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.
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 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, 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 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 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.
Sharon is a native of Washington County in Georgia, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies and Business Management from Walden University. Her career began in communications at several local radio stations in Macon, in which she also had a brief stint in television. Even then, efforts were made to serve her community through fundraising and outreach programs that she was fortunate to be a part of.
Sharon became employed at the City of Warner Robins and the Houston County Housing Authority as a Resident Services Coordinator/Program Director in the late 90’s. Little did she know that she was in an area of employment that required her heartfelt compassion for people. She’s provided supportive services to seniors as well as social services and community relations; by fostering with local agencies many partnerships were built. She planned and coordinated fundraising events to help fund the largest Back to School Bash in the Middle Georgia area. She assisted in implementing an on-site GED Program through Central Georgia Technical College; creating and implementing the curriculum for life skills training, a program in which educated women and men in becoming-self-sufficient and job ready; and provided case management services for all ages who resided in the housing authorities.
Sharon received two Collaborative Partnership Awards through the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She is proficient in grant writing where she’s secured several federal grants. Her journey continued at the Housing Authority and she became the Director of Development, where she managed the agency’s procurement and contracts securing bids for services while implementing all non-profit activities and operations; as well as an annual plan for the modernization of units.
And now, as she embarks on a new chapter in her life with Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc., as Program Director, she says, “I see only great things ahead to an already beautiful painting.” Sharon’s passion has always been to help those in need by being approachable and working collaboratively to reach one common goal. Because together in numbers we are stronger! Sharon says, “I’m looking forward to giving back to our unhoused veteran women as well as others. I’m up for the challenge. I’m only doing what I love to do”!