In January 2013, the Micah House Board selected me to be the President of Micah House and to step into the very big shoes of Ed Lazere who had been our leader for many years. Ed had been on the Micah House Board for more than a decade and for many of those years had also served as our leader, so agreeing to take his place was daunting. Even though I have a long history with Micah House, having served on the Board for most of the first decade of its existence, I was still quite hesitant to take over from Ed who so capably has directed Micah House during the past number of years. Mindful of the big job that I had agreed to take on, I asked Kate Judson and Debby Roumell to be my Vice Presidents, which they both graciously agreed to do.
As 2013 has progressed, so have we at Micah House with new residents entering the house and current residents moving on. Cynthia, who has been our case manager since 2008, has recently committed to stay with us for at least another year, and we hope many more! Cynthia is truly the critical link to the smooth functioning of the Micah House program. While we, as Board Members, do the fun stuff with the Micah House residents such as the holiday parties and bowling events during the year, it is Cynthia who ensures the smooth functioning of 4 women in recovery living together as a group.
-- Ann Sablosky
Micah House Welcomes New Residents
and Honors Graduate
Two new residents have joined Micah House!
Lenora moved in on December 1. She is 58 years old and has two children in their 20s. She is employed with the DC Public Schools Transportation Division. She stated that she felt that Micah House is a place that will help her save money and give her an opportunity to get her own apartment. Lenora is also a cancer survivor.
Avis moved to Micah House on February 26. She is 50 years old and has five children ranging in age from 19 to 37 who live in Virginia. She is employed at McDonalds as a grill cook and recently got a second job at a stadium. Avis stated that Micah House could offer her hope, peace of mind and assist her in becoming self-sufficient.
And in just a few weeks, Wanda will be finishing up her two years as a Micah House resident and moving to her own apartment.As with many other Micah House residents, Wanda has taken advantage of our escrow program and leaves with funds she has escrowed during her time at Micah House that Micah House has been able to match. Micah House residents, board members, and our case manager gathered onApril 16 for a dessert celebration that celebrated Wanda's time at Micah House and wished her well as she moves on to her new apartment.
Outgoing Board President Ed Lazere Thanked
Ed Lazere has spent over a decade on the the Micah House board, and as he turned over the presidency to Ann Sablosky it was time to celebrate his tenure at a festive farewell get together at Debby Roumell's home at the end of January. Our farewell party was well attended by current Micah House residents, Micah House Alumnae, our Case Manager, Rabbi Lederman, and current and past Micah House Board Members. Ed was given a plaque, a card, a medal, and a delicious cake to recognize his efforts, and many attendees shared stories about the help he provided to them over the years.
Boy Scouts Repair Porch
Thanks to Boy Scout Ben Carleton and a group of his fellow Scouts, Micah House has renovated front steps and a freshly painted the front porch! Their two weekends of work in February have provided Micah House residents a sturdier way to come and go from the house and a refreshing place to relax.
Board Retreat Focuses on the Future
Micah House's board met at Temple Micah on February 10 for a retreat.
Board members reviewed financial documents from previous years in order to understand the organization's income, assets, and opportunities for savings.
We reorganized into four committees (Residents, Home Maintenance, Communications, and Finance) and set the goal of creating a five-year plan to be unveiled in April 2014, which is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Micah House.
Helping & Celebrating at Micah House Party
Micah House residents and board members celebrated Chanukah and Christmas together with a festive potluck and Toys for Tots drive! A highlight of the evening was a visit from a Marine (the Marine Corps sponsors Toys for Tots) to collect the generous donations from Micah House board members and residents.