Summer Camp for Homeless Kids

 
$2,019
$7,981
Raised
Remaining
Mar 13, 2014

Send Our Kids to Summer Camp in 2014

5k to 40k
5k to 40k

Did you know...

Children who experience homelessness are sick twice as many times as other children, have four times the rate of asthma and suffer twice as many ear infections.[1]

To help homeless children beat the odds, Genesis Home created the “5K to $40K Challenge: On Your Mark. Get Set. Achieve!” as part of its participation in the 19th annual Great Human Race. The first $10,000 we raise will send all school-age Genesis Home children to summer camp. Any additional dollars we generate over $10,000 will go toward supporting other youth and family enrichment programs:

  • $10,000 to send every Genesis Home school-aged child to summer camp
  • $10,000 to provide after-scool tutoring for Genesis Home youth
  • $10,000 to provide health and wellness programs for Genesis Home families
  • $10,000 to provide direct service family enrichment programs

“Homelessness shouldn’t be a handicap for our young people,” said Genesis Home’s Executive Director Ryan J. Fehrman. “Supporting Genesis Home in the Great Human Race gives us the resources to ensure that all of our young people have the support and services that they need to be successful.”

Genesis Home is in its 25th year of working to end homelessness for families with children by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence. In 2013, the agency served an all-time high of 110 children through its three programs: Family Matters, Turning Point and Durham Circles of Support

For just $120, we can send one homeless child to summer camp for eight weeks. Please make a donation today and help homeless kids beat the odds. 

[1] Ellen L. Bassuk, MD, and Steven M. Friedman, Ph.D., Facts on Trauma and Homeless Children, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, http://www.nctsnet.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/promising_practices/Facts_on_Trauma_and_Homeless_Children.pdf (2005).

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Dec 20, 2013

Changing the Perception of Opportunity

GH Child
GH Child

Twenty-one strangers convene in an unfamiliar place. No cell phones, no TVs, no laptops. They are dropped in the woods late at night with only a map and a mission.

Although it sounds like the promo for a new reality television show, it was the reality for 21 incoming freshmen at Duke University. The nighttime challenge was only the start to an exhausting and exhilarating pre-orientation program in which a team of seven students would spend their week volunteering for Genesis Home.

Project Change, co-sponsored by the Duke Women’s Center and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, is an immersive leadership experience in which new students live, learn, and work in Durham.

Through the program, students compete with a team of peers and select a nonprofit to work with for one week to find ways to solve critical problems. 

“Genesis Home stood out because they change people’s lives rather than just giving them something,” said freshman Henry. “They help people change their perception of opportunity.”

On August 13, seven students commenced their work with Genesis Home. Their task: to educate downtown Durham businesses about Genesis Home and entice them to support the organization. Although many of the students had community service experience, corporate outreach was a new challenge.

“We learned that doing the educational part before the fundraising helped them be more receptive,” said freshman David . “The Play House toy store on 9th Street even helped get us an application to get diapers from the Diaper Bank of North Carolina.”

Freshman Jessica agreed. “I personally did not experience a single time a manager or owner refused to at least take one of our fliers. I think that shows how much people in Durham care about improving the community.”

By the end, the group connected with 38 downtown businesses and local organizations. In fact, one business owner turned out to be a former Genesis Home resident who shared her great appreciation for the students’ valuable work.

Project Change earned support from 21 percent of business owners and organizations – through Barrels of Joy, Houses of Hope or in-kind donations. Additionally, Genesis Home also has secured five more donations from local businesses thanks to leads from the students.

All 21 Project Change participants had the opportunity to share a meal with the families and spend the night at Genesis Home in a communal living space without any personal items or toiletries. They experienced, for a moment, what it might be like for new residents.

“Living in a communal living space, you can’t get away,” said David. “Families, even in times of stress, have to pull together.”

And that’s also what the students now see the community must do to end homelessness in Durham.

“A community cannot function well unless all its members are properly cared for,” said Jessica. “The misfortune of some affects us all. Genesis Home helps families get back on their feet.”

One way you can help our families get back on their feet is by supporting the children in our programs. The opportunity to go to summer camp each year gives our youth a fun and productive way to spend their days while allowing their parents/guardians the time they need to work toward independence and housing stability. Please consider making a donation today.

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Oct 1, 2013

A Glimpse into the Family Matters Program

Josh
Josh's Letter

"The Genesis Home is not for [homeless] people. It’s for people that need to [find] a home.”

-Josh, age 7 

Josh is right. Genesis Home isn’t just about providing shelter for homeless families.

It’s about empowering families to achieve housing stability.

When we found Josh’s letter in our archives, it reminded us just how powerful our youth enrichment efforts within the Family Matters program can be.

The goal of Family Matters is to help families identify and overcome the root causes of their homelessness, while taking a holistic approach to teaching life skills essential to obtaining and retaining permanent housing. That holistic approach includes providing youth enrichment programs for our Genesis Home children.

From summer camp at the YMCA to after-school tutoring and reading programs, we work to give our kids the tools they need to focus on academics, build confidence and learn skills that will help them both inside and outside the classroom. However, we would not be able to achieve these goals without our Genesis Home supporters who donate both their time and money. In fact, thanks to the efforts of fundraisers, volunteers and corporate sponsors, we raised nearly $25,000 for our youth enrichment programs and direct client assistance through the 2013 Great Human Race.

Former Genesis Home Board member and our 2013 Great Human Race Honorary Chair Barbara Smith said working with children during their stay at Genesis Home is paramount. “There’s a great amount of work done for the children at Genesis Home,” Barbara said. “They need a lot of help and support, and there are so many different programs at Genesis Home that achieve this with leadership and guidance from our family services coordinators and volunteers.”

Recent Genesis Home graduate Hafiza Marshall echoed that sentiment. She attributes her son Devon’s academic growth to our youth enrichment efforts, specifically the after-school tutoring program. “He’s made the honor roll,” said Hafiza. “Genesis Home gives you that little tap for you to go forward, but you end up pushing yourself forward.”

Thanks to your support, we are able to continue providing youth programs that empower our Genesis Home children to push themselves toward a bright future.

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Jul 9, 2013

Summer Camp & Beyond: Programs for Homeless Kids

Josh
Josh's Letter

“The Genesis Home is not for [homeless] people. It’s for people that need to [find] a home.”

-Josh, age 7

Josh is right. Genesis Home isn’t just about providing shelter for homeless families.

It’s about empowering families to achieve housing stability.

When we found Josh’s letter in our archives, it reminded us just how powerful our youth enrichment efforts within the Family Matters program can be.

The goal of Family Matters is to help families identify and overcome the root causes of their homelessness, while taking a holistic approach to teaching life skills essential to obtaining and retaining permanent housing. That holistic approach includes providing youth enrichment programs for our Genesis Home children.

From summer camp at the YMCA to after-school tutoring and reading programs, we work to give our kids the tools they need to focus on academics, build confidence and learn skills that will help them both inside and outside the classroom. However, we would not be able to achieve these goals without our Genesis Home supporters who donate both their time and money. In fact, thanks to the efforts of fundraisers, volunteers and corporate sponsors, we raised nearly $25,000 for our youth enrichment programs and direct client assistance through the 2013 Great Human Race.

Former Genesis Home Board member and our 2013 Great Human Race Honorary Chair Barbara Smith said working with children during their stay at Genesis Home is paramount. “There’s a great amount of work done for the children at Genesis Home,” Barbara said. “They need a lot of help and support, and there are so many different programs at Genesis Home that achieve this with leadership and guidance from our family services coordinators and volunteers.”

Recent Genesis Home graduate Hafiza Marshall echoed that sentiment. She attributes her son Devon’s academic growth to our youth enrichment efforts, specifically the after-school tutoring program. “He’s made the honor roll,” said Hafiza. “Genesis Home gives you that little tap for you to go forward, but you end up pushing yourself forward.”

Thanks to your support, we are able to continue providing youth programs that empower our Genesis Home children to push themselves toward a bright future.

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Apr 23, 2013

5k to $40k Challenge: Summer Camp Ahead

Team Genesis Home at the Great Human Race
Team Genesis Home at the Great Human Race

The walkers and runners may have crossed the finish line at the 2013 Great Human Race, but the challenge is just beginning at Genesis Home, a nonprofit working to end homelessness for families with children.

Genesis Home created the 5K to $40K Road to Enrichment Challenge as its fundraising campaign for the Great Human Race to support enrichment programs benefiting homeless children. To date, we have raised nearly $20,000 in online donations and corporate sponsorships.

The first hurdle in the challenge was to raise $10,000 to send all school-aged Genesis Home children to summer camp. Hafiza M., a recent Genesis Home graduate, shared how sending her son to summer camp last year made an impact on her family.

“It was exciting for the kids in the summer, and at the same time we were able to work on moving out of Genesis Home” said Hafiza. “They went every day. My son thinks he’s ready for the Olympics because he learned how to swim. Anywhere we go he’s like, ‘Mama, do they have a pool? Well, you know I can swim now!’”

Genesis Home will continue the challenge until it reaches the $40,000 goal. For every $10,000 raised, the funds will go toward the following programs:

  • $10,000: Sends every Genesis Home school-aged child to summer camp. (Achieved)
  • $20,000: Provides after-school tutoring.
  • $30,000: Provides health and wellness programs.
  • $40,000: Provides direct-service family enrichment programs.
Tutoring
Tutoring

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Genesis Home

Durham,, NC, United States
http://www.genesishome.org

Project Leader

Dianne Pledger

Director of Development
Durham, NC United States

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