Announcements and Future Events
Recent Past Events
|November 16, 2015||2015 Newsletter. The 2015 issue of our annual Genesis House newsletter has been published. Click here to download or view the online version. (If you wish to print the newsletter, please select legal size paper, 8.5 x 14 inches).|
|November 5, 2015||The Genesis House Guild, under the direction of President Carol Ashwell, hosted a Membership Drive Luncheon at The Mansion restaurant on this date. A painting and two pieces of jewelry were raffled off. A video of interviews with Mary and several of the residents was shown. The video was produced by Cole Alcock. Click here to see the video (Password = Genesis).|
|July 31, 2015||Genesis House residents and children enjoyed a Christmas in July Splash Party at Kristen's house. Moms and children enjoyed the pool, cookout, buffet, and watermelon. Santa Claus arrived, clad in shorts, tee shirt, and sandals! The chidren received backpacks with school supplies, new outfits, and shoes. Moms received school supplies and presents, as well. (see slide show).|
|July 14, 2015||
|July 13, 2015||
|May 11, 2015||
|May 9, 2015||The Postal Food Drive collection and sorting was held at the Postal Annex of Melbourne. Genesis House had a total of 15 resident and staff members participate in the sorting of foods. The total amount of grove boxes collected at that particular site was 11 boxes of cans, 13 boxes of dry goods, and 3 boxes of jars.|
|April 19, 2015||The Genesis House 10th Annual Golf Tournament was a big success!|
|December 5, 2014||Torres: Hope for homeless women. Click here to read a Florida TODAY article by John A. Torres about Genesis House and how they have given hope to one particular homeless woman and her child.|
|November 19, 2014||"Catholic students put faith into action." Today was an annual day of service for students from Melbourne Central Catholic. A bus load of students went to Genesis House I for their service. They sorted clothing and food and created Christmas decorations. The students interacted with some of the women at the shelter home. They saw firsthand the struggles the women face and were able to see the impact of their service directly. Florida TODAY reported the event in the November 20 edition of the paper. Click here to see the Florida TODAY online writeup, photos, and video (be sure to view the photos in the photostrip; set photo and video display for full screen).|
|November 17, 2014||2014 Newsletter. The 2014 issue of the Genesis House newsletter was published. Click here to download or view the online version.|
|November 6, 2014||
Genesis House, Inc. is the 2014 Volunteer Organization of the Year, as selected by Florida TODAY newspaper at the Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony for the finalists. This award allows us to share our 37-year mission with the entire community and gain new support in providing help to homeless women, their children, and abandoned pregnant women. The Board of Genesis House, Inc. and staff are humbled and honored by this recognition. View a short Florida TODAY video of the awards ceremony.
|November 5, 2014||Organization of the Year nominee: Genesis House. Click here to read a Florida TODAY article by Maria Sonnenberg about Genesis House, one of the nominees for Organization of the Year at this year's Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony.|
|October 29, 2014||Halloween Party! At GH II. Costumes, games, and treats! (See photos.)|
|August 18, 2014||
|August 4, 2014||A video of the Genesis House children singing recently at St. Paul's Lutheran Church was posted this day on YouTube. Click here to view it.|
|June 14, 2014||
|April 27, 2014||The 9th Annual Genesis House Golf Tournament was a big success. We had 132 golfers this year, the most ever. (See photos.)|
|April 1, 2014||Amazon.com has a new charitable-giving program for which Genesis House has registered. Amazon.com will now donate 0.5% of a customer's purchase to a charity of the customer's choice. This is even better than matching donations because it doesn't require you to make a contribution. There is no cost to you at all! To donate money to Genesis House this way, all you have to do is go to "smile.amazon.com" and select Genesis House Inc (Melbourne, FL) as your charity of choice. (There are several "Genesis House Incs" in the U.S., so make sure you select the correct one.) Then when you shop with Amazon, go to "smile.amazon.com" instead of "amazon.com" and shop as usual. The best way to remember to do this is to go to "smile.amazon.com" and create a bookmark. This is a no-cost way for you to help Genesis House. For more information about the program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about/.|
|March 14, 2014||Genesis House and Family Counseling Centers of Brevard held an "Attire to Inspire" event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. It was a wonderful luncheon that featured clothing from Cindy Earp's collection. About 120 people from the community attended. The focus was to bring attention to both of these quiet non-profits that have been around for a combined total of 87 years serving families in Brevard County.|
|March 1, 2014||Siggy's An American Bar put on a Sig Fest fundraiser, music festival, and celebration. Genesis House received a generous check, $1,265, from the affair. A few weeks before that, Siggy's also held a chili cook off, which resulted in a $450 donation to Genesis House.|
|February 19, 2014||Orlando Channel 6 WKMG-TV interviewed Mary Allen and several residents for their "Making a Difference" segment. You can view the video here.|
|January 25, 2014||"A Genesis of Art -- An Evening of Art & Music." Our January Fund Raiser was a big success! Attendees enjoyed an evening of art, music, food, and fun. Julia Bullock provided piano music as we watched talented local artists Beth-Anne Fairchild, Therese Ferguson, Cindy McKee, Linda Neal, Frank Spino, Jr, and Lolly Walton create their art live in a "paint around." Drawings were held for the finished paintings and other items of art. The affair was held in the beautiful facilities of Lexus of Melbourne. (See photos).|
|December 10, 2013||The Genesis House Christmas Party for residents, ex-residents, staff, and volunteers was held at the First United Methodist Church, Melbourne (see photos).|
|December 4, 2013||"Good Citizens Genesis House Christmas Party." This party, which was held at the Melbourne Beach Civic Center, was a collaboration between Ed Struttman, Beach Discount Plumbing & Supply, Melbourne Beach Rotary Club, and Holy Name of Jesus Knights of Columbus. (See photos.)|
|November 15, 2013||
Women of Faith Tea. The Women of Faith group from Ascension Catholic Church typically hold a tea
each year at a nursing home or senior living facility. This year they chose Genesis House.
They brought delightful treats, tea and coffee. The women residents were given a chance to
"shop" through all the tables filled with items. Each child received special gifts,
which were purchased specifically for them.|
The Women of Faith group also presented $25 gift certificates to each of the women residents and a large check to Genesis House. These monetary gifts were approved by Fr. Toben of Ascension Parish. (See photos.)
|November 4, 2013||2013 Newsletter. The 2013 issue of the Genesis House newsletter was published. Click here to view it online.|
|October 30, 2013||Halloween Party. The mothers and children were treated to a Halloween Party, complete with costumes, bobbing for apples, hot dogs, and brownies. (See photos.)|
|October 23, 2013||Pumpkin Carving. Justin Smith, the volunteer from Patrick AFB who leads our new Homework Club, treated the children to pumpkin carving at GH II. (See photos.)|
|October 16, 2013||Tower Garden. A demonstration of hydroponic "aeroponic tower gardening" was presented at GH II, with residents and their chidren participating. The Tower Garden system was donated to Genesis House. The mothers and children will be tending this unique garden. (See photos.)|
New Programs Recently Added. We now have Wednesday night Life-Skill classes for our adult residents and
Homework Club for our school-age children.|
The Life-Skill classes are mainly run by our Webster University Interns. There are varied topics such as: Nutrition, Parenting, Infant CPR and First Aid, Time Management, Stress and Anger Management, Self Esteem, Budgeting, and Job Interviewing plus Dress for Success.
The Homework Club was started by Justin Smith who is stationed at Patrick Air Force Base. He helps the children with their homework, follows their grades, and he often has a project for them to do, which has included baking pretzels and science projects.
We also have a Tower Garden in which vegetables are growing. The mothers and children are watering and caring for this new project.
|May 11, 2013||Volunteers from Genesis House helped sort food at the Postal Food Drive, Melbourne Post Office, Apollo Annex (see photos).|
|April 21, 2013||The 8th Annual Genesis House Golf Tournament was a very successful fund raiser. The weather started out iffy; around 7:00 a.m., there were thunderstorms and heavy rain north and south of the Suntree Country Club. However, the rain held off, and we had a mostly cloudy, but dry, day. About halfway through play, the sun came out for a while. Later we had a light sprinkle that lasted only a few minutes. We believe all the golfers enjoyed the golfing, buffet, and prizes, and they made generous donations through various raffles and silent auctions (see photos).|
|March 11, 2013||Volunteers from the Catholic Campus Ministry @ St. Augustine at the University of Miami helped sort, date, and stack can goods, prepare eggs for an Easter egg hunt, and assembled newsletters (see photos).|
|December 11, 2012||The Genesis House Christmas Party for residents, staff, and volunteers was held at the First United Methodist Church, Melbourne (see photos).|
|November 17, 18, 2012||
|November 18, 2012||
|November 16, 2012||
You can download a pdf version of the newsletter or view it here as a series of 7 images.
|November 14, 2012||
|November 10, 2012||
|November 8, 2012||
|October 27, 2012||
|October 12-19, 2012||
For this year's Serve Week at the
First Baptist Church of Melbourne
and its Palm Bay campus, Bay West Church,
a group of church members chose to volunteer for
work at Genesis House. The Serve Week group made the following improvements
Genesis House I
Painted office ceiling & walls, replaced pull-down strairway to attic, replaced boutique ceiling, painted nursery walls & ceiling, painted dorm room, provided new bedding & curtains in nursery and dorm rooms, added wall separating basement bedroom from pantry, redecorated basement bedroom, and remulched planting beds.
Genesis House II
Refinished bathtub, replaced medicine cabinet with a mirror, built folding door closet in Room 3, built walkway from GH II to Birthright Office, landscaped House Manager's patio and yard, added more plants & urns to front, and remulched planting beds.
Genesis House III
Landscaped front & sides of yard, provided new bedding & curtains in dorm room, replaced sink & plumbing upstairs, replaced broken laundry room window, added electricity (lights and fan) to gazebo, repaired garage ceiling, demolished large, unused concrete planter in back yard, and rewired garage lights & fans.
Our sincere thanks to the Serve Week group for all they did for Genesis House.
|July 24-26, 2012||
|June 9, 2012||
|June 9-10, 2012||
|May 30, 2012||Genesis House receives $100,000 grant. The Florida TODAY newspaper announced that Genesis House was selected to receive a $100,000 federal grant via the Florida Department of Children and Families. Vonnie Marian, administrator at Genesis House, said the funds will be used to upgrade plumbing in one of the houses, help pay staff salaries, and support daily operations. (See the complete online article.)|
|May 12, 2012||
|April 22, 2012||7th Annual Genesis House Golf Tournament. Several days before the tournament, the weather forecast was for rain, lightning, and high winds throughout the day of the event. It did not look good. The night before the tournament was scheduled, the area was hit with heavy rain and lightning. We feared the tournament would be washed out. However, around 5 a.m. the skies began to clear and stars were shining! The weather turned out great! Lots of sunshine and cool the whole day--great golfing weather! The golfers had a good time and were generous with the various creative and fun ways we provided for them to donate to Genesis House. (See photos.)|
|April 9, 2012||
|March 24, 2012||
Kelly's mother, Deisy, sent this message:
"It was truly a blessing to see how the Lord had a hand in Kelly's 13th birthday! She not only was able to deliver a van full of diapers, towels, and toiletries for the mommies, she was also given the opportunity to obtain 40 inflatable children's chairs, a box of stuffed animals, children's key chains, scented pens/pencils, and hundreds of "Entertainment" coupon books--the ones that are sold in public schools as fundraisers--for FREE!!!....these are usually sold for $50.00 each. This is why we say the the Lord had His hand in all of this--praises to Him!"
|January 21, 2012||The Junior League of South Brevard (JLSB) hosted a pajama party at Genesis House II for all the Genesis House residents. They provided breakfast and brought gifts. (See photos.)|
|December 10, 2011||The Genesis House Christmas Party for residents, staff, and volunteers was held at the First United Methodist Church, Melbourne. (See photos.)|
|September 13, 2011||
|July 17, 2011||Genesis House in Melbourne is a "House of Hope," an article published in the newspaper FloridaToday. (See article page1, article page2).|
|May 1, 2011||6th Annual Genesis House Golf Tournament. It was a wonderful day, we had a full field with 144 golfers, it was our most successful tournament so far. The 7th Annual Genesis House Golf Tournament is already set for April 29, 2012. (See photos.)|
|February 19, 2011||Thirteen GE employees representing the Florida Space Coast Chapter of GE Volunteers along with some of their friends and family and other volunteers erected a magnificent gazebo at GH III. The gazebo kit was donated to Genesis House by a family in honor of their friends who are the adoptive family of a child of one of our former residents. The resident placed her baby for adoption about 20 years ago. She died of breast cancer three years ago. Other friends and family of the adoptive family also donated to the fund after it was determined that they wanted the funds used to build something that our current residents would enjoy and that would be in memory of the birth-mother (Sunny). The adoptive family and their adopted son worked alongside the GE Volunteers during the gazebo build. (See photos.)|
|December 22, 2010||
|December 16, 2010||The Genesis House Christmas Party for residents, staff, and volunteers was held at the First United Methodist Church, Melbourne. (See photos.)|
|November 20, 2010||
|November 17, 2010||
|November 16, 2010||
The 2010 Newsletter was mailed out (nearly 3000 recipients)
on November 16 and is now available online in color.|
|Nov. 13-14, 2010||
Vonnie Marian organized the Genesis House table. Volunteers supporting Vonnie were Laura Chiesman, Julie & Wayne Matchett, Bert Swartz, Henny Weis, Cindy Wessel, Mary Allen, Marie Strock, Dona Guindon, Michele Guindon, Jan Hill, Casey Tharp, Rebecca Henderson and Kyla Allen. We provided information on Genesis House, sold cookies and car magnets, and auctioned a quilt. Various volunteers provided the cookies. Melbourne Central Catholic students Lauren, Mirelle, Monica, and Erin volunteered to support the children's crafts table.
Mary Allen decorated the Genesis House Christmas tree in a seashore theme. The tree was donated by Dano LoPresti, owner of The Christmas Cottage on New Haven Ave. The decorated tree was given to the Junior League for their auction.
Kay Shaw, who was visiting from Colorado, stopped by the Genesis House table and looked over our display board and informational brochures. She said she wanted to buy a wreath for one of the houses, so she took Rebecca, the House Manager at GH II, into the Christmas tree display area and had her pick out the wreath she wanted. The lady bought the wreath for $75. It now decorates the front door of GH II.
|July 27-29, 2010||
|July 19-23, 2010||A group of young people, "Soul in the City," from the Prince of Peace Anglican Church helped sort canned goods at Genesis House I and did some yard work. (See photos).|
|May 28, 2010||
|May 2, 2010||The 5th Annual Genesis House Golf Tournament at Suntree Country Club was a great success! We had 144 golfers play. Two teams tied with a winning score of 55 (17 under par). A tie breaker gave the win to John Hopkins' team. Prizes were also given to Closest to the Pin winners: Nancy Crawford & Nick Lindheim, Longest Drive: Connie Rummel & Terry Naberhaus, and Closest to the Line: Michelle Tharp & Cary Lescure. (See photo gallery and video clips.)|
|April 17, 2010||
|April 15, 2010||
|March 17, 2010||
|March 12, 2010||
|March 8, 2010||
|February 20, 2010||
|February 5, 2009||
|December 17, 2009||The Genesis House Christmas Party for residents, staff, and volunteers was held at the First United Methodist Church, Melbourne. (See photos.)|
|December 17, 2009||
Natasha, a resident of the student house, GH II, graduated this day with an AA degree from Brevard
|December 15, 2009||
|December 12, 2009||
|November 21-22, 2009||
|November 18, 2009||
|November 14, 2009||
|November 14 & 21, 2009||The group of volunteers from the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palm Bay, who worked at GH I the previous Saturday, Nov. 7, returned on Nov. 14 & 21 to put in a new sink and plumbing in the Genesis House I upstairs bathroom and re-plumbed the kitchen sink, which was a mess. They finished trimming the paint downstairs. It all looks wonderful! They also bought and installed a new two-oven, glass-top stove for GH I. They raked and put in mulch at GH I in the back and on the playground. And they built two new picnic tables for GH II. Henny, the GH I House Manager, made lunch for the volunteers all three Saturdays.|
|November 14, 2009||Our Case Manager, Dona, and a group of Genesis House volunteers helped sort food at the Boy Scout Food Drive, held in the Winn-Dixie parking lot, corner of Eau Gallie Blvd and A1A (see photos).|
|November 9, 2009||
The 2009 Newsletter was mailed out (over 2,600 recipients)
on November 9 and is now available online in color.|
|November 7, 2009||A group of volunteers from the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palm Bay, did a lot of work at Genesis House I, including painting woodwork, closets, and bookcases, replacing the steps to the basement, and building two large picnic tables. Henny, the House Manager, fixed a big lunch for the crew (see photos).|
|November 7, 2009||
|September 26, 2009||
|September 17, 2009||Bionic Beauty (Jami Shopf) recently held an online auction of beauty products. The auction benefited Genesis House and another charity. The auction raised over $200 for Genesis House.|
|September 16, 2009||
|September 8, 2009||
|August 26, 2009||
|July 23, 2009||Published updated Genesis House brochure.|
|July 21-23, 2009||
|July 4, 2009||
|June 16, 2009||
Genesis House volunteer Beverly Bennett, who is a professional photographer
(Beverly Bennet Photography),
|June 15, 2009||Photos were taken of various updates to the houses, including a new concrete deck at GH II, remodeled kitchen at GH II, new dining table at GH III, and remodeled garage/storage room at GH I. After The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worked to remodel the interior of the GH I garage, Dona's husband Richard put down vinyl flooring and installed shelves. (See photos.)|
|June 12, 2009||Orlando Channel 6 WKMG-TV interviewed Mary Allen and a resident for their "Good News" segment. You can view the broadcast video at: clickorlando.com/video/19740331/.|
|May 30, 2009||
|May 30, 2009||The annual Golf Tournament was a big success. Sixty-two players participated and over $7000 was raised for Genesis House. (See photo gallery.)|
|May 19, 2009||
Mary and Vonnie attended a luncheon hosted by the New Neighbors Club
of South Brevard Beaches.
|May 16, 2009||
Volunteers from Calvary Chapel, West Melbourne, worked at Genesis House II.
|May 2, 2009||
Several Genesis House volunteers supported Open Arms Community Day
|April 26, 2009||
For the Interfaith Workday of Service, a group of volunteers from The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worked to remodel the interior
of the garage (storage room) at GH I. Their State President, J.D. Humphries, stopped by
to help and encourage. FloridaToday sent someone to take pictures and
get information. And someone from the LDS Media came by and did film
interviews with Vonnie and the workers.|
Workers were Russell Flamm, Larry Phillips, Mike Witherspoon, Justin Planinz and family (mom Tracey and daughters Nina and Emilee). Kevin came in to help get the job finished.
|April 26, 2009||
|April 24, 2009||
|April 21, 2009||Genesis House was awarded a $2,000 grant by the Junior League of South Brevard. The grant is to help with child care and summer camp.|
|April 12, 2009||
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community's Lenten Project concluded this Easter Sunday.
Through their very generous almsgivings, the church community satisfied a great number of the everyday needs
of Genesis House.
Monetary donations included cash, gift cards, and bus passes with a total value of $1,330. They also donated
almost 1300 other items, including household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent & bleach,
paper towels, napkins, paper plates, bathroom tissue, bath mats, diapers, baby wipes,
baby & children clothing, stuffed animals, toys, area rugs, doormats, dust mops,
|April 1, 2009||
|March 11, 2009||A recent issue of The Florida Catholic/Orlando Diocese has an article about a shelter home for pregnant women established in Deland by Father Thomas Connery, pastor of St. Peter Parish. The shelter home, called Visitation House, is in the former convent of the Sisters of Mercy. The woman who runs the home recently toured Genesis House with Mary Allen. See the online article.|
|February 18, 2009||
|February 15, 2009||
|February 13, 2009||
|February 6, 2009||The opening reception for the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery's art exhibition to benefit Genesis House was held. (See photo gallery.)|
|February 2, 2009||
|January 29, 2009||
|January 17, 2009||
|January 17, 2009||
|December 14, 2008||
|December 9, 2008||The Genesis House Christmas Party was held at the First United Methodist Church of Melbourne (see photo gallery).|
|November 11, 2008||The Genesis House newsletter for 2008 was mailed to over 2700 recipients (see facsimile of the newsletter). Please contact us if you would like to add your name and address to our mailing list.|
|November 8, 2008||
|September 9, 2008||
|July 31, 2008||
Florida Knights of Columbus Charities presented a check for $3000 to Genesis House. The money was collected during the Run for Life,
a part of the Florida Knights of Columbus Charities.
|July 31, 2008||
|July 7 & 10, 2008||
|June 11, 2008||Fifth-grade students at Riviera Elementary in Palm Bay, during their "Sew What" project, made four quilts and donated them to Genesis House and three other local charities. (See a scan of the FloridaToday article.)|
|June 8, 2008||
The 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting Genesis House, was a big success.
Sixty-seven golfers participated in the event, which brought in $7,000 after costs.
|May 11, 2008||Special Mother's Day cards were placed in seven local churches. These cards were for donations to Genesis House in honor or in memory of a mother. A total of almost $4,000 was raised by the cards.|
|May 10, 2008||
The Kendyll Ryann Bliss Memorial Birthday Party raised almost $1,400 in donations to Genesis House.|
|April 30, 2008||Revised Genesis House brochure published.|
|November 14, 2007||Genesis House 2007 Christmas Newsletter published and mailed. Facsimiles of the newsletter (pdf): page 1 and page 2.|
|September 11, 2007||
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Rockledge
presented Genesis House with 100 bags of toiletries for women and children,
20 cases of food, and a $500 check from Wal-Mart.
Attendees at the presentation representing Genesis House included Mary and her husband Ken, Dona (Case Manager), Lisa (GH III House Manager), Bob Gunther (Board Member), Vonnie (Administrator), and several Genesis House residents.
Church representatives attending included J.D. Humphreys, Stake President; Susan Bragonje, Relief Society President; Liz Tarpin, 1st Counselor in Relief Society Presidency; Liz Libbey, 2nd Counselor in Relief Society Presidency; and Rosemary Gifford, Secretary Relief Society.
|September 11, 2007||
|January 19, 2007||
Article in Hometown News about Genesis House.|