As many of you know, BASICS and GENESIS Ministries have been working very closely since their inceptions and are separate 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organizations. Both are very dedicated to "showing and telling" God's love to our communities in SE Wisconsin. BASICS is functioning as a Mission Agency to bring unity to the Christian Community by providing many different opportunities to use your gifts of time, talents, treasure, touch and tears to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 for the past 20 years.
GENESIS was established in 2009 to function as a Non Government Organization (NGO) to work effectively within the secular community to help men and women coming out of Prisons, Homelessness and Young Adults aging out of the Foster Care System.
The MISSION of GENESIS in Milwaukee, Inc. is to facilitate successful integration of citizens returning to communities from correctional facilities, thereby increasing public safety and decreasing recidivism and improving the quality of life for all Milwaukee residents.
God blessed the start-up of GENESIS with some local funding but also with two significant grants from the Federal Government that were for Mentoring and Fatherhood/Motherhood training which was ended early this year.
In our planning for the future, our goal is to develop a Ministry/Business Plan that will render GENESIS to be self-sustaining and financially viable. In September, the Plan will be submitted to the Boards of both GENESIS and BASICS for approval
In the meantime, the operations of GENESIS will be "on hold" with the focus on the "In Prison" part of the "Bridge" Program that links returning citizens to resources to help them to successfully stay out of the correctional system, will be part of BASICS as the "GENESIS Project".
Frank Woods will serve as Minister to Milwaukee/GENESIS Project leader and integrated into the BASICS prison ministries with chaplain Ministers to Milwaukee Mike Moses, Pastor Alvin Hull, Ron Koepke and Roger Dynes. The Administrative functions will be provided by Cheryl McMurtry and Deanna Ratz.
Dereck McClendon (Program Director) has decided to pursue other endeavors.
Mark Sinski has had emergency open heart surgery and is awaiting knee surgery so will be in recovery. (Please pray for Mark during this healing time.)
Sonya Graves is pursuing her support as a Minister to Milwaukee within BASICS serving as a Family Counselor. (Pray for Sonya's support.)
Donations for GENESIS to continue working with Returning Citizens should be written out to BASICS in Milwaukee with "GENESIS Project" on the memo line.
We covet your prayers for wisdom and discernment during this important time of transition. If you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to call us at 414-372-7200.
God's richest blessings on you and your family, and thank you for your continued prayers and support as partners in bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighbors in SE Wisconsin.
"Therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor in your land." (Deuteronomy 15:11)