GHH currently operates out of 2 locations in the Miami Dade area. Our programs are sophisticated, evidenced-based, and outcome-driven. We work with each young person individually to help them overcome trauma and hopelessness while working towards becoming a self-sufficient adult.
Keeping Siblings together is a priority for Genesis Hopeful Haven. We provide a safe and supportive environment designed to keep large sibling groups together following a removal from their family home by Child Protective Services. The goal of our home is to keep the children together and offer a safe, home-like environment allowing their parents to work a case plan with the goal of reunification being the final result. Children will attend schools and have opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities as available to them. House parents will be on site 24/7 and will be professional caretakers who are responsible to work effectively within the context of child development to bring about positive change in their child’s life.
“For children entering care, being with their siblings can enhance their sense of safety and well-being and provide natural, mutual support. This benefit is in contrast to the traumatic consequences of separation, which may include additional loss, grief, and anxiety over their siblings’ well-being.” –www.childwelfare.gov
Ongoing mental health therapy
Life skills training workshops
OUR HOME DESIGNED TO HEAL
Genesis Hopeful Haven provides housing to 18 year-old male, high school students as they age out of the foster care system. We serve as a family support in order to help them on their way to a successful future. Our independent living programs provide support and encouragement to help them to achieve the skills they need to be self-sufficient such as graduating from high school, getting a driver’s license, and enrolling in internship programs. During their stay at the house, they receive weekly life skills training workshops, tutoring, and monthly meetings with a social worker to set their goals.
On-site case management
Financial literacy courses
Employment readiness workshops
On-site mental health therapy
Weekly life skills training workshops
Yoga and Kickboxing classes
BARRIERS TO OVERCOME
Life Skill Training
We provide a Life Skill Training Program for foster and homeless youth in the Homestead community. We meet for 8 weeks in the summer, Tuesday–Thursday from 3–6PM and we take youth out on a fun field trip every Friday.
Our workshop topics include:
Health and Wellness
Community and Environment
We have an artist that does therapeutic art with our youth based on our topic for the week. They participate in creating vision boards, building bird houses, making self-portraits, and more. We have a yoga instructor that teaches our youth about inner peace, as well as a Muay Thai instructor that leads anger management workshops. We provide dinner and transportation. We also take field trips to Dave and Buster's, different beaches in the area, shelters to feed the homeless, nice restaurants to teach essential etiquette skills, and house hunting to view houses and condos in neighborhoods that we hope they can afford in the future. Other destinations include Sky Zone, roller skating, bowling and other places that offer fun activities. We believe that each child deserves the opportunity to flourish. By teaching vital life skills, we foster new beginnings and support the future success of the youth within our reach.
Planting Seeds for Healthy Futures
Genesis Hopeful Haven believes that kids benefit from gardening in a myriad of ways. Nurturing plants from seed to harvest can lead to increased feelings of confidence, self-esteem and pride. In the garden, kids learn to cooperate and solve problems together. They learn about the interdependency of all living things and their roles as caretakers of the earth. Gardening offers a hands-on approach to learning, making it easier for many students to master skills and concepts involving math, reading and writing.
Gardening promotes physical health and is a valuable vehicle for teaching lessons about food and nutrition. An entrepreneurial spirit is engendered in kids who participate in market gardening programs in which they have the opportunity to sell what they grow. Last but not least, gardening instills an appreciation for agriculture and its importance in providing food and children learn many different skills through gardening.
We are so thankful for our supporter, Sally Ashby, who has donated a full garden to GHH.
Thank you Yes Movement for providing our kids with free music lessons!
Our enrichment program allows us to expose the children to new beginnings and opportunities. We offer activities that improve the lives of children who live in our homes. We’ve been able to provide support for classes such as karate, art, ballet, and music and special trips to the theater, zoo, the Keys, water parks, and barbeques. According to studies by the American Youth Policy Forum these opportunities provide therapeutic healing and hope of a better life.
Internship Training Program
The boys in our transitional housing are often in their senior year of high school, and the pressure of choosing a career path and having a steady income weighs heavily on the their minds. While staying at GHH, it is our goal to link our boys with a mentor where they can experience first-hand various professions. They will have orientation on different careers topics such as real estate, tax preparation, agriculture, construction, web design, and business startups.
One of our boys got a paid internship doing his dream job at the Key Biscayne Police Department.
We are always looking for mentors and new opportunities. Contact us or click on GET INVOLVED for more details on how you or your business can join us in helping youth build a brighter tomorrow.