Genesis Express

George Radford, president of Genesis Express Inc., stands in the classroom at the current Genesis Express facility at 96 Jefferson St. in Cadiz. The new facility, slated to be complete in late spring or early summer of 2022, is at 205 Jefferson St.

The members of Genesis Express Inc., believe they can provide better services and some new programs to meet the needs of younger students as well as folks in the community who are unemployed.

The Cadiz nonprofit has already begun construction on a new facility just down the street from its existing building and is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds for the facility.

“We’re getting this building to expand on the programs that we already have in place plus provide other programs and services that the new facility will allow us to handle,” noted George Radford, president of Genesis Express.

Radford said his organization will continue to offer its after-school tutoring and its summer reading program but will also have classes that teach computer and vocational skills, along with safety classes and other offerings.

There are plans to invite speakers in to give presentations to the students, Radford said.

He noted that the new classes are targeted to young people who are unemployed, with the goal of introducing them to employability skills, i.e., getting to work on time, working to promote a safe environment and understanding the benefits of being employed.

Radford said these young people typically don’t consider things like the taxes being taken out of their paychecks, they don’t participate in 401K programs, and they don’t pay attention to their insurance benefits.

“We want them to understand the value of a job,” he noted of the importance of the job skills courses Genesis Express is offering.

Radford said the classes will start in the spring, even if the new facility isn’t finished.

He noted that Genesis Express will move all of its services into the facility once it is built, although the nonprofit will continue to use its existing facility for the cooking that helps raise funds for the group; Genesis Express supports its various programs with its catering and barbecue sales, according to Radford.

He said the new facility will be an approximately 11,950 square foot building that will house classrooms, a commercial kitchen, office space and space for storage.

The facility itself is being completed as Phase I and will be finished by late spring or early summer of next year if all goes well.

Radford said the foundation has already been started, the plumbing is in, and the project is waiting on wood materials he said hopefully will be in within another month.

Radford noted that availability of funds will determine the start of Phase II, a gymnasium.

He said the cost of construction for the new facility is more than $1 million, and Radford noted that his nonprofit would like to raise as much of that cost as possible so its members won’t have to borrow a large amount of money that will have to be paid back.

The group has already launched a fundraiser, although Radford said there is no set goal for how much money to raise.

“We want people to contribute how much they would like to,” he noted.

Genesis Express leased its current building on Jefferson Street from the City of Cadiz in 1989 for a period of 99 years. The group remodeled the building, which Radford said previously was a small engine repair shop.

Genesis Express provides assistance through its educational programs, via contributions to the sick and needy and by supporting the programs of Trigg County Public Schools.

It awards scholarships, including four given to students in the Class of 2021, and supports the school system’s athletic programs.

Radford said he believes it’s important that people understand the new facility will be a community center open to everyone.

It will be an inter-generational facility, and Radford said the members of Genesis Express want everyone to feel comfortable visiting the facility, using its computers, bringing students to be tutored, using the catering services or participating in other activities.

Individuals interested in supporting the new construction may do so by sending their donations to P.O. Box 907, Cadiz Ky., 42211, by visiting the Genesis Express Facebook page or the group’s website at genesisexpressinc.org.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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