Genesis Development began in 1973 as the Greene County Sheltered Workshop with a rented building at the fairgrounds. Forty five years later and Genesis has 14 locations serving 16 counties across central Iowa. This past year has seen Genesis serve over 4,200 individuals in a variety of services.
The Development Team met in November to come up with ways for every site to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Genesis Development. The group came up with the year’s theme “45 years of Creating Dreams and Opportunities.” The group also decided that this year should be one in which Genesis gives back to the communities that have supported us for the past forty five years.
Throughout 2017, each Genesis location will be choosing an event to celebrate the 45th anniversary and give back to the greater community. These events can range from food drives to blood drives and anything in between.
If people would like to participate in the Genesis Gives Back program, information can be found at the nearest Genesis location beginning in February.
To help the feeling of camaraderie, The Development Team also instituted a t-shirt design contest. Any staff or member was invited to submit a design for the 45th anniversary t-shirts. The t-shirts will be given to each staff as a gift to be worn a the community events throughout the year. The winner of the contest would receive $100 and have the design printed and displayed at their home site.
The Development Team narrowed the entries to the top five and all staff and members had an opportunity to vote for their favorite. The winner was entered by the SCL team in Indianola.
Lastly for the year, many sites are working with their area Chamber of Commerce to plan events for local businesses to bring more awareness to the 45th anniversary of Genesis Development.
While the year is shaping up to have many events to commemorate the history of Genesis and remembering the changes that have come about, the future is still in the gaze of the company as change is inevitable and Genesis Development continues to thrive.