For more years than White Rock has had water, Jan Langbein has been the go-to energy for Genesis Women’s Shelter. Her platinum hair, high-voltage smile and endless pep have been an incredible source for the protection of women who are suffering from victimization. It’s just too bad that she’s such a shy and withdrawn personality.
If you believe that last statement, you haven’t meet the Energizer Bunny of Genesis.
Well, things took a big old change today. As Mira Sorvino was passionately discussing human trafficking at the Dallas Women’s Foundation luncheon, it was revealed that Jan will become the CEO of Shelter Ministries of Dallas, overseeing both Austin Street Center and Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support. Taking the reins of the Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support executive director duties will be Susan Wells.
Now, don’t go thinking that this could be a sticky situation. It would appear so to a newcomer to the nonprofit sector, but those in the know know that Jan and Susan have been working together off and on over the years for Genesis. Need a for instance? Well, legal eagle Susan served as Genesis’s director of development from 2002 to 2004.
If you would like to read about Jan’s and Susan’s past accomplishments, you’d need a ginormous Hershey bar because these two have been very busy with a trail of achievements in their wake.
Actually, when you think of it, the development is a perfect storm for all the right reasons for Shelter Ministries, Genesis, Austin Street Center, Jan, Susan and those in such great need within our community.
As for Shelter Ministries of Dallas, Austin Street Center and Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, here is a readout of these amazing organizations.
- SHELTER MINISTRIES OF DALLAS – For 30 years, Shelter Ministries of Dallas has been providing programs and services free of charge to those in need at no cost to Dallas County taxpayers. Privately funded, Shelter Ministries includes Austin Street Center and Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support whose goals are to shelter the homeless and victims of domestic violence, provide compassionate counseling through a ministry of caring, and enable responsible choices and positive life changes. For more information, visit shelterdallas.org.
- AUSTIN STREET CENTER – Since 1983, Austin Street Center has provided emergency shelter and related services to the homeless person in a compassionate, faith-based community and provides “whole person” therapeutic programs so the person in need might be better able to make responsible choices, positive changes, and have economic self-sufficiency. For more information, visit austinstreet.org.
- GENESIS WOMEN’S SHELTER AND SUPPORT – Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support offers a free, comprehensive continuum of care for women and children who have suffered unspeakable violence in their own homes. Serving North Texas for 28 years, Genesis is dedicated to ending the epidemic of domestic violence in the community by providing safety, shelter, counseling, and case management to the more than 1,000 women and children who seek recovery and strength at Genesis each year. Genesis is also committed to preventing abuse by raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of family violence. For more information, visit genesisshelter.org.