Genesis Women’s Shelter has been providing support to women in abusive relationships in Dallas since 1985. Now it is expanding to help women in South Dallas with the opening of a new non-residential center and thrift store in the fall 2021.
The new center, located at 5020 South Lancaster Road, will offer individual and group counseling, advocacy services, referral resources and appointments, as well as childcare services for mothers during appointments. you, all at no cost. The other half of the building will be a thrift store where Genesis customers can shop for free, and the community can shop at reduced prices.
Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter, said that although black women are 35% more likely to experience domestic violence than white women, black women make up only 20% of their clients.
“Rather than waiting for people to come to us, this is the first time we’ve approached the community,” Langbein said.
Genesis will also look to the community for an informal needs assessment to understand what services it can provide to residents. Genesis is committed not only to getting women out of dangerous situations, but also to empowering them to overcome hardships.
“Over the past year, we have certainly spoken, as a country, of equity and justice for all,” Langbein said. “There can be no fairness and justice on the streets. If there is no equity in the house. Until we break the chains of domestic violence. We cannot expect there to be freedom.
The program manager of the new Lancaster center, Cassandra Wesley, from south Dallas, was herself a Genesis client and a survivor. She looks forward to reconnecting with her community and sharing her experiences
“We’re going to be a safe place you can go in and if you just need to go in and sit down for a minute and have someone to talk to, that’s why we’re going to be there or that’s what I’m out there for, ”Wesley said.
In all locations, Genesis offers emergency and transitional housing, therapy, legal services, and an on-site K-8 school, among other resources. They serve approximately 3,700 women and children each year, free of charge.