Genesis Center opening new Health and Wellness building

The Genesis Center’s new Health and Wellness building will offer free pregnancy tests to the wider Kaufman community with plans of expansion in the future.

The Genesis Center in Kaufman will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the opening of its new Health and Wellness building next Tuesday.

This new expansion to the faith-based nonprofit was built from funding raised entirely from donations and will be staffed exclusively by volunteers with the exception of manager Amanda Lewis. It’s a project that Lewis and her team have been working on getting off the ground for years and they are very excited to open it to the public.

“A few years ago we had a vision that we needed to expand on the education and wellness part for the girls here and for the community,” Lewis said. “It was a God-given direction that we needed this building.”

The new building will primarily be used to enhance and support the care given to those going through the Genesis Center program, a one to two year program that offers counseling, medical care, and guidance to women recovering from homelessness, domestic abuse or addiction.

“The girls go through five different phases and by the time they graduate they will have a job set up and we will get them transportation and a place to go.”

However, in addition to housing four new examination rooms and offering on-site dental care to the program’s patients, Lewis’ vision for the new building is for it to be community-focused. Free pregnancy tests for community members will be offered and Lewis hopes to acquire an ultrasound as the center expands.

Another key focus for the new building will be education. The center will offer life skills classes and also has plans to host GED classes from their partners at Navarro College.

“This is going to be a community-wide building,” Lewis said. “We will offer space to anybody who wants to use it.”

The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new building is set for Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the location on 2675 N. State Highway 34 in Kaufman.

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