The mission of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is to provide safety, shelter, and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence, and impact.

Brief History

In January 1985, Genesis Women’s Shelter began operating as a haven for abused women and their children under the umbrella of Shelter Ministries of Dallas. Genesis was established through the cooperative efforts of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. In the last 34 years, Genesis has provided shelter, safety, and strength to 37,000 women and children. In 1993, it became apparent many women and children needed the counseling and case management component of our services, but did not require housing. To answer this growing need, the Outreach Counseling Center opened its doors. Today our Outreach counselors see over 3,000 women and children a year and provide over 26,000 counseling hours. Genesis addressed the need for transitional housing in 1998 with a 12-month program called Annie’s House, located behind the Shelter. 

Additional Background 

At Genesis, we know domestic violence is one public health epidemic that is completely preventable. We believe women and children should never have to stay in an abusive home because they believe they have no other options. For 34 years, 24 hours a day, Genesis has been waiting with lights on and doors open to welcome women and children facing the greatest time of crisis they have ever known. Every year, we see nearly 3,700 women and children turn to Genesis as they make the brave decision to leave their former lives behind, taking with them nothing but the hope a better life is possible. 

To meet the growing demand for domestic violence services in our community, Genesis remains on the forefront of innovation and services provided. We are continually implementing new programs to educate our community about the pervasiveness of domestic violence, eliminate the barriers of women seeking help, and allow us to heal women and children impacted by domestic violence.

 

Wings of Hope’s mission is to provide equine assisted activities to children and adults with unique physical, mental, and emotional challenges.

Brief History

In 1996, the vision for this non-profit equestrian therapy program was laid on the hearts of Margaret Dickens and Patti Pace. The vision to provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction to children and adults with various disabilities became reality, and the ministry of Wings of Hope Equitherapy was born.

Additional Background 

Wings of Hope Equitherapy is a Premiere Center fully accredited by PATH (Professional Association of Therapuetic Horsemanship) International, which was established in 1969 as North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. All our instructors are PATH certified, and have extensive experience with both horses and those with disabilities.

Equine assisted activities benefit individuals with a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional, social or a combination of these challenges.

The four beat gait of a horse provides the most natural stimulation to a humans natural gait. This stimulation can provide numerous benefits to those with a diagnosis such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, premature birth, Parkinson's, and many more.

Equine Assisted Learning is offered for individuals developing life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine assisted discovery. Through structured and unstructured experiences equestrians’ partner with an equine to increase knowledge, self-awareness, insight, discovery and growth.

There are many benefits of partnering with a horse such as:

  • Improve motor coordination

  • Improve posture

  • Improve balance

  • Improve muscle tone

  • Increase self esteem

  • Increase self awareness

  • Gain confidence

  • Socialization