Genesis of Pittsburgh, Inc. owns and operates Genesis House, a residential program for pregnant women over the age of 18. Genesis House is the only residence of its kind in southwestern Pennsylvania.
This three-story Victorian home, located on a quiet residential street in Bellevue, is a temporary haven for up to eight women at a time.
Professional staff provide residents, as well as outreach clients, with counseling, educational opportunities, and life skills training. Caring staff members are available to provide women with personal support and direction 24 hours a day.
The goal of Genesis House is to provide a self-help, home-like environment aimed at fostering a sense of responsibility and independence.
Clients are admitted on a space available basis following an interview and needs assessment. The primary requirements are that a prospective resident be pregnant and in need of shelter.
Genesis House residents are encouraged to complete their education, seek employment and become self-sufficient. They are assisted in making post-delivery plans for themselves and their children.
Residents also participate in counseling sessions and must attend classes such as prenatal care, parenting and infant-care skills, smoking cessation, and infant and child first aid and CPR.
Residents are encouraged to continue their education. For high school students, volunteer certified teachers use the curriculum and books from each student's high school, so that after her pregnancy she can reenter her school having completed the same courses as her classmates.
Women seeking a GED are offered programs and tutoring to achieve this goal. The effectiveness of this program is reflected in the number of young women continuing their education beyond high school.