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|About||Genesis House is a Runaway & Homeless Emergency Youth Shelter serving juveniles 14-17 years old. We provide warm beds, hot meals, hygiene needs & love.|
|Mission||Community organizations uniting to address the runaway & homeless youth epidemic by providing emergency shelters and vital services to youth who have been abused, abandoned, trafficked, and exploited.|
Journey Youth Coalition Inc., 501(c)(3)(The names have been changed to protect the identity of the Juvenile)
This organization was developed out of a need to have a safe place for juveniles who where on the run, homeless or being removed from their families homes. In March of 2017, the Executive Director, Kathy Looper, received a telephone call from a female juvenile who she had met while teaching Bible Study inside Juvenile Hall. Kathy had been working with “mom” to find placement in a recovery program upon Raggedy Ann’s release. However, the juvenile was released two months early and sent home with no program in place. On this particular day, the Raggedy Ann was distraught and seeking help so she used her mom’s phone and called Kathy for help. Kathy immediately responded to the girl’s home address and discovered that the girl was in fear for her life.
Raggedy Ann had a history of drug abuse and had been trafficked in order to survive on the streets. When she was picked up the last time, she had spent two full weeks in medical detox and was dangerously close to death and had no desire to return to that lifestyle. When she did call for help, she told Kathy that the man staying in the home had got her “loaded” and asked her “how much she made” turning tricks and wanted her to work for him where she could make much more then she had ever made before.
Raggedy Ann was afraid of getting in to trouble, afraid of her mom getting into trouble, afraid of being sent back to Juvenile Hall but mostly afraid of what drugs would do to her this time around. She didn’t want to die.
After several hours and with the help of Kathy’s Assistant Pastor who is a retired Police Captain, the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Division, and Raggedy Ann’s probation officer, help arrived and solutions where being worked out. It was discovered during this process that there was no safe place for a juvenile to go to for shelter in the event of an emergency. The only solution