Houston County shelter will serve women military veterans in need
HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Genesis Joy will soon have its very own facility and be the first of its kind in Houston County -- the first female veteran transitional housing community.
Founder Margaret Flowers says her husband knows all too well what it's like to come back from war and try to get back to civilian life.
Actually, all of her family has served in the military. But it was when her husband came back from the War in Afghanistan that Flowers realized there seemed to be more services for male veterans than females.
This sparked her idea for the Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter -- a facility just for homeless women who have served in the military.
"They should not be homeless," Flowers says. "They should not have to come home from war and find themselves living in the woods. I think that's unacceptable."
The goal of Genesis Joy is to give female veterans a place to stay while they get back on their feet.
"It's important because there are a lot of transitional facilities for males -- and the females fought right beside them," Flowers says. "So why not have a transitional home for our homeless female veterans?"
Although the house is not open yet, Flowers says she has helped 225 veterans so far.
"Now not only are we going to help our homeless female veterans, but the entire community -- male and female -- will be able to participate in our community garden," she says. "Our job training, computer training -- they can come and take classes."
Flowers says her charity will continue to help each veteran for as long as needed.
"They can continue the classes if they need help," she says. "If they've gotten behind on their utilities because they got sick or something, they can reach out to Genesis. They are going to always be apart of the Genesis Family."
The building located on Marshall Avenue in Warner Robins is still under construction. It's expected to be finished by this time next year.
Flowers says the Genesis Joy House is all volunteer based. Once the house is finished, there will be room for 13 veterans at a time.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying to Genesis Joy, fill out an intake form. You'll need proof of military status.
Each person can stay anywhere from 90 to 120 days.
You cab contact the Genesis Joy House at (478) 918-7606. Visit their Facebook here.