Herb C.

Herb C.

I first came to Genesis in February 2005.  I spent nine months in the program and then decided to leave because at the time I didn’t want to cooperate with the structure that was in place.  After a year of struggle, I came back to Genesis and they welcomed me in again.  However, I ended up leaving and returning two more times.  During my final stay I realized that I needed the help that Genesis offers.  I wanted a different life and Genesis provided me the stability that helped me get on track.  I learned through the programs at Genesis how to be accepting and responsible for my personal life.  The people at Genesis believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and they were very patient with me. I don’t know where I’d be today if Genesis did not help like they did.  I have been clean for three years now.  I have come to learn and believe that you live life, not just survive life.  Life is what you make it, and I am thankful for Genesis because they helped make my life much, much better.

Sheress P.

Sheress P.

I grew up in an environment where both of my parents were alcoholics and abusive. I had children at a young age and also began drinking to sugar-coat the pain I carried with me. I found myself in abusive relationships and realized I was following in the footsteps of my parents. One day, I woke up at my grandma’s house all alone. I knew at that moment I needed to do something. My children’s caseworker said she knew a place I should check out—the Genesis House. I took the suggestion and came to Genesis with little expectation. God had other plans, however. I’d be lying if I said living at Genesis was easy. It wasn’t easy, but, it paved the way to where I am today; I wouldn’t have it any other way. With the help of the people at Genesis, I was able to get and stay sober. I got a job at Dollar General as a cashier and now, four years later, I am the manager of the store. I am doing things today I never thought possible for me. My children were able to participate in the program as well, which has helped us out tremendously. I’ve been out of the program for two years now but I still feel at home at Genesis. I can come back whenever I want and know someone will be there.