About Us

Genesis Project Family Wellness Center (501C3) is a component of Genesis Project 1 Inc. Genesis Project Family Wellness Center originated out of a need to provide neighborhood programs and added services and supports for families in the local Charlotte community. The Wellness Center continues to provide financial, housing, educational, and social exposure assistance to families in need.

Our Purpose

The Genesis Project 1 works with families, as a total unit, to provide individual and collective services such as counseling, structured groups, exposure events, and in home meetings, with the goal of empowerment, family growth and success. Mission Impossible “We the unwilling, led by the unqualified, have been doing the unbelievable for so long with so little, we now attempt the impossible with nothing.” -Anonymous Many people have written off our youth and their families in at-risk communities. The common assumption is that they are unable to learn, control their behaviors, maintain functional healthy homes, and achieve overall happiness, and prosperity. Today, the lack of goals, hope and direction contribute to youth and adult involvement in gangs, drugs, promiscuity and other destructive behaviors and relationships. However, despite these problems, our communities continue to survive. Genesis’ services have been developed to address the developmental, social and community needs of school-age children and their families in at-risk communities. The Genesis Project’s purpose is to introduce new skills, supports, awareness and opportunities to youth adults in order to deter negative life decisions and inspire families to progress from a perpetual state of surviving to a more satisfying state of thriving!

Changing the world one family at a time.

Youth and their families will develop an increased self-identity, esteem, awareness, communication, goal setting, coping, life promotion/management and decision-making skills through their participation in therapy, psycho-educational groups, intensive case management, and community support services; as well as, advocacy and experential activities designed to deter negative life choices and generational cycles.

Why Choose Us

Because we primarily work with families in crisis, we strive to promote coping, life promotion/management and engagement skills that are alternatives to behaviors that are injurious and detrimental to self or others; provide choices of activities that are meaningful to our consumers; and share control over decisions with the consumers or their legally responsible person and staff. Through our practice, we have found that at-risk families in the Charlotte community and the large majority of GP1 families have numerous obstacles that supersede their mental health needs and impact their ability to access treatment. It is nearly impossible to provide effective mental health treatment for families who, for example, are homeless or facing financial crisis, without assisting them in the area of their greatest current need.

Our Team

Dr. Trasha Black
Clinical Director
Innovator. Tenacious. Steward. Dr. Black is the co-owner and Clinical Director of Genesis Project 1, Inc., a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency, accredited by the Center on Quality and Leadership. Dr. Black was raised in the City of Charlotte and graduated from Wake Forest University with her Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Sociology. Dr. Blacks attained her Master of Arts degree and her PhD in Counseling from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Dr. Black has cultivated 16 years of experience and is a Licensed Profession Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. Genesis Project 1, Inc. currently serves family and individuals in the greater Charlotte area and is committed to providing community based interventions that combat overall issues associated poverty, addiction, oppression, abuse and diseases. Her treatment and research interests include Psychological Trauma, Family Systems and Cultural Competence, African American Men’s issues and Recovery Based Systems of Care. Dr. Black is affiliated with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Minority Coalition of Health Care Providers of Color and MeckCARES Community Collaborative. Genesis Project 1, Inc. motto is “Changing the World One Family at a time”. Greater Charlotte Area LOC Ministry of Health and Human Services welcomes, Trasha J Black, PhD LPC.
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JR Black
President
JR Black, President and Executive Director of Genesis Project, a premier Family Wellness and Advocacy agency, is part of a unique population of native Charlotteans. He is a graduate of West Charlotte Senior High School, Black World Barber College, and UNC Charlotte, although his route was definitely not the traditional student path. By the time JR earned his high school diploma, he was a teenage father struggling to make a way for himself and his children. Through determination, sacrifice, and the grace of God, JR experienced gradual success and continues to pursue his dreams. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a focus in juvenile delinquency, crime deterrents, and social capital. He has over 19 years experience working with youth and families in both community and residential settings. JR was recently appointed by the mayor and city council to Charlotte’s Citizen’s Review Board. He has completed a 6 year term on Charlotte’s Community Relation Community, as well their Police sub-committee. His agency serves on the Executive Board of the Mecklenburg Provider Council and is also a premium level member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. JR is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as well as a 3rd Degree Free Master Mason hailing from Unique Lodge No# 85 in Charlotte. He is an avid golfer and chess player who just loves to play the game. JR believes that it is his life’s purpose to not only motivate and inspire people to smile and have hope for the future, but to also help families increase their ability to live and to love, and to empower them to know that anything and everything is possible.
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Alexus Drugan
Administrative Assistant
Hello, my name is Alexus Drugan. I came into Genesis Project 1 to help assist in the re-accreditation process. After the accreditation was done I was hired as Administrative Assistant and Quality Management. My typical day at Genesis is making sure new consumer folders are organized and in our Alpha system. I have learned a lot from the short time I’ve been here, and I am grateful for Genesis for hiring me and helping me grow.
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Brittany Drugan
Quality Manager
Hello, my name is Brittany Drugan. I came to Genesis Project 1 as a volunteer in 2016, and later got offered a part time position as Administrative Assistant. After I graduated from the UNC Charlotte in December of 2016 I came on full time. Now I am part of Human Resource, Administrative Assistant, and Quality Management team. As QM we make sure that our teams turn in all documentation for each consumer. Genesis offers a lot of opportunity to grow within the company. It is a great place to work and I love being a part of this team!
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Frank Smith
Certified Peer Support Specialist
My Name is Frank Smith, also known as Big Frank. I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist, certified in the state of North Carolina and South Carolina. I have been working with Genesis Project 1 since certified. My job description as a CPSS is to support individuals with struggles pertaining to mental health, psychological trauma and/or substance use. My lived experiences help me to relate and communicate effectively with struggling peers.
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Irma E. Robinson
Intake Assistant
Intake Assistant at Genesis. I have been with Genesis Project 1 for 9 years and have worn many hats. Grandmother of a client, Certified Family Support and Peer Support and now working with Intake. At 74 it is meaningful for me to be working and Genesis has offered many opportunities for my family and I over the years. I am sometimes the first contact a client has with our agency and it is my job to make sure they know they are valued and that Genesis Project 1 is committed to helping them make changes in their life. I enroll both Substance Abuse and Behavioral clients who are struggling and looking for a better way of dealing with their stressors. We make sure that they feel welcomed and open to our therapy and peer support services.