FROM 1989 TO THE FUTURE
Micah House was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989. Founded by members of Temple Micah in Washington, D.C., it began as part of a District-wide movement, called “One Congregation – One Home,” to encourage religious organizations to help tackle some of the District’s gravest social issues. Another inspiration for establishing Micah House is the Jewish teaching tikkun olam, repair of the world. While the area movement did not become as widespread as leaders had hoped, Micah House, a nonsectarian transitional group home, has survived and thrived.
Micah House welcomed its first residents to a rented house in the Petworth neighborhood in 1990. In 2003, Micah House residents moved into a newly renovated, conveniently located house in Petworth, purchased by Micah House, Inc. This beautiful home comfortably accommodates up to four women at a time.
Since Micah House opened its doors, about 50 women have lived under its roof while working to become independent. Although not all women at Micah House succeed in making the move to independent lives, most do. As more and more women become proud graduates, they serve as role models to residents ready to change.