Students who attended speciality camps in Durham
For over twenty-five years we have provided shelter and services to hundreds of families and on average have 30-35 children (with 20 school age children) living in our transitional shelter in downtown Durham. We have operated at capacity for the last five years to meet the unprecedented need resulting from the “Great Recession”. We currently house up to fifteen families at a time.
Genesis Home supports two core programs that serve homeless families with children. We provide quality transitional shelter and support for families through our original program, Family Matters. Family Matters works to increase household income, improve financial literacy, promote family health and wellness, address disabling conditions, and move families into permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Equally important is our commitment to provide enrichment for the children who live in our shelter. All school age children meet with a tutor four times a week to help keep them at or above grade level and to work on their academic strengths and weaknesses. Twice a week volunteer groups meet with our kids to provide enrichment ranging from physical activity to arts and creative pursuits.
The support of our friends in the community not only keeps Genesis Home’s doors open to families in need, but provides them with a stepping stone to a better life. Funding from the community allows our kids to experience quality cultural enrichment programs reaching all ages (0-17) and to attend a summer camp when school is not in session. These types of programs provide our kids a safe, enriched experience that helps them prepare for a brighter future.
Through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), program, Durham (NC) Links awarded scholarships for elementary, middle and high school students to participate in STEM-related summer camps. These students have participated in STEM outreach activities of the Durham Science and Everyday Experiences (SEE) program. The scholarship will support the goals of encouraging more students to pursue STEM-related disciplines in higher education and provide financial assistance opportunities for students to engage in STEM-related summer programs. Two high school students, Kamare Hardee and Menefese Kuduma-Cavell will be attending the Intro to iphone App development by Shoder Educational Foundation. During this interactive one-week camp, the students will learn the basics of mobile app development in the context of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. Michkia Brooks will be attending another Shoder Camp on Forensic science for grades 6-8. This Forensic science experience emphasizes the methods of observing, gathering and analyzing physical evidence to solve mysteries and it’s a significant part of solving crimes and maintaining justice. Another recipient, Makayla Faye Grice will attend the NC Museum of Life and Sciences Engineering Lego Summer Camp experience for grades 3-5, where she will enjoy a week of building, programming, problem-solving fun, LEGO® style! This camp uses award-winning LEGO® WeDo and Mindstorms NXT kits to create an array of robots, a variety of sensors and their creative minds to design , build and program their robots to complete a challenge chosen by the group.
Each summer and during specific school breaks (such as fall and spring break), our families are faced with a stressful dilemma. As parents prepare for independence by working or going back to school to improve their job prospects, the summer break and holidays require them to find child care that is safe and affordable. Almost 90% of the families living at Genesis Home are single female heads of household. Given their limited resources and lack of support, many of our parents wonder how they can keep their jobs or attend school when their children are out of school.
Your support to send our kids to camp and provide culturally enriching programs year round will aid in the development of a well rounded young person. Help support Genesis Home's efforst to send all of our young people to camp!
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