspiring Us This Week”, and every week.

One chronically homeless man has been a success story at Genesis House, this past year. He has had a multitude of problems including being homeless, having been arrested, having no food, basic needs or transportation in addition to having medical problems. Genesis House has adopted this man and circled him with love and support. A Board member helped him with transportation and obtaining legal help. We were able to take care of his basic needs (food, shower, laundry, taxi service, clothes, etc.). Our ultimate goal is to put him on a bus to return to California, where he is from,  to be closer to his family. The Director has given him clothes and shoes and the Case Workers have counseled him on how to plug-into mainstream services. His mental, physical and spiritual health has improved during his time at Genesis House. United Way’s monthly donation allows us to have the operating funds to take care of this type of client. Our success story is United Way’s success story. GENESIS HOUSE 2

Last year, Genesis House had 2,451 clients visit the Homeless Day Care Center, including 927 first time homeless individuals, 356 of whom were children. The agency was able to assist 230 people with emergency shelter that equates to 1,356 nights of shelter for these individuals and children.

The Genesis house assisted over 400 homeless children in the last 2 year with outreach in Benton County to over 1,000 children.  This past year the Genesis House assisted children from 452 families in receiving diapers for their children through the United Way of Northwest Arkansas Diaper Bank.

If you’re interested in helping this program, so that you can assist individuals like this as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do

$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

A a motel stay (emergency shelter) for one week for a homeless family and/or for an at-isk for homeless family.

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

A two week motel stay (emergency shelter) or will pay a month’s rent in an apartment eviction (homeless prevention),

$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

A four week motel stay or two month’s rent or for Genesis House day-care food for a month.