Atlanta, Ga (PRWEB) May 14, 2009
Genesis - A New Life is profiled in the new book, "5 Principles for A Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours," which will be in stores this week. The book, written by Newt Gingrich and his daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman, focuses on five principles they've used to empower their own success and fulfillment. Genesis, a transitional center for the families of homeless newborns in Atlanta, Ga., is included in the book as an example of what can be accomplished with hard work and perseverance. Likewise, the book includes insights and personal stories from leaders in the worlds of politics, business, and entertainment, including former President Bill Clinton, David Petraeus, Rudy Giuliani and Tavis Smiley among others.
Several years ago the Genesis board of directors, including author Jackie Gingrich Cushman, came together to raise funds for a much-needed facility even though experts told them it couldn't be done. The board overcame many obstacles to build the facility that today houses 18 families and provides a range of support services to successfully tackle the issues that lead to homelessness. "The Genesis story is a wonderful example of hard work and determination by a board of directors who would not give up on our dream to help stop homelessness in Atlanta," said Jackie Gingrich Cushman. "The purpose of this book is to offer real-life examples that will inspire and motivate readers. This is critically important during the tough economic times we face today."
Today's economic climate poses many new challenges for Genesis. Funding sources have slowed or disappeared, but the need for services is steadily increasingly. Homelessness in Atlanta is at an all-time high. According to the Atlanta Homeless Task Force, children under age nine comprise the fastest growing group of homeless people in Atlanta.
Similar to when the Atlanta community came together to fund a new home for Genesis, the Genesis board is reaching out to the Atlanta community for support during this tough economic period. "We put out the word that Genesis needs help, and many have responded. It will take many new partners and individual volunteers to ensure we continue to provide Atlanta's homeless families with the quality level of support and assistance they need," said Genesis Board Chair Dorothy Franzioni. "We are excited that the good work of Genesis is being highlighted in this new book by Newt Gingrich and Jackie Gingrich Cushman."
Genesis - A New Life enables the families of homeless newborns to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency through comprehensive services and support. Founded in 1994 in response to a growing homelessness crisis in Atlanta, Genesis today serves up to18 different-sized families at one time. Genesis has a unique success rate because of its focus on tackling the root causes of homelessness through its expert staff, innovating training program and strategic partnerships with education, health care, legal and child care organizations. For more information go to http://genesisshelter.com.