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Giving heroes a safe place to heal. Let’s help make a difference Even the smallest donation can make a difference

Genesis Joy House

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 Southeast. 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.

Julie Swartzlander


Julie Swartzlander spearheads Hazel Tree Group, a marketing and communications company that specializes in the financial, high tech, legal, and nonprofit industries. She has over 25 years of experience in public relations and marketing communications under her belt and is an experienced writer who has authored hundreds of press releases, thought leadership pieces, white papers, and marketing copy. Some of her clients include ADP, AMD, KPMG, Microsoft, Motorola, Sprint and Starbucks.

She strongly believes in giving back to the community and has served on the board of directors for Corpus Christi Literacy Council; provided public relations counsel and support for the American Heart Association and Military Child Education Coalition; and tutored children in Gwinnett County Public Schools. She currently volunteers at her church’s food pantry.

As a Navy wife, Julie personally witnessed the bravery of our nation’s veterans as well as the challenges they often encounter successfully transitioning to civilian life. She has a special interest in female veterans and military families. She is proud to lead the board of directors of Genesis Joy House and also serves as the nonprofit’s senior grant writer.

Dr. LuAna Boykins


A Nebraska native, LuAna served in the US Army Signal Corp for seven (7) years before her honorable discharge, during which time she served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a military Veteran, LuAna has a strong belief in social responsibility, driving her to play an active role in both professional and community organizations throughout her career. In addition to leading professional Veterans’ affinity groups, Boykins has served several organizations on their mission to help Veterans transition from active duty to a civilian profession through resume support, interview coaching and connecting Veterans to potential employers. Recognized for her efforts in supporting Veteran awareness and employment opportunities, Boykins received a Torch Award for Political Awareness and Involvement in 2016.

Boykins earned her Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis on health care administration from Northcentral University and holds an MBA from Upper Iowa University. LuAna currently serves as the executive of a health care engagement company with responsibility for ensuring the achievement of operating metrics, goals, and objectives; and providing leadership across multiple business functions including contact center operations, retail, digital solution delivery and maintenance, marketing creative and marketing execution, and client reporting.

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.

David Collignon


David Collignon, SVP of Operations for Blink Fitness leads the sales generation, member experience and operations of 115 company owned and franchise locations nationwide. He has 30+ years of senior executive experience in operations, customer experience, facilities and construction and global sourcing for fitness and retail brands such as Equinox, The Children’s Place, Eddie Bauer J.crew and Calvin Klein. He serves on the Rutgers University Customer Experience Advisory Board. He resides in New Jersey with his wife of 30 years, June and family and serves his church in many capacities. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Sarah Davis


As a North Carolina native, Sarah Davis completed her Masters of Accounting at North Carolina State University. As a licensed CPA, she has over 15 years of experience as a finance professional from Fortunate 500 Companies to small manufacturing operations. Sarah enjoys merging her professional knowledge and love of service to support nonprofit operations for sustained success in enabling them to best serve and meet their mission. Previously she has volunteered as Big Sister for the Big Sister Foundation of Boston. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and enjoys spending her free time with her three dogs.

Sherry Holland


Ms. Holland is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Illinois in Spanish and Russian, and holds a Masters Degree as a State Department Fellow in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin. After completing her Masters, Ms Holland served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force. After six years of service, the Air Force sent Ms Holland to law school at DePaul University College of Law.

Counsel and through the twenty-five years of service, she reached the Deputy and then for the last fifteen years she reached the executive level of General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in highly regulated, global employers. As an ESF expert, she has served as Secretary to the Boards of Directors and Boards of Trustees. She served as an Advisory Member to the Board of Trustees to John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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.

Tammy Long-Dunn


Tammy is a native of Rome, GA and a graduate of Fort Valley State University where she received her degree in Mathematics Education. Following graduation, she embarked upon her career in education. She taught high school mathematics, was an Intervention Specialist, and a high school and middle school principal. She also served as an adjunct professor for Fort Valley State University.

She has extensive administrative experience in education. One of her greatest accomplishments was being given the opportunity to build and name Thomson Middle School. After 30 years in education, Tammy retired from the Houston County School system.

She currently resides in Kathleen, GA with her husband (T. Anthony). Tammy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from Fort Valley State University. She also holds a Masters and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Georgia College and State University.

She is the owner and CEO of Dunndaful Creations, LLC providing customized t-shirts, cutting boards and dolls.

She cherishes time spent with her grandchildren, family and friends, attending her church and attending professional football and basketball games.

Joyce Hollins


Joyce is currently a nursing professor at Middle Georgia State University. She is an advanced nurse practitioner. Joyce’s husband is a reservist in the U.S. Air Force. She has a daughter attending Kennesaw State University, a son at Middle Ga State University and a daughter in middle school.

Joyce holds a master in nursing leadership and adult gerontology advanced practice. She has been a nurse for 18 years in various areas to include education, leadership, cardiology and community health. Joyce is a US Air Force veteran and grew up traveling as a military dependent with her family.