Mission and Vision
Passion Rescue Mission is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization, offering help, hope and healing to poor urban and dispirited multicultural communities locally and especially in Haiti.
Our mission is a life-changing message of love, focusing on the total person, in spirit, mind and soul. We endeavor to provide food, shelter, training and teaching. Our goal is to restore wholeness to the soul and rescue the perishing, care for the orphans, widows and strangers, heal the broken hearted and set the captives free.
In simple terms, we just care!
My name is Pastor Genese (Gene) Vertus, and I am the founder of Passion Rescue Mission. After my dad passed away in 2001, the school was shut down for many years leaving the students without access to an education. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to be able to re-open the school with the help of some friends. The school was dedicated and re-named after my late father, The Genecoit Vertus School of Excellence in honor of his lifelong missionary work and his willingness to give back.
My dad always instilled in me the importance of being of service to others and the meaning of giving back. I was fortunate enough to be able to come to the United States of America at an early age and get a free education. I feel blessed to return to Haiti and help pave the way for others to get a free education. I was born less than a minute from where the school grounds are located now, I know what it’s like to walk the dirt road barefooted, I know what it’s like to spend a day without knowing where the next meal is coming from. I was just like these kids and feel honored to be in the position to give back to the very village that I was born in.
I travel to Haiti at least five to six times a year and always make it a point to travel on foot, up the mountain on the same road the students walk every day to reach the school. I do this to always remember where I came from and to keep me rooted and grounded.
There is a big gap between the rich and the poor, I believe that an education can help us bridge the gap.