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August 19th, 2022
Genesis Vancouver Program Update
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Here is an update regarding our Genesis Vancouver Program. We are currently focusing on growing and expanding our job training program to women who have graduated from our Genesis Vancouver Program. Our Global Wonders division has many training opportunities, and we are excited this year to hire one of our graduates full-time through a partnership with Intersection Fair Trade! We want to give more skill development opportunities and to continue our ‘Follow Care’ with the women in the Vancouver area.
Over the 12 years that the Genesis Vancouver Program has been operating locally with the 1st stage house, many women have received life-changing services, made a clean break from their old lives, and rebuilt new ones for themselves and their children. Throughout its development, it maintained SA's standards and kept to a 70% or better success rate! Praise be to God!
The Genesis Vancouver Program never operated separately from the SA Foundation once the Foundation's leadership took it over from a local team who had founded it back in early 2007. When they left the organization, our team took it under their wings and operated it for these 12 years, with the same leaders managing international development simultaneously. Today, we have come to a crossroads and have needed to evaluate our resources and ability (human and otherwise) to manage a frontline program alongside our burgeoning international development. As a result, we have had to take the tough decision of putting the program on a 'hiatus' so we can evaluate and reshape the program and search for a local team of leaders who could take this ministry on and operate it with full support and training from the SA Foundation. We are committed to taking the next year to complete a full assessment of the needs of this program and to explore if God has a special team of people He calls to do the work. We value your prayers in finding such a team as we very much believe that the Genesis Vancouver Program provides vital services to young women in the lower mainland.
During this search for new leadership, we are focusing on continuing our relationship and providing training opportunities to the many women we served during those years as much as possible.
The SA Foundation's international programs are growing at a very rapid rate, with leadership assessments and new program openings happening in Italy, a reboot coming for the Budapest program, community development occurring in the Philippines and capacity building occurring with our teams in Germany, Greece and Nepal! A lot is happening, and we are so blessed to see so many women being rescued from situations of sexual trafficking around the world! We hope you will continue to support the SA vision and mission and pray with us for the relaunch of the local program under new leadership.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know, as we value your input greatly. Please contact us using the following emails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SA Foundation Leadership Team