300 North Queen Street
P O Box 25426
919 683 5878 x 22
Fehrman, Ryan, McGuigan, Mary, Denning, Claire
Tasha Melvin, Ann Tropiano, Ryan Fehrman, Dianne Pledger, Fehrman, Ryan, McGuigan, Mary, Denning, Claire
Genesis Home works to end homelessness for families with children and young adults by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence.
Genesis Home supports three programs that service homeless families with children and young adults in the Durham community. We provide quality transitional shelter and support for families through our original program, Family Matters. We also support five families whose head of household have a diagnosed disability with ongoing case management and rental assistance through our Turning Point program. Modeled after the Housing First initiatives outlined in Durham's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Genesis Home's Turning Point Program moves our services beyond the shelter walls and into the larger Durham community. This program is predicated upon the belief that when a family's housing is stable and secure, the family can begin to regain self-confidence and control. The Circles of Support Program matches local congregations and civic groups with recently housed families to provide lay support and assistance. Circles of Support (CoS), support circles, matches local congregations or civic groups to formerly homeless families or individuals to provide lay support and assistance.
Through our primary program, Family Matters, Genesis Home staff work with each family to identify the root cause of their homelessness and help them to overcome those issues by building on their strengths and turning obstacles into opportunities. Upon entering the Family Matters program, each family completes a vision plan that outlines specific goals that they hope to accomplish before graduating from Genesis Home. Once the vision plan is established, case management staff assists the family with breaking down their long-term goals into short-term, measurable steps. Once the measurable steps are outlined, the case managers meet with the family each week to evaluate their progress and assist with eliminating barriers to success. The average length of stay for most Family Matters clients is six months, but families can stay for up to two years if necessary. During this time, each family participates in weekly case management meetings, as well as seminars or personal counseling sessions on issues such as budgeting and finance, anger management, overcoming addictions, domestic violence and abuse, encouraging appropriate familial relationships, and healthy living.
Circles of Support:
Between 2009-2010 the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness (currently Opening Doors) identified the need for families and individuals leaving homelessness to have ongoing community and congregational support as they transition to permanent housing. Participants in the Council to End Homelessness in Durham (CEHD) who were crucial in working to implement the goals of the TYP by providing housing and services to homeless families and individuals, wholeheartedly agreed that this was a critical need. As a result, a partnership formed between several homeless services providers in 2010 with Genesis Home taking the lead in coordinating the Durham Circles of Support (CoS) program which invites congregations and civic groups to make a formal commitment to support those transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. CEHD and the TYP staff agreed that the program would serve as an important addition to Durham's continuum of care in a time of historic need. A decision was made by the committee that the program would be housed at Genesis Home and governed by its board of directors, but will be a collaborative effort of all homeless service providers wishing to participate and would be supported by CEHD and the TYP. This continues to be true.
Currently, the CoS program coordinators meet monthly with Housing for New Hope's Coordinated Intake Advisory committee to discuss the collaboration and partnership. Additionally, quarterly meetings are scheduled with the partner agencies (Housing for New Hope, Urban Ministries of Durham, and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network) to ensure necessary improvements to the program are always being made. CoS has also been presented and is acknowledged by Durham Congregations in Action to provide support to homeless households transitioning to permanent housing. Starting in 2014, DurhamCares has identified the CoS program as the best practice to help families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and in to permanent housing using community support.