The mission of Genesis Club is to assist individuals with a mental illness to attain employment, housing, wellness, and friendships.
Team Genesis is a group of passionate runners/joggers raising awareness and money to support the Genesis Club services of employment, education, housing, and wellness for those in recovery from mental illness.
Genesis Club is an accredited mental health center (Clubhouse) that provides employment, education, housing, social, and wellness services to those will mental illness. Genesis Club is part of an international human rights movement called Clubhouses. There are over 350 Clubhouses operating in 37 U.S. states and 13 countries. Genesis Club is proud to be considered an international leader in supporting those with mental illness.
History of Team Genesis at Falmouth:
In 2007 at the 34th Falmouth Road Race, a brave group of fourteen runners named Team Genesis toed the starting line at Woods Hole with 10,000 other runners. This team included four Genesis Club members in recovery from mental illness, four staff, and four family and friends. "Making Strides for Mental Health" was the lettering emblazoned on their running singlets. Co-founder Aidan Bradley-Murphy states, "It was due time for a mental health program to run among the many charity teams at Falmouth." Rich Sherman, founding director of the Falmouth Road Race, agreed and allowed Team Genesis to enter as one of the last non-profits in 2007. Each runner completed the race, with one member finishing 108th among the elite runners of the world.
Over the succeeding years, Team Genesis has grown to 45 members, with Chelsea Graves and Katie Carlson finishing in the top 200 women runners. St. Cyr Dimanche and Amel Younis have finished in the top 300 for men. Ed Sanborn and Pete Travisano have participated in several team runs at Falmouth, and co-founder Kevin Bradley ran 10 Falmouth Road Races, his last coming in 2017, nearly a month before his untimely passing. Not only was Kevin the Team Genesis co-founder, but he was also the Genesis Club's founding Director in 1988. He touched so many lives and was revered, adored, and loved by so many more. In 2018, 45 runners returned to Woods Hole, led by his children Aidan and Curran, to carry on Kevin's legacy and run for Team Genesis. The 2018 Team raised over $45,000 for Genesis Club, and over the past 12 years, including 2019, has now raised over $350,000.
Team Genesis also is represented in local races such as the Celtic 5K, Jay Lyons 5K, The Worcester Firefighters' Memorial 6K, and the Canal Diggers 5K. The Worcester Firefighters' Memorial 6K and the Canal Diggers 5K have also become major donors to Team Genesis, choosing Genesis Club as one of the few, worthy causes that they support with their profits. The sum of these dollars raised has sponsored dozens of Genesis Club members in education, employment, and wellness programs. Over 140 Genesis members, staff, board, friends, and family have run with us at Falmouth. But, most importantly, Team Genesis is reducing the stigma against those with mental illness and raising awareness of the services provided by Accredited Clubhouses throughout the world.
The 2020 Team Genesis is again honored to represent those in recovery by completing the 12 kilometers for the 48th, and 1st "Run from Home", edition of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Though Team Genesis runners will be participating this year from home due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the need for adequate mental health services, adequate health services, education, employment, housing, wellness, sense of community and healthy socialization have never been greater for those the Genesis Club serves, and for all of us. Team Genesis remains among the few of the 140 non-profit teams that are running for mental health awareness.