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Providing a Home for Those Without

by Kristina Boyce / Carolina Hurricanes

During the off-season we will be recognizing a few of our Spring 2012 grant recipients to highlight the hard work of the non-profit children’s organizations we support. During the Spring cycle, the Kids 'N Community Foundation donated $280,447 to 26 non-profit children’s charities in North Carolina. On June 4, 2012, Stormy and members of the Carolina Hurricanes staff visited Genesis Home in Durham to present a check for their Summer Camp for Homeless Kids program.

Kristina Boyce

Genesis Home works to end homelessness for families with children by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence. The organization has three main programs for families:

Family Matters

Family Matters helps individual families identify and overcome the root causes of their homelessness while taking a holistic approach to the teaching of life skills essential to obtaining and retaining permanent housing. The program has the capacity to serve 15 families in the transitional housing facility. Families stay at Genesis Home for up to 24 months. However, the average stay at Genesis Home is between eight to 12 months.

Turning Point

Turning Point is a permanent supportive housing program that provides rental assistance and supportive services for five families headed by an adult with a diagnosed disability.

Circles of Support

The goal of Circles of Support is to empower homeless families and individuals to acquire the skills necessary for finding long term employment, housing and improving their overall quality of life. Genesis Home matches formerly homeless families and individuals with Support Circles (local congregations and civic organizations) to provide support and assistance for a period of 12 months. Support Circles work with families and individuals on employment, educational, parenting and financial goals with the ultimate aim of improving the housing stability of low-income households.

The Kids ‘N Community Foundation provided a $5,000 grant in the Spring to send 20 homeless children to eight weeks of summer camp this summer. On top of camp, each child was also provided the necessary equipment for the various camps (clothes, shoes, swimsuits, towels, etc). This would allow their core service to continue through the summer as all kids meet with a tutor four times each week during the school year at Genesis Home. This time away also allows their parents the ability to look for and begin new jobs without concern of daycare for their children.

Ryan Fehrman, Executive Director of Genesis Home talked about the impact of the grant by saying, "It’s a designated gift to make sure our kids go to camp. The grant will ensure that all of the kids in the house will be able to get into camp for the summer." At our visit, he fully explained the impact that the summer camp program has on the kids who are dealing with homelessness.

Doug Warf, Carolina Hurricanes Senior Director of Marketing and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation said, "Studies have shown that kids who go to a summer program enter the next grade level at a higher level than if they did not. We want to make sure that their education continues through the summer and there is not three months where a kid forgets about learning. The summer camp program is essential to make sure that learning continues through the summer."

John Forslund, the Hurricanes TV analyst, was the spokesperson for the Great Human Race in March to help raise funds to send kids to summer camp.

At our visit, we took a tour of the incredible home located in Durham. It has a welcoming atmosphere with a wonderful staff. We met a little boy who became attached to Stormy and would not let him go. The most powerful part of the visit was looking at the walls full of colorful handprints of families who had stayed at the home and through the support of Genesis Home, had conquered homelessness.

Thank you to Genesis Home for all of their hard work to help end homelessness in Durham and a big thank you to ALL of our supporters who donate money to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation throughout the year. This would not be possible without you!

For more information on Genesis Home, please visit their website.

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