Genesis House: 1002 Motor Avenue, Waukesha, WI, 53188 - 262-544-0711
Genesis House is a Lutheran Social Services Residential Home serving men who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. The home houses 10-12 adult males.
Please contact Servanthood Advocate Greg Bonk if you would like to learn more about the mission of the Genesis House, or to help by providing holiday meals or volunteering for specific projects as needed.
A Thank You Letter from Genesis House to COL
(Received December 2015)
"As 2015 comes to an end and a New Year circles for a smooth landing. we are reminded of the blessings that we have so freely been given. Genesis House has been a program of Lutheran Social Services since 1978 and has served as a safe haven for men struggling with addiction. That means we have been a part of the recovery process for approximately 1,700 men! What a blessing it is to be able to be a part of helping someone rebuild his life so that he can go on to live a productive and meaningful life once again. Recovery from addiction is not an easy process and for many it means multiple relapses, but as we plant the seeds of recovery and teach our clients how to “tend to the garden,” they come to reap the rewards of their labor.
When someone is active in their addiction they become self-absorbed and lost. Consequently, they are left to feel a deep sense of shame and worthlessness. When they arrive at Genesis House they are feeling badly about themselves, they have burned bridges with family and friends, and feel as though they have nothing to give. An antidote for this is to help our clients break out of the quagmire of self-loathing by helping others. One of the things that we do with our clients is to involve them in “giving back” to the community and we do that through our church partner at Cross of Life. Our clients have volunteered during their stay by helping with landscaping needs during Spring and Fall, painting and doing other handyman projects, packing food for the hungry, and helping out at Richard’s Place. No one has walked away from these service opportunities without a sense of accomplishment. “It is in giving that we receive” and surely everyone benefits
In addition to the volunteer opportunities and all the groups, individual sessions, family sessions, community support groups, and so on, we must not forget FUN! “We gotta have fun in sobriety!” Whether it is a good hand of cards, a good movie, telling “big fish” stories on the porch, some practical jokes, or a healthy competitive game of baseball, we do it all here at Genesis House! So as we look for greater things to come in 2016 with our expansion plans and we want to THANK YOU for being a part of our efforts in making a difference in the lives of others! We couldn’t do it without the support of our partners!"
In 2014 Genesis House started a new offering: a Family Recovery Program to provide education and healing for residents to go through together with their family members. (Read below to see what Genesis House had to say about the new program!) COL plays a special role by hosting the program in our Fellowship Hall and providing lunch for participants. Please watch for our next dates to be announced ... and join us! If you would like to cook or serve at an upcoming lunch, contact Meal Coordinator Chris Lehman at email@example.com or 262-781-8442. CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS BELOW!
Our COL kitchen bustles with activity as a group prepares to serve lunch for the Genesis House Family Recovery Program on August 23, 2014.
Members of the Brookfield Central Key Club pose after preparing a wonderful lunch for the Genesis House Family Recovery Program on September 27, 2014.
Brookfield Central Key Club Members, along with students from our Confirmation Class, prepare lunch for the Genesis House Family Recovery Program on January 24, 2015.
A MESSAGE FROM GENESIS HOUSE ~ February 2015
“We piloted a Family Program in mid-2014 and are proud to say it has been a success! Our program meets once a month and includes our residents and families from Cephas House, as well as residents and families from Genesis House. Both are programs of Lutheran Social Services. We are proud of the work we do to pave the way for people to improve the quality of their lives, and adding a family program spreads our mission further. Anyone who has had a loved one with an addiction knows the anguish that goes along with it: the sleepless nights, arguments, distrust, gamut of emotions and earnest prayers. It is a heart-wrenching experience and often families feel very alone as they watch with sober clarity the destruction of addiction. Our program meets every fourth Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We include speakers who have ‘been there done that’ from both the perspective of the person with the addiction and the family who rode the tidal wave. We provide an educational series, experiential activities and open dialogue. One Mom said, ‘I finally feel like I have a voice; I’m being heard.’ ”
A THANK YOU FROM GENESIS HOUSE ~ November 2014
Cross of Life received the following letter on November 6, 2014, from Deb Adamus, LSS Manager, Addictions and Restorative Justice Programs of Lutheran Social Services:
At this very moment I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude and I am compelled to somehow communicate that to all of you. It seems fitting, especially at this time of year when we are reminded of how very blessed we are! You folks at Cross of Life church have rallied around us, supported us, believed in us, inspired us, and so graciously and generously extended your hand to us in so many ways. I cannot begin to adequately articulate our heart filled thankfulness.
In a world that is so full of pain and uncertainty it is sometimes difficult to stand firm in our faith, to believe in better tomorrows, to trust that God has our backs! But, that is what faith is all about. It is believing in the unseen, in the innate goodness in all of God’s people, to believe that in the face of adversity we will overcome and find peace in God’s love. God doesn’t protect us from the harshness of the world, but rather, he enables us to face that harshness with courage and love despite our human tendency to perhaps want to look the other way ... or walk away.
The outpouring of support that we have felt from all of you who have put your faith into action by ministering to our clients at Genesis House, and joining us in our mission, when many have turned away in fear and judgment is nothing less than a reflection of God’s love. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
From my heart to yours,