Giving heroes a safe place to heal.

About Us

Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to ending chronic homelessness among women veterans in the U.S. For these women, the return to civilian life is very hard. Many suffer from issues such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma.

We provide transitional housing, career training, mental health counseling, life skills classes and education programs that put female veterans back on the path to independence and self-sufficiency.

Genesis also assists homeless female veterans in taking stock of their life experiences. They are given practical and effective tools to take charge of their lives and transform their futures. We know that thousands of lives will be turned around through our programs.

Genesis Joy House gives these American heroes a safe place to heal and the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

  • First and only transitional housing facility exclusively for female veterans in Middle Georgia
  • Proven and innovative 90–120 day programs that progress women veterans from homeless to full-time careers and residences of their own
  • Life skills and empowerment series
  • Addiction recovery programs
  • Job training and courses
  • Mental health counseling with expertise in PTSD treatment and overcoming military sexual trauma
  • 24-hour hotline providing resources to female and male veterans. Has helped over 20K veterans to date


“While attending the Ask A Banker webinar through Genesis, I learned many different things that I believe were vital. Everyone was nice and patient with us and explained everything so clearly. I learned about the home buying process, how important it is to save, interest rates and banking insights. I am thankful for the invite to attend."



“The Ask A Banker webinar that Genesis Joy House provided was really informative for me. I learned a lot about how to keep my money more secure. It was especially eye opening to learn the difference between Zelle and other cash apps like Venmo and Cash App."



“I’d just like to let you know how very satisfied I was with the level of service that was given at the Ask A Banker webinar through Genesis Joy House and the wealth of knowledge from the bankers. They were able to answer all of our questions.”



“I wasn’t aware that you can receive two free credit reports a year in the state of Georgia until I attended the financial literacy webinar through Genesis Joy House. I also have been working on building my credit through the information that I received.”



“I needed an understanding regarding a regular savings account versus a money market savings, and now I better understand the difference between the two, from the financial literacy webinar through Genesis, and have since opened a money market account.”



“I was very thankful to be a part of the Ask A Banker webinar that was offered by Genesis Joy House and Truist Bank. I needed help in regards to an annuity that I’ve inherited and I needed to find out what direction to go regarding a payout. I was treated very well by all those concerned and was given some great advice which I’ve utilized.”



"Nobody wants to say, 'I can't put a roof over my head'; Nobody wants to say, 'I need help clothing my children'. At Genesis, we are bringing them to the next level they need in order to be able to stand on their own."



"Genesis Joy House has been an amazing Bright Light in some of the darkest, loneliness moments in my life. When I think of Genesis, the one word that comes to mind is "dignity" they are NOT a hand out, they're a "Hand Up". When life's tragedy hit my family, I didn't even know how to ask for help. I had assumed those closest to us would be the ones to help us, sadly enough the only thing people said to us was, "we'll pray for you". While emotionally that may have offered some comfort, it did not come even close to reaching our needs. In daily living we do not need for nothing, but when this life crisis came so fast and was so incredibly overwhelming my family was stunned. It was so overwhelming I literally felt like I was going to have a breakdown. This is when the team at Genesis, led by the amazing woman of God, Margaret Queen-Flower, calmed me down enough to get me to tell them exactly what my needs were. It took me a couple of days to respond to Mrs. Flowers because I could not believe someone was going to help. Then the calls started to come' there were real people, literally going to give me the things I needed from diapers, to baby beds, clothes, toys, food, toiletries and so so much more. All while preserving my dignity about needing help. We are a simple family, going about our daily lives, and we needed help. Genesis was there to pick us up. THANK YOU Genesis from the bottom of our hearts."

The Osirus Family


"There is so much frustration when your brain doesn't work right. You see where you used to be and what you used to be capable of. Now I can't do any of those things."



"Genesis... It was like God sent me Angels. They were the beginning of the end of that dark season for me."



"After combat, it can be very difficult to return to your normal self. It can be a real struggle without the right services in place. Genesis gives veterans a second chance."

Lt. Col. Jessica Chapman

Margaret Queen-Flowers


Margaret is a native of Washington, D.C. and is walking in the purpose that God placed her on this earth to fulfill. Inspired by knowing that our freedom isn’t free, and the sacrifices that our veterans make for us every day, she was led in 2011 to create Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. (Genesis).

She quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, as well as giving a hand up, and not a hand out, to our homeless female veterans. She was instrumental in obtaining a property donation valued at $283,000. Genesis is making history by offering the first transitional housing facility in Houston County (Middle Georgia) to house our homeless female veterans. To date, Margaret’s efforts through Genesis have brought in over $500,000 in grant funds and over $300,000 in in-kind donations, including food, professional work clothing, toiletries, hygiene products, furniture, building supplies, donated labor, and toy drives.

Mandy Hazelton


Mandy Hazelton is a United States Air Force veteran who served 20 years as an Aerospace Medical Technician. She is currently serving as a hospitality coordinator for the Robins AFB Chapel where she arranges events and programs for the well-being and morale of Airmen. Additionally, Mandy is a certified resiliency trainer and has a Masters of Arts in Communications, Media, Arts and Production management from Regent University. She assists the Public Relations team with marketing and promotions.

Dr. Tim Riley, LPC/NCC

Vice President, BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Tim Riley, LPC/NCC, grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia. His father was a retired Air Force officer. Tim is a state of Georgia licensed professional counselor as well as a nationally certified counselor. He practiced general mental health counseling as well as extensive alcohol and drug abuse and addiction counseling. Tim has been very politically active all his life.

After retiring Tim moved to Hawaii and was elected to office in Waianae, Hawaii. In Hawaii he was very active in working with the houseless/homeless community. When the pandemic hit he decided to move back home to be closer to family. After returning back to his hometown of Warner Robins, he decided to seek ways to give back to his community that gave him so many gifts. He is back working in politics and serving his community in an effort to reach the unhoused female veterans who are so deserving of our community’s support.

Mark Clark


Mark Clark is originally from Rockford, IL. He is the youngest son of a WWII Veteran who was awarded several Bronze Medals in the Pacific Theater.  Mark’s passion is serving Veterans and Active-duty Military in the VA Loan industry.  He is certified by the Veteran Lending Council and spends time volunteering to teach Veterans, Active-duty Military, as well as, real estate and mortgage professionals about the benefits of the VA Loan and how to use the benefit. 

In college, Mark captained the University of Minnesota soccer team. He still enjoys playing sports in his spare time.

In his professional career he has built multiple businesses from the ground up.  His most recent ventures included a manufacturing company, Raw Pharma, and a brand of energy shots, Rhino Rush, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer of each company until they were sold in 2020.

Mark has also served in many volunteer capacities in the LDS church including Young Men’s Presidencies and Priesthood Presidencies.

He has 6 children and 1 grandchild. He now resides in Braselton, GA with his wife and youngest son.

Dorothy Britton


Dorothy is a native of Water Valley, MS, and a graduate of Alcorn State University where she received her commission as a Second Lieutenant. Following graduation, she embarked upon her military career as an Ordnance Officer. After a career of over 22 years both Active Duty and Reserves, Dorothy retired from the Army in 2011.

She currently resides in Stone Mountain, GA with her husband (CW4 Dario Britton) and their daughter (Sidney, a student at Georgia Institute of Technology University) and their cat (Sockie).

Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Alcorn State University and an MSA in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. She has extensive administrative and human resources management experience, strategic planning and proven abilities as a corporate steward interacting with multiple levels of management and culturally diverse audiences.

She is the owner and CEO of Phoenix Notary Solutions, LLC providing mobile notary, loan signing, and field inspection services.

She cherishes time spent with her family and friends, attending her church, New Life Church, in Decatur, GA, and supporting her church’s ministries.

Nia Henderson


Nia Henderson is a Detroit, MI native and a proven organizational change leader and strategic thinker with excellent communication, organizational and analytical skills. Henderson has used her strong human resources background, “Can Do” attitude and a blend of experience in various positions within the for-profit and nonprofit industries to affect positive change in the organizations where she has served.

Outside of the office, Henderson serves as an independent HR consultant and is an active SHRM and NAAAHR member.

Henderson holds a BS in Business Administration from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and is currently pursuing a MBA from LSUS.