Salvation Army established Genesis House in 1981 as an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Rochester and Monroe County. The mission of Genesis House is to decrease homelessness among youth, provide for their health and well-being while in the shelter, strengthen family relationships, re-unite youth with their families whenever possible and discharge youth to stable living conditions.
Genesis House is a 14 bed facility open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The program provides emergency temporary shelter, food, counseling and life skills instruction for up to 30 days, and case management, referrals, advocacy and linkage services for up to 12 months to runaway and homeless youth and their families. The program serves approximately 250 male and female youth per year between the ages of 16 – 20.