WORCESTER, MA, August 12, 2021— Genesis Club, a nonprofit community organization serving people recovering from serious mental illness in the Worcester region, was recently recognized by The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation with an unrestricted donation of $5,000. The award was part of the Hanover Intern Community Challenge Project. The goal of the project, according to Kimberly Salmon, AVP of Community Relations at the Hanover Insurance Group is “…for the interns to strengthen the alignment between local nonprofit organizations and the Hanover Foundation, and for the interns to gain a deeper understanding of the range of services offered throughout the City of Worcester and the role they play in keeping our community healthy and vibrant.”
In June, a team of five interns from colleges around the country gathered for the summer program, toured Genesis Club, met with members and staff, learned about the Clubhouse model and how Genesis Club supports people recovering from mental illness to re-enter the workforce, continue their education, build social connections and friendships and reclaim their lives. Each intern team competed to have their projects receive one of the $5,000 awards.
“We were absolutely delighted to have been selected as one of the participating organizations and to host the interns. Everyone knows someone who struggles with their mental health, so the project became personal for several of the team members, and that made it really special too” said Lisa Brennan, Executive Director of Genesis Club. “This project was a wonderful opportunity for folks at The Hanover Foundation to learn a bit more about us, and also for our community to see Hanover’s commitment to the community.”
Genesis Club Board President, Jeff Gopin, accepted the check at The Hanover Friends & Family Night at the Woo Sox game on July 14th. “It was a great night, and we were honored to be a part of it.”
Genesis Club, located at 274 Lincoln St. Worcester, MA, welcomes any person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Members work on their recovery in their own way and at their own pace by being part of a community of mutual support, contributing their skills to running the Clubhouse, and working with staff and peer advisors to set goals to help them regain their lives. For more information, visit genesisclub.org.