We have had a busy few months at Micah House. We have also experienced the joys of fellowship and also the "pleasures" of homeownership, from removing a dead tree in the side yard to plastering and painting the interior of the house and taking care of leaking toilets and sinks. Through the generosity of the Micah House Board, we also replaced our ailing washing machine this summer.
As we look forward to the coming year, we are excited about the celebrations we are planning in honor of the 25th anniversary of Micah House. But before our Spring activities, Micah House will again be honored by participating in theTemple Micah Shabbat Service on Friday, October 25. As with past years, a Micah House Alumna will be speaking at the service. Please mark your calendars to join us for this special evening.
-- Ann Sablosky
Micah House Walk On The Move
As part of Micah House's 25th Anniversary, the Micah House Annual Walk will take on a new face.
First,it will be held in the Spring -May 4th-so mark your calendars now! Also, participants will now be given the opportunity to raise additional funds for Micah House by getting sponsors for doing the Walk. We will be providing step-by-step instructions for this fundraising endeavor with both online and paper formats for obtaining sponsors.For those of you who want to contribute by doing the Walk as we have done it in the past, that is also greatly appreciated and much welcomed.
In addition to celebrating Micah House's 25th anniversary, the upcoming walk raises funds that are especially crucial this year. Micah House has needed many unanticipated home repairs this year and sadly some of our women have lost their jobs due to the economy. We hope we can count on you to participate in the Walk onMay 4th! You can expect to receive many updates and additional information through the year.
Celebrating Summer With a Barbecue!
Our summer BBQ at the house, which was well-attended by Micah House residents, their family, friends and board members, gave us all a chance to get to know our newest resident and to say our farewells to our departing one. We ate delicious food and enjoyed spending time together!
Residents and Alumnae Thrive
Candice, our newest resident, came to Micah House from Harvest House this Spring. She is employed as a cashier at the Washington Convention Center and will celebrate her first anniversary of sobriety in September.
Avis has been very grateful for the support of Micah House as she has participated in the Project Empowerment program. She has successfully completed the program and is now working approximately 32 hours of work per week. Lenora continues to work for the DC Public Schools Transportation Division as a bus attendant.
Sylvia is about to become Micah House's newest alumna as her two years as a resident are quickly coming to a close. One of Sylvia's goals has been to save money during her stay at Micah House; she will depart with almost $10,000 because of her own savings and Micah House's matched savings program.
Ardell, who lived at Micah House in 2009-11, received a big promotion at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. And we all extend good wishes to Saundra, a Micah House resident from 2007-2009, who is recovering from knee surgery.
Beautifying Micah House
The B'nai Mitzvah Class of 2013, as part of their Mitzvah project, donated a beautiful piece of artwork to Micah House. Sunny Kaplan presented the artwork to the Micah House residents, on behalf of her class, and hung it in a place of honor in the living room of the house.
The past few months have also seen a variety of unexpected maintenance issues pop up in Micah House. We repaired the interior damage that resulted from some roof leaks during the exceptionally heavy rains last fall and winter. This meant painting and plastering walls and ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms. While we were at it, we painted the hallways, kitchen and stairway. A fresh coat of paint always brightens things up. Other maintenance issues surfaced. A toilet that had been repaired a while ago had to be lifted from the floor and a part replaced, the washing machine had to be replaced and the dryer vents cleaned and reattached to remediate a fire hazard, and a tree died and was removed. While the repairs themselves were unexpected, the need for repairs in an older house was not, and the house remains in excellent condition for its residents to enjoy.
Better Know the Board
The Micah House board is a pretty diverse bunch! Respondents to a recent poll have a total of ten children, four cats, three dogs, and seven outdoor goldfish. The most common career was attorney, but we also have a communications specialist, a retired Foreign Service Officer, a healthcare analyst, and an environmental protection specialist, among other jobs! The most common hobby was reading, but various board members also enjoyed water aerobics, running, Crossfit, learning to sew, marksmanship, yoga, travel, and attending plays. Combined, the respondents have served on the Micah House board for over 28 years!