For more than 20 years, the women of the Genesis Alliance have served as the backbone of our organization. We often refer to them as our original kitchen table ambassadors – raising awareness about domestic violence at every turn, from the kitchen table to the corporate boardroom.
Our Alliance members come from all walks of life. Some are happily retired. Some are stay-at-home moms. Some are educators. Some are young attorneys starting their careers. As women committed to ending violence in their community, they recognize the powerful opportunity they have to band together and provide support that will help other women find the abuse-free lives they deserve.
Every month, Alliance members provide warm, nutritious meals at our emergency shelter and Outreach counseling center, giving clients an opportunity to come together and bond over a family-style dinner in a safe environment. They also attend court hearings every week, supporting other women as they seek protective orders against their abusers. Several of our Alliance members collaborate to make our Annie’s House families feel extra loved and special during their one-year stay by providing welcome baskets and hosting bingo and chocolate fondue nights along with a massive feast during the holidays.
Education is at the core of the Alliance’s mission. Members gather for twice-yearly educational meetings to hear from local judges, prosecutors, survivors and others involved in the fight against domestic violence. They also help identify timely topics for our quarterly Lecture Series at Meadows Museum and invite friends and colleagues to learn more about how they can get involved.
Genesis would not be what it is today without the compassion and support of the 500 incredible women who make up the Genesis Alliance. Their partnership has saved lives – and for that, we couldn’t be more grateful.
Interested in joining the Genesis Alliance? Visit this page to sign up.
Written by Elizabeth Corley, community engagement manager at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support.