To provide safety, shelter and support for women (and their children) who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause prevalence and impact.


  • Genesis Women’s Shelter and Austin Street Center are both part of Shelter Ministries of Dallas.
  • Neither organization uses federal funding.
  • Genesis began in 1984 by concerned citizens; many were EPISCOPALIANS from the Diocese of Dallas.
  • GWS started small – a facility with 7 beds.
  • Today GWS has an emergency shelter with 42 beds, a transitional living center with apartments for up to a 12-month stay, an accredited school, an on-site day care, a thriving Benefit Thrift Store, and outreach counseling and administrative offices.
  • GWS serves 3,700+ people each year, and has major waiting lists for housing and counseling services.

Volunteer & Donation Opportunities


Please bring items to the tower cloister through October 27.

  • Gift cards to Target, Walmart
  • Snack items – “nut free” only
  • Mac & Cheese, Ravioli cups; pretzels, energy & breakfast bars, Skinny Pop, snack packages of cookies, Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, fruit cups.
  • Socks & Trouser socks – all sizes
  • Underwear & bras – all sizes
  • Children’s No Tears Wash & Shampoo, toothpaste
  • Women’s face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razors & shaving cream
  • Laundry detergent
  • Boxes of Facial tissue
  • Throw blankets

If you prefer not to shop, you may donate cash/check or go online to purchase items.



All require a background check; some require training or orientation. Please contact Lottie Price at lprice@genesis.org

  • Help cook or serve a meal at the Shelter or Outreach offices

  • Help with children while mothers attend their counseling sessions

  • Join the court advocacy program

  • Participate in evening or weekend programs at the Shelter (games, arts & crafts, reading, etc)

  • Join one of the alliances

  • Support a fund-raising event

  • Collect items for the Benefit Thrift Store