Valeriea holds a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Administration from Columbia Southern University (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Amora Theological Institution. She is married to Douglas and has two children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family,
going to church and giving back to help others in need.
While in service, Valeriea supported over 200 military Personnel records for
the Brigade. She was also responsible for the supervision, welfare, training,
and moral support of 10 to 25 soldiers. Additionally, she provided computer
support to include software upgrades, running computer jobs, and played a very important role with the Y2K fix in the 1990 time-frame.
Valeriea is a Florida native. Her career began in the U.S. Army, where she served 20 years,  and received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal.
Julie believes every company has a compelling story to tell and has earned a reputation for quickly grasping complex topics and turning them into engaging print, online and mobile content. Of course, some companies need a little help uncovering and developing those stories, so she puts on her interviewer’s hat to help them find their unique positioning. She  has certifications in SEO, Content Marketing and Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ).
Julie spearheads Hazel Tree Group, a marketing and communications company that specializes in the financial, high tech, legal, and nonprofit industries. She is passionate about helping her clients develop communications strategies and tactics that effectively resonate with their publics. With over twenty years of experience in public relations and communications under her belt, Julie is also an experienced writer who has written more press releases, marketing content, grant proposals, and thought leadership pieces than she can count.
Active in communities across the country, Cassondra’s volunteer work is extensive as a youth mentor, case worker for the elderly, literacy teacher, women’s safety advocate, homeless services champion and housing advisor to the City of Austin.  She has served on more than six nonprofit boards.
Cassondra is a career Naval Intelligence Officer with 20 years of service. She served as the Pentagon’s in-country liaison to the U.S. Air Force in the Middle East, headed the Navy’s intelligence office in Seoul, Korea and led the operations of several units. She has amassed corporate experience in
Fortune 500 juggernauts such as General Electric, American Express and JP Morgan Chase, as well as tech companies such as billion-dollar software firm Atlassian, defense systems giant Textron and Amazon.
Cassondra is a native of Georgia. She grew up around the world as an Army brat. Her family lives in Columbus, Georgia. She co-parents three young men and five grandchildren.
Jessica grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is the oldest of two children. She lives a life of service and is passionate about giving back to local communities. Jessica and her family live in the Middle Georgia area, where she extends herself into the community through education as a Houston County substitute school teacher, an advocate for STEM education and a motivational speaker.
Jessica is a retired combat veteran. She held many executive positions while serving our nation, to include the Regional Team Director, United States Combined Forces-Afghanistan, Regional Command South, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Prior to her Regional Team Director position, she was the Chief of Tactical Aircraft, Global Reach Programs Directorate, Assistant Secretary
of the Air Force for Acquisition at the U.S. Pentagon. In this capacity she was responsible for a $2.3 billion-dollar portfolio in research, development and procurement in collaboration with U.S. Congress and Department of Defense.
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 the Genesis has brought in over $170,000 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 toys.
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.
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).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TESTIMONIALS
Genesis also assists homeless female veterans in taking stock of the life experiences that have propelled them into criminal activity, while helping them take responsibility for their criminal behavior.  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.
Our supportive transitional housing programs offer our country’s homeless female veterans a chance to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.
We offer a holistic life approach that addresses the whole veteran. In addition to transitional housing, we also offer physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health support and education with the goal of moving each female veteran towards self-sustainability and a productive life once again.
Our goal is to give homeless female veterans throughout the state of Georgia a powerful program that will empower and build their self-esteem, as well as assist them in building a productive and sustainable life.
For some female veterans the return to civilian life can be very hard. They often face issues such as PTSD, the challenges of raising children on their own, and even the after-effects of military sexual trauma. Without intervention, these and other issues can put female veterans at greater risk of homelessness. Genesis Joy House plans to change this one female veteran at a time.
Genesis Joy House is a nonprofit organization and the first and only transitional housing facility in the Southeast dedicated to the unique, and often complicated, needs of the homeless female veteran. These women are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States and we believe it’s time we address this mounting crisis.
ABOUT US
Lt. Col. Jessica Chapman, Veteran and Genesis Board President
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.
Colleen, Homeless Veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
Detra, Homeless
Genesis…It was like God sent me Angels. They were the beginning of the end of that dark season for me.
Christina, Air Force Reservist, Former Genesis Board Member
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.
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© Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. 2020
Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. is a proud member of:
Genesis Joy House is a 501(c)(3) organization. Determination letter.
Volunteer
Volunteer
Valeriea holds a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Administration from Columbia Southern University (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Amora Theological Institution. She is married to Douglas and has two children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, going to church and giving back to help others in need.
While in service, Valeriea supported over 200 military Personnel records for the Brigade. She was also responsible for the supervision, welfare, training, and moral support of 10 to 25 soldiers.  Additionally, she provided computer support to include software upgrades, running computer jobs, and played a very important role with the Y2K fix in the 1990 time-frame.
Valeriea is a Florida native. Her career began in the U.S. Army, where she served 20 years,  and received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal.
Julie believes every company has a compelling story to tell and has earned a reputation for quickly grasping complex topics and turning them into engaging print, online and mobile content. Of course, some companies need a little help uncovering and developing those stories, so she puts on her interviewer’s hat to help them find their unique positioning. She  has certifications in SEO, Content Marketing and Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ).
who has written more press releases, marketing content, grant proposals, and thought leadership pieces than she can count.
Julie spearheads Hazel Tree Group, a marketing and communications company that specializes in the financial, high tech, legal, and nonprofit industries. She is passionate about helping her clients develop communications strategies and tactics that effectively resonate with their publics. With over twenty years of experience in public relations and communications under her belt, Julie is also an experienced writer
Active in communities across the country, Cassondra’s volunteer work is extensive as a youth mentor, case worker for the elderly, literacy teacher, women’s safety advocate, homeless services champion and housing advisor to the City of Austin. She has served on more than six nonprofit boards.
Cassondra is a career Naval Intelligence Officer with 20 years of service. She served as the Pentagon’s in-country liaison to the U.S. Air Force in the Middle East, headed the Navy’s intelligence office in Seoul, Korea and led the operations of several units. She has amassed corporate experience in Fortune 500 juggernauts such as General Electric, American Express and JP Morgan Chase, as well as tech companies such as billion-dollar software firm Atlassian, defense systems giant Textron and Amazon.
Cassondra is a native of Georgia. She grew up around the world as an Army brat. Her family lives in Columbus, Georgia. She co-parents three young men and five grandchildren.
Jessica grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is the oldest of two children. She lives a life of service and is passionate about giving back to local communities. Jessica and her family live in the Middle Georgia area, where she extends herself into the community through education as a Houston County substitute school teacher, an advocate for STEM education and a motivational speaker.
U.S. Pentagon. In this capacity she was responsible for a $2.3 billion-dollar portfolio in research, development and procurement in collaboration with U.S. Congress and Department of Defense.
Jessica is a retired combat veteran. She held many executive positions while serving our nation, to include the Regional Team Director, United States Combined Forces-Afghanistan, Regional Command South, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Prior to her Regional Team Director position, she was the Chief of Tactical Aircraft, Global Reach Programs Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the
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 the Genesis has brought in over $170,000 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 toys.
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).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lt. Col. Jessica Chapman, Veteran and Genesis Board President
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.
Colleen, Homeless Veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
Detra, Homeless
Genesis…It was like God sent me Angels. They were the beginning of the end of that dark season for me.
Christina, Air Force Reservist, Former Genesis Board Member
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.
TESTIMONIALS
Our goal is to give homeless female veterans throughout the state of Georgia a powerful program that will empower and build their self-esteem, as well as assist them in building a productive and sustainable life.
Genesis also assists homeless female veterans in taking stock of the life experiences that have propelled them into criminal activity, while helping them take responsibility for their criminal behavior.  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.
Our supportive transitional housing programs offer our country’s homeless female veterans a chance to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.
We offer a holistic life approach that addresses the whole veteran. In addition to transitional housing, we also offer physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health support and education with the goal of moving each female veteran towards self-sustainability and a productive life once again.
For some female veterans the return to civilian life can be very hard. They often face issues such as PTSD, the challenges of raising children on their own, and even the after-effects of military sexual trauma. Without intervention, these and other issues can put female veterans at greater risk of homelessness. Genesis Joy House plans to change this one female veteran at a time.
Genesis Joy House is a nonprofit organization and the first and only transitional housing facility in the Southeast dedicated to the unique, and often complicated, needs of the homeless female veteran. These women are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States and we believe it’s time we address this mounting crisis.
ABOUT US
BACK TO TOP
Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. is a proud member of:
Genesis Joy House is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Determination letter.
© Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. 2020
Volunteer
Volunteer
Valeriea holds a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Administration from Columbia Southern University (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Amora Theological Institution. She is married to Douglas and has two children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, going to church and giving back to help others in need.
While in service, Valeriea supported over 200 military Personnel records for the Brigade. She was also responsible for the supervision, welfare, training, and moral support of 10 to 25 soldiers.  Additionally, she provided computer support to include software upgrades, running computer jobs, and played a very important role with the Y2K fix in the 1990 time-frame.
Valeriea is a Florida native. Her career began in the U.S. Army, where she served 20 years,  and received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal.
Julie believes every company has a compelling story to tell and has earned a reputation for quickly grasping complex topics and turning them into engaging print, online and mobile content. Of course, some companies need a little help uncovering and developing those stories, so she puts on her interviewer’s hat to help them find their unique positioning. She  has certifications in SEO, Content Marketing and Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ).
Julie spearheads Hazel Tree Group, a marketing and communications company that specializes in the financial, high tech, legal, and nonprofit industries. She is passionate about helping her clients develop communications strategies and tactics that effectively resonate with their publics. With over twenty years of experience in public relations and communications under her belt, Julie is also an experienced writer who has written more press releases, marketing content, grant proposals, and thought leadership pieces than she can count.
Active in communities across the country, Cassondra’s volunteer work is extensive as a youth mentor, case worker for the elderly, literacy teacher, women’s safety advocate, homeless services champion and housing advisor to the City of Austin.  She has served on more than six nonprofit boards.
Cassondra is a career Naval Intelligence Officer with 20 years of service. She served as the Pentagon’s in-country liaison to the U.S. Air Force in the Middle East, headed the Navy’s intelligence office in Seoul, Korea and led the operations of several units. She has amassed corporate experience in Fortune 500 juggernauts such as General Electric, American Express and JP Morgan Chase, as well as tech companies such as billion-dollar software firm Atlassian, defense systems giant Textron and Amazon.
Cassondra is a native of Georgia. She grew up around the world as an Army brat. Her family lives in Columbus, Georgia. She co-parents three young men and five grandchildren.
Jessica grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is the oldest of two children. She lives a life of service and is passionate about giving back to local communities. Jessica and her family live in the Middle Georgia area, where she extends herself into the community through education as a Houston County substitute school teacher, an advocate for STEM education and a motivational speaker.
Jessica is a retired combat veteran. She held many executive positions while serving our nation, to include the Regional Team Director, United States Combined Forces-Afghanistan, Regional Command South, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Prior to her Regional Team Director position, she was the Chief of Tactical Aircraft, Global Reach Programs Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the U.S. Pentagon. In this capacity she was responsible for a $2.3 billion-dollar portfolio in research, development and procurement in collaboration with U.S. Congress and Department of Defense.
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 the Genesis has brought in over $170,000 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 toys.
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).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lt. Col. Jessica Chapman, Veteran and Genesis Board President
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.
Colleen, Homeless Veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
Detra, Homeless
Genesis…It was like God sent me Angels. They were the beginning of the end of that dark season for me.
Christina, Air Force Reservist, Former Genesis Board Member
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.
TESTIMONIALS
Genesis also assists homeless female veterans in taking stock of the life experiences that have propelled them into criminal activity, while helping them take responsibility for their criminal behavior.  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.
Our supportive transitional housing programs offer our country’s homeless female veterans a chance to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.
We offer a holistic life approach that addresses the whole veteran. In addition to transitional housing, we also offer physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health support and education with the goal of moving each female veteran towards self-sustainability and a productive life once again.
For some female veterans the return to civilian life can be very hard. They often face issues such as PTSD, the challenges of raising children on their own, and even the after-effects of military sexual trauma. Without intervention, these and other issues can put female veterans at greater risk of homelessness. Genesis Joy House plans to change this one female veteran at a time.
Genesis Joy House is a nonprofit organization and the first and only transitional housing facility in the Southeast dedicated to the unique, and often complicated, needs of the homeless female veteran. These women are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States and we believe it’s time we address this mounting crisis.
ABOUT US
Our goal is to give homeless female veterans throughout the state of Georgia a powerful program that will empower and build their self-esteem, as well as assist them in building a productive and sustainable life.
Volunteer
Volunteer
BACK TO TOP
Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. is a proud member of:
© Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. 2020
Genesis Joy House is a 501(c)(3) organization. Determination letter.
Volunteer
Volunteer
Valeriea holds a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Administration from Columbia Southern University (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Amora Theological Institution. She is married to Douglas and has two children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, going to church and giving back to help others in need.
While in service, Valeriea supported over 200 military Personnel records for the Brigade. She was also responsible for the supervision, welfare, training, and moral support of 10 to 25 soldiers.  Additionally, she provided computer support to include software upgrades, running computer jobs, and played a very important role with the Y2K fix in the 1990 time-frame.
Valeriea is a Florida native. Her career began in the U.S. Army, where she served 20 years,  and received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal.
Julie believes every company has a compelling story to tell and has earned a reputation for quickly grasping complex topics and turning them into engaging print, online and mobile content. Of course, some companies need a little help uncovering and developing those stories, so she puts on her interviewer’s hat to help them find their unique positioning. She  has certifications in SEO, Content Marketing and Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ).
relations and communications under her belt, Julie is also an experienced writer who has written more press releases, marketing content, grant proposals, and thought leadership pieces than she can count.
Julie spearheads Hazel Tree Group, a marketing and communications company that specializes in the financial, high tech, legal, and nonprofit industries. She is passionate about helping her clients develop communications strategies and tactics that effectively resonate with their publics. With over twenty years of experience in public
Active in communities across the country, Cassondra’s volunteer work is extensive as a youth mentor, case worker for the elderly, literacy teacher, women’s safety advocate, homeless services champion and housing advisor to the City of Austin.  She has served on more than six nonprofit boards.
Cassondra is a career Naval Intelligence Officer with 20 years of service. She served as the Pentagon’s in-country liaison to the U.S. Air Force in the Middle East, headed the Navy’s intelligence office in Seoul, Korea and led the operations of several units. She has amassed corporate experience in Fortune 500 juggernauts such as General Electric, American Express and JP Morgan Chase, as well as tech companies such as billion-dollar software firm Atlassian, defense systems giant Textron and Amazon.
Cassondra is a native of Georgia. She grew up around the world as an Army brat. Her family lives in Columbus, Georgia. She co-parents three young men and five grandchildren.
Jessica grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is the oldest of two children. She lives a life of service and is passionate about giving back to local communities. Jessica and her family live in the Middle Georgia area, where she extends herself into the community through education as a Houston County substitute school teacher, an advocate for STEM education and a motivational speaker.
Global Reach Programs Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the U.S. Pentagon. In this capacity she was responsible for a $2.3 billion-dollar portfolio in research, development and procurement in collaboration with U.S. Congress and Department of Defense.
Jessica is a retired combat veteran. She held many executive positions while serving our nation, to include the Regional Team Director, United States Combined Forces-Afghanistan, Regional Command South, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Prior to her Regional Team Director position, she was the Chief of Tactical Aircraft,
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 the Genesis has brought in over $170,000 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 toys.
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).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lt. Col. Jessica Chapman, Veteran and Genesis Board President
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.
Colleen, Homeless Veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
Detra, Homeless
Genesis…It was like God sent me Angels. They were the beginning of the end of that dark season for me.
Christina, Air Force Reservist, Former Genesis Board Member
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 also assists homeless female veterans in taking stock of the life experiences that have propelled them into criminal activity, while helping them take responsibility for their criminal behavior.  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.
Our supportive transitional housing programs offer our country’s homeless female veterans a chance to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.
We offer a holistic life approach that addresses the whole veteran. In addition to transitional housing, we also offer physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health support and education with the goal of moving each female veteran towards self-sustainability and a productive life once again.
Our goal is to give homeless female veterans throughout the state of Georgia a powerful program that will empower and build their self-esteem, as well as assist them in building a productive and sustainable life.
For some female veterans the return to civilian life can be very hard. They often face issues such as PTSD, the challenges of raising children on their own, and even the after-effects of military sexual trauma. Without intervention, these and other issues can put female veterans at greater risk of homelessness. Genesis Joy House plans to change this one female veteran at a time.
Genesis Joy House is a nonprofit organization and the first and only transitional housing facility in the Southeast dedicated to the unique, and often complicated, needs of the homeless female veteran. These women are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States and we believe it’s time we address this mounting crisis.
ABOUT US
TESTIMONIALS
Volunteer
Volunteer
BACK TO TOP
Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. is a proud member of:
Determination letter.
Genesis Joy House is a 501(c)(3) organization.
© Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc. 2020
Volunteer
Volunteer
Valeriea holds a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Administration from Columbia Southern University (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Amora Theological Institution. She is married to Douglas and has two children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, going to church and giving back to help others in need.
While in service, Valeriea supported over 200 military Personnel records for the Brigade. She was also responsible for the supervision, welfare, training, and moral support of 10 to 25 soldiers. Additionally, she provided computer support to include software upgrades, running computer jobs, and played a very important role with the Y2K fix in the 1990 time-frame.
Valeriea is a Florida native. Her career began in the U.S. Army, where she served 20 years,  and received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal.
Julie believes every company has a compelling story to tell and has earned a reputation for quickly grasping complex topics and turning them into engaging print, online and mobile content. Of course, some companies need a little help uncovering and developing those stories, so she puts on her interviewer’s hat to help them find their unique positioning. She  has certifications in SEO, Content Marketing and Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ).
Julie spearheads Hazel Tree Group, a marketing and communications company that specializes in the financial, high tech, legal, and nonprofit industries. She is passionate about helping her clients develop communications strategies and tactics that effectively resonate with their publics. With over twenty years of experience in public relations and communications under her belt, Julie is also an experienced writer who has written more press releases, marketing content, grant proposals, and thought leadership pieces than she can count.
Active in communities across the country, Cassondra’s volunteer work is extensive as a youth mentor, case worker for the elderly, literacy teacher, women’s safety advocate, homeless services champion and housing advisor to the City of Austin. She has served on more than six nonprofit boards.
Cassondra is a career Naval Intelligence Officer with 20 years of service. She served as the Pentagon’s in-country liaison to the U.S. Air Force in the Middle East, headed the Navy’s intelligence office in Seoul, Korea and led the operations of several units. She has amassed corporate experience in Fortune 500 juggernauts such as General Electric, American Express and JP Morgan Chase, as well as tech companies such as billion-dollar software firm Atlassian, defense systems giant Textron and Amazon.
Cassondra is a native of Georgia. She grew up around the world as an Army brat. Her family lives in Columbus, Georgia. She co-parents three young men and five grandchildren.
Jessica grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is the oldest of two children. She lives a life of service and is passionate about giving back to local communities. Jessica and her family live in the Middle Georgia area, where she extends herself into the community through education as a Houston County substitute school teacher, an advocate for STEM education and a motivational speaker.
Jessica is a retired combat veteran. She held many executive positions while serving our nation, to include the Regional Team Director, United States Combined Forces-Afghanistan, Regional Command South, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Prior to her Regional Team Director position, she was the Chief of Tactical Aircraft, Global Reach Programs Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the U.S. Pentagon. In this capacity she was responsible for a $2.3 billion-dollar portfolio in research, development and procurement in collaboration with U.S. Congress and Department of Defense.
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 the Genesis has brought in over $170,000 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 toys.
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).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lt. Col. Jessica Chapman, Veteran and Genesis Board President
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.
Colleen, Homeless Veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
Detra, Homeless
Genesis…It was like God sent me Angels. They were the beginning of the end of that dark season for me.
Christina, Air Force Reservist, Former Genesis Board Member
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.
TESTIMONIALS
Our goal is to give homeless female veterans throughout the state of Georgia a powerful program that will empower and build their self-esteem, as well as assist them in building a productive and sustainable life.
Genesis also assists homeless female veterans in taking stock of the life experiences that have propelled them into criminal activity, while helping them take responsibility for their criminal behavior.  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.
Our supportive transitional housing programs offer our country’s homeless female veterans a chance to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.
We offer a holistic life approach that addresses the whole veteran. In addition to transitional housing, we also offer physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health support and education with the goal of moving each female veteran towards self-sustainability and a productive life once again.
For some female veterans the return to civilian life can be very hard. They often face issues such as PTSD, the challenges of raising children on their own, and even the after-effects of military sexual trauma. Without intervention, these and other issues can put female veterans at greater risk of homelessness. Genesis Joy House plans to change this one female veteran at a time.
Genesis Joy House is a nonprofit organization and the first and only transitional housing facility in the Southeast dedicated to the unique, and often complicated, needs of the homeless female veteran. These women are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States and we believe it’s time we address this mounting crisis.
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