Genesis House uses grant to meet transportation needs
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The Genesis House, a transitional home for women battling addiction, was awarded $87,000 from Impact 100 Southern Indiana and is making use of the funds to better the lives of the home’s residents. The house, which opened in August of 2020, can accommodate up to 15 residents at a time.
Impact 100 is a group of women who, for the past four years, have raised funds to give to a non-profit organization that directly affects the lives of women in Harrison, Floyd or Clark county. The group’s goal is to have 100 women from communities in those counties donate $1,000 each throughout the year to make up the award money for the grant.
Meghan Stockdale, executive director of Genesis House, explained that the biggest concern for the residents of Genesis House was transportation. Thanks to the Impact 100 grant, however, they have overcome that need by purchasing a 2020 Chevy Express 15-passenger van and a 2015 Chevy Equinox.
The 15-passenger van is used to take the women to meetings, events and activities outside of the house.
Stockdale said that recently the women were able to use the van to travel to Acres of Hope, an animal rehabilitation farm that provides animal-assisted therapy. The women spent the day grooming horses, working with a mental health therapist and having a picnic together.
The Equinox is used for more individual purposes as the Genesis House team is able to drive residents to doctor appointments, probation appointments, court, counseling or to the store without having to use their personal vehicles or the large van.
With the $87,000 grant, Stockdale said they were also able to purchase new sectional couches for the living space, new programming and class supplies and office supplies like a locked filing cabinet and printing supplies.
“We were able to purchase canvases and paint supplies to have art therapy nights; we have yoga mats and have begun bi-weekly yoga classes; and we have tie-dye kits to make shirts,” Stockdale said. “We hope to continue purchasing extra programming materials to facilitate new life-skill groups such as cooking, sewing and budgeting, too.”
Stockdale noted they have spent nearly $50,000 of the total grant and are grateful that the women of Impact 100 Southern Indiana took a chance on their organization and program.