Genieve Shelter offices move

Published 9:28 pm Monday, February 11, 2013

Genieve Shelter case manager Latrika Powell and executive director Mary Williams-Davis hang a poster that reads “There’s no excuse for domestic violence” in their new office at 157 N. Main St. on Thursday.

The Genieve Shelter now has a new office for its administrative functions after a recent move.

The staff of seven now works at 157 N. Main St., on the second floor.

“We thought this location would help us as far as marketing,” said Mary Williams-Davis, the shelter’s executive director. The new office is directly across from the courthouse — making it also convenient for staff to go to court hearings with clients — and is located in the same building as other services victims of domestic violence might use, such as the Workforce Development Center.

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The new office also is less expensive than its former location on Holland Road, Williams-Davis said.

“With budget cuts, we had to downsize as far as the rent,” she said.

The organization’s phone number (925-4365) and services remain the same. They also are adding new services such as an empowerment program, where survivors of domestic violence come speak to the women, and a youth mentoring program, which especially emphasizes positive male role models.

“A lot of the time these young people are angry, and they’re really angry at men,” Williams-Davis said.

A legal aid program also has started to help domestic violence victims with issues such as protective orders, child custody and divorces, Williams-Davis said.

The organization still runs its emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing programs. It currently has bed space available, Williams-Davis added.

For clients in the program, it offers services to help them get back on their feet after escaping an abusive relationship, such as financial and employment counseling, mental health services, life skills classes and more.

“We give them the knowledge,” she said.

The organization is always in need of financial contributions and currently is seeking board members, Williams-Davis added. For more information, visit