Genesis House of Northeast Missouri is a non-profit corporation established in May, 2007, in response to the increasing number of pregnancies to single/unwed mothers and lack of resources to support them. The only maternity home in northeast Missouri, and one of only a handful in the state, Genesis House offers mothers and their babies – born and unborn – a safe home in which to live, and empowers mothers who have few supports in their lives to examine past choices, determine practical plans for a new direction, and take the first steps into a hope-filled future.
Project planning for Genesis House was conducted by a local Board of Directors, led by Deane and Ruth Valkenaar. The Valkenaars founded and ran a similar ministry in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin and used their wealth of experience and passion for serving young women and children to guide the development of the home in Missouri. A large Victorian farmhouse was procured at 101 SW Morgan Street in Edina, MO. Soon after, renovations began and local businesses and organizations adopted and decorated rooms for the residents. Situated on almost 3 acres, the home offers a peaceful place of respite, while remaining accessible to local amenities.
In October 2013, Jeff and Amy Ackman joined the Genesis House ministry as the first house parents. The following spring, they welcomed their first resident. The Ackmans served at the home for almost 3 years and then felt called to other pursuits. The Board began searching for new house parents and in August 2017, Jeff and Donda Miller assumed this role. After a season of dormancy, Genesis House is ready to bring health, healing, and hope to a new group of residents, offering a safe place for first steps and second chances.