Welcome to the Genesis Hub! This page is your one-stop shop for all agency information regarding the coronavirus, including ways you can help, resources and the latest updates. You can also follow us on social media for real-time information and current needs.
Ways to Help
Make a monetary donation
During this uncertain time, we are running into an increase of unexpected needs. The most impactful way you can help us is by making a monetary donation. Even a small contribution goes a long way in healing hurting and vulnerable populations. We are grateful for your invaluable support! Donate now.
Shop our Amazon Wishlist
The women and kiddos at our safe campus need your help! Shop our Amazon Wishlist from the convenience of your couch and help us keep our families fed and entertained. Add the items to your cart and ship them directly to us! To ensure our much-needed items are sent to the correct location, please select "Connie Test (Genesis Women's Shelter)'s Gift Registry Address" as delivery address. Shop now.
In response to the issues surrounding COVID-19, we are only able to accept specific in-kind items (food, cleaning items and toiletries) at this time. To view our current list of needs and schedule a drop-off, click here for details.
Important: in-kind donations refer to brand new items only.
Provide a meal
Genesis relies on community support to provide three meals per day to clients staying at our emergency shelter. As we are not having volunteer groups onsite at our residential campus, we are in need of meal donations in order to continue providing this essential service for our families. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organization are interested in providing a lunch or dinner donation that can feed 40 Genesis clients.
UPDATE: Thrift store closed
as of March 18
Effectively immediately, the Genesis Benefit Thrift Store is closed to all shoppers and donation drop-offs. In order to continue to protect the health of employees, donors and shoppers alike, the Thrift Store will remain closed through May 1, at which time we will reevaluate if it is safe to reopen.
If possible, we ask you to consider the work we do as a nonprofit organization, and save all donations for when we reopen. Your donations allow us to continue to serve vulnerable populations, and we are so appreciative of your support!
STAY INFORMED: Genesis Blogs
Keeping your children entertained while social distancing
April 6, 2020
Social distancing, while necessary, can prove to be difficult, especially for those with children. Many young children, teenagers and parents are likely experiencing levels of confusion and frustration as their schedules and routines are disrupted. The good news is that we live in a connected world, and there are resources available for children of all ages to assist with both school and entertainment.
Available resources amid COVID-19
March 24, 2020
While this time of social distancing can be scary, it is important to know that you are not alone and there are places that you can turn to for help. For a list of Dallas area resources, read our latest blog.
Safety planning if you're trapped at home
March 20, 2020
While many of us are currently practicing social distancing and staying inside our homes, victims of domestic violence who are trapped with abusers don’t have the luxury of feeling safe. If you find yourself feeling unsafe in your own home, you may want to consider some of the suggestions outlined in this article.
Back to the Future, or Back to the Beginning?
March 18, 2020
Who would have thought that the iconic 1980s film Back to the Future could be compared to domestic violence in the time of the coronavirus? Read our latest blog to see why.
Five action items in the age of COVID-19
March 16, 2020
During this time of uncertainty, there are concrete action items that everyone can implement to take care of themselves and others. Read our latest blog to become a part of the solution - when we work together, we can make a difference!
March 14, 2020
We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are invested in the health of employees, clients and volunteers alike. For the time being, we have postponed all groups from entering our facilities, including volunteers who routinely prepare and serve meals. Can you donate now to help us with the unexpected increase in our emergency shelter food budget?
IN THE NEWS
March 26, 2020
Did you know that Highland Park United Methodist Church is preparing 1,200 lunches to serve shelters every day? Genesis is one of the fortunate recipients, and we've been receiving 60 lunches every day! On top of that, they have hired out-of-work caterers to prepare the meals. Join us in applauding them for being a bright light in our community!
March 23, 2020
"Domestic violence service providers across North Texas are bracing for what could be an especially dangerous time for people living with their abusers. With schools closed and many suddenly out of work or working remotely to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the need for social distancing could strain already violent relationships and trap victims in their homes."
March 20, 2020
"Calls and requests for lifesaving shelter are through the roof at one battered women’s shelter in North Texas. Others are out of space. Most are out of cleaning supplies. And all of them need food and money now. At two local shelters, workers are worried the coronavirus outbreak could lead to even more domestic violence."