Genesis Youth Crisis Center, Inc. held its open house and ribbon cutting for its newest program, Ridgeline Children’s Shelter, located at 413 Chestnut St. (Parsons) on January 30th.
Guests were received for tours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the ribbon cutting began at 11 a.m. Guests were lead in prayer by Kevin Keplinger, received a greeting from Jessica Waldo of the Tucker County CVB. Michael Garcia delivered well wishes on behalf of Senator Joe Manchin. Parsons Mayor Dorothy Judy welcomed the shelter and the agency to the area and Genesis Youth Crisis Center’s CEO Matt Rudder, assured those in attendance that Ridgeline Children’s Shelter intends to be a community partner in every sense, and looks forward to a long relationship with the town and its people. The shelter is set to begin taking children in the coming days.
The shelter will be home to up to 15 of WV’s most vulnerable youth, providing a short term, assessment based therapeutic environment, comprised of life skills, group interactions and behavior management in a family styled setting. The residents are provided 24-hour line of sight supervision and 24-hour medical care. Residents will receive on-site individual and group therapy, individual and group supportive counseling by certified staff, therapeutic behavior services including functional behavior assessment, intensive behavior management plans, psychiatric and psychological evaluations and individualized comprehensive service plans focused on social, emotional and educational functioning, as determined by clinician administered assessments.
Genesis Youth Crisis Center has established itself as a premier child welfare provider in the state of West Virginia. Beginning in 1980 as a shelter for homeless youth, they have evolved their purpose but their mission remains the same, to provide a safe haven for children, that fosters hope. Genesis Youth Crisis Center believes that every child deserves to be nurtured and supported in a stable and loving environment. By working in conjunction with West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources they believe that children can thrive in a family setting and develop skills necessary to function successfully as a member of that family, with an ultimate goal of achieving and/or maintaining permanency. Genesis Youth Crisis Center’s programs include emergency shelter services, foster care and Safe at Home WV. To learn more, get involved or to donate explore their website genesiswv.org