Genesis

The Need: Social workers and congregational leaders identify individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of losing their housing who would benefit from financial and relational assistance as they develop goals and budgets to become more self-sufficient.  These families have the current financial capacity to care for their basic financial needs, but struggle with planning and decision making skills.  Program outcomes show that more than 90% of Genesis participants are housed (have a lease or mortgage) one year after starting the program.

The Opportunity: Adult volunteers are needed to mentor individuals and families as they create a personal plan, household budget, and strive to achieve their goals.  Mentors partner with a professional social worker and utilize a tailored goal setting and budgeting curriculum.  Mentors agree to meet one on-one with their mentee(s) at least 10 times over an 18-week period, with the option of continuing this relationship longer should they and their mentee(s) desire to do so. These meetings can be at any location the mentor and mentee agree to.  Mentors are encouraged to share their faith.

Program Description: Volunteer mentor teams are trained to work along-side families to support them in their attempt to become more financially and domestically stable. In addition, a professional social worker is assigned to help you and your mentee get the very best out of this experience.  Mentors build trusting relationships with their mentees as they work together on materials we provide that are designed to help people identify and act on some very important  life changes.  Throughout the Genesis mentorship experience, Mentors will: 1) Guide mentees through the Financial Guide and Goal Setting Handbook. 2) Work with their mentees to set goals for the 18-week mentorship and beyond; 3) Assist in creating and editing a basic household budget with their mentee; 4) Provide guidance and advice in assisting their mentee in making difficult life choices; and 5) Have a professional, trained case manager available to them at all times.  Mentors are encouraged to share their Christian faith.                                

Orgnanization Name: The Community Outreach                                

Contact Name: Sharla Keyser
Contact Title: Volunteer & Development Coordinator
Contact Phone: 605-331-3935                                
Contact Email: sharla@thecommunityoutreach.org