All Stacey had was her children and the clothes on their backs when the walked into Genesis Home. She left her home after discovering her children’s father had staged a robbery in their apartment to steal the rent money for his drug habit. It was one more time the rent wouldn’t be paid, the lights or water would be turned off because the money had gone to buy drugs. Stacey was 22 years old.
Stacey had learned to be independent while in the foster care system where she always made her own way. At Genesis Home, Stacey was assigned a case manager to give her help she was not used to having. “It was a time for me to swallow my pride, be in a transitional setting, look at my own life and the lives of other resident families, and make the decision to never be in this situation again. I didn’t see myself as a victim; I saw it as my time for growth. I could have let life knock me down, but I used this time as a stepping stone,” Stacey explained.
She added, “This wasn’t just a home or a safe refuge; this was place to help me figure out where I was going. Working with the staff, we found a safe apartment to go to, organized child care vouchers, and put a financial plan in place to help me manage my budget. “
Genesis Home works to end homelessness for families with children by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence. Genesis Home envisions a community in which everyone lives in safe and sustainable communities and shows compassion to neighbors in need.
Always a hard worker, Stacey set her sights on becoming an attorney. She earned her G.E.D. and put herself through community college. She currently works full-time as an office coordinator while taking criminal justice courses at night and on the weekends. Once she graduates she’ll head to law school.
But Stacey has not left Genesis Home behind. As part of her college internship, she volunteers at Genesis Home. She shares her story of when she was a resident there and hopes to serve as an example to those at the facility.
“My philosophy is that whatever you do in life comes back full circle, so do it to your best ability and always make extra strides to make it better. Everything we do affects our future and that of our children. When we make mistakes, we have to shake them off, learn from them and grow. Take everything you have learned and adjust it to make your life even better,” Stacey says.
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