Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 24, 2014

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler The Genesis Center Pastor Nancy Schoenle speaks to the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake at the Cedar Creek Country Club July 18.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
The Genesis Center Pastor Nancy Schoenle speaks to the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake at the Cedar Creek Country Club July 18.

One-year program helps women get back on their feet

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The Genesis Center in Kaufman Pastor Nancy Schoenle and Genesis Center resident Amanda spoke to Rotary Club members at the Cedar Creek Country Club July 18.
“The Genesis Center is a faith based, shelter for women and children,” Schoenle said.
“We have room for up to 44 residents. Currently, we have 33 women and 13 children,” she added.
The Genesis Center residents seek help and shelter to recover from domestic violence and chemical dependency.
During recovery, women must commit to a structured one-year program which includes regular counseling, working at the Genesis Center thrift store, Twice Around, and assisting with community activities such as painting nails, helping with Bingo at nursing homes and at the chamber of commerce.
“The Genesis Center does not receive any government funding or grants,” Schoenle said.
“Our thrift store provides 50 percent of our funding, and churches, individuals and our fundraisers provide the other half,” she added.
“We are about making them a success and being able to go farther,” Schoenle said.
The Genesis Center offers their services at no cost to the residents; however, residents must obey all the rules and take their recovery seriously.
“We are up at 6 a.m. and when we are not in classes, we are working at thrift store,” Amanda said.
“I am going to college and want to help others do something with their life,” she said.
Residents may work toward earning their GED and attend classes at TVCC during their stay.
On weekends, the residents have free time for movie night, games and relaxing.
“Some residents have never played games with their family before,” Schoenle said.
“When residents leave, many of them continue to have a family night,” she added.
“Years ago it felt like we were putting a Band-Aid on the problem. Now we have a high success rate and other shelters are asking us to help them implement our program,” Schoenle said.
“If our program is not making a substantial change, it is a waste of time,” she added.
Genesis Center classes are designed around the residents needs and provide essential skills in anger management, life skills, parenting and creating resumes.
The center provides a peaceful and safe environment with 24 hour supervision and camera monitoring in most areas of the facility.
The Genesis Center has added three new offices for their counselors, a new gym, daycare, prayer room and multipurpose room.
With the purchase of the property next door, the center moved their thrift store from the housing facility to make room for more residents.
“The Genesis Center taught me how to live and the support from the classes showed me what I needed to change in my life,” Amanda said.
“They go above and beyond to meet our needs physically, mentally and spiritually. They put us back on our feet,” she added.
Twice Around thrift store is open Monday-Saturday and sells appliances, clothing, books, at discount prices.
The Genesis Center also installed a new septic system which allowed for more bedrooms to be built. Within the next year or two, the center hopes to be able to take in more residents.
“We take in women from all different faiths. Nothing is forced upon anybody. The spiritual aspect helps with building self-esteem but it is not a condition to be there,” Schoenle said.
After graduating, residents may come back to the center to attend year-after-care programs, sit in on classes, and visit with counselors.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 20, 2014

Special to The Monitor
TOOL–An inaugural Quarter Auction to benefit the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is set for 4-6 p.m. today (Sunday) at the former Optimist Hall in Seven Points.
The event is low-cost fun for the entire family, as products can be won for mere quarters. It is a cross between bingo and an auction with a lot of luck in the mix.
Participating vendors will feature their products in a marketplace, and each vendor will also offer four items up to the auction.
Bidding paddles are sold at the door for $2 each, with proceeds to benefit the animal shelter. Each vendor determines the number of quarters needed to bid on each item with a quarter value of about $10.
To qualify for the numerous door prizes, visitors get each vendor to sign off on their paper slip. No purchases are required. These slips are then deposited for drawings throughout the two-hour event.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 6, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell New library director Brandi Marett takes her place at the front desk Monday, her first day at the new job.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
New library director Brandi Marett takes her place at the front desk Monday, her first day at the new job.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–On Claire Stout’s last day with the Tri-County Library, she introduced her replacement, Brandi Marett.
After 18 years, Stout retired and a farewell party was held in her honor Monday.
During much of the party, Marett worked the desk. “It’s my first day,” she said.
A Gun Barrel City resident for the past three years, she is no stranger to library work. Most recently she’s been a volunteer at the Corsicana Public Library. Before that she spent seven years as the assistant to the librarian at Navarro College, where she also taught a developmental class in reading and writing for entering college students.
Her and her husband, Hoffman, live in Wood Wilks Gardens, where they enjoy the company of several dogs and cats.
Marett is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
She looks forward to keeping and expanding the library’s current programs and retaining the library’s friendly small town feel.
“But I look forward to attracting more patrons, too. Growth and change are always good for any library,” she said.