This is the first edition of what we hope will be a quarterly newsletter. We plan articles about Micah House residents, staff, graduates, and board members; activities our residents participate in; opportunities to support Micah House; and information about social issues that affect Micah House and all of us. If there's something you'd like to see in the newsletter, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Micah Houe Board
Micah House Celebrated with Shabbat and Walk
On Monday, May 30, all four Micah House residents along with the house's case manager, four Micah House alumni, and several members of the Micah Board attended the premier of, "My Soul Look Back and Wonder: Life Stories from Women in Recovery" at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre. This original play was a collaboration between a homeless women's shelter, N Street Village, and a performing arts non-profit, the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts.
From L to R: Wanda, Vernita P., Cynthia Morris - Case Manager, Regenia and Sylvia D at the Kennedy Center
The play's actors were fifteen homeless African American residents of N Street Village, who, without any professional acting training, committed to memorizing scripts and sharing their personal struggles with an audience of strangers on a national stage. Performing before a sold-out crowd, these women performed an hour-long show that illustrated their struggles with sexual, physical, and substance abuse, turbulent relationships and broken homes. Through song, dance, and story-telling, the women courageously acted our their struggles while ending with an uplifting message of hope and promise that change is possible at any point in life.
The performance brought a mixture of emotions upon the audience - laughter, tears and feelings of outrage and anger. Micah House resident cheered in support and clapped in agreement as they related to the stories of the women on stage. The stories of these women, although different, were also their stories.
Following the performance, the producers transformed the stage into a panel discussion with the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the fifteen actors. Members of the audience took turns asking questions and expressing their thanks for the brave performances of each actor. Several of the members of the audience were children of the the actors and came forward to express their love for their mothers and to accept their mother's apologies for their actions for the first time. It was a heartfelt panel discussion that brought everyone to tears, including the White House's own Director.
Updates from Residents and Alumnae
Sylvia D. is saving hard in hopes of becoming a homeowner when she leaves Micah House. She is proud to report that her granddaughter is graduating from high school this year.
Wanda was grateful for Micah House's support during a recent period of unemployment. She is now working as a security guard and continues to build up her savings. She took a class about praise and worship and is leading a workshop at her church.
Vernita P. started taking college classes online in hopes of becoming a substance abuse counselor. She got an A in her course last semester!
When Reginia paid her rent last month, she included a note: "I want to say that I'm really enjoying Micah House. And I also want to say thank you to the board for letting me in. Never been so happy in my whole life."
A. is graduating from Strayer Universitycum laudeon June 23. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Human Resources Management minor. She is also working for Montgomery County.
Two New Board Members
Kate Judson and Stacy Braverman were elected to the Micah House board at its May meeting. Kate works for the District Department of the Environment's Stormwater Management Division, and Stacy is a public benefits lawyer at the nonprofit Bread for the City. They both have degrees in urban planning, enjoy attending Temple Micah services and Next Dor events, have cats, and are excited to serve on the Micah House board. They join twelve other board members, who will be profiled in future issues of the newsletter!
Author Features Micah House on Her Novel's Blog
A former Micah House board president now living inPortlandhas written a novel, and used it as an opportunity to promote Micah House. Ruth Feldman's novel,Blue Thread,is about a 16-year-old girl who discovers an ancient prayer shawl. Embroidered on this magical garment is a phrase from the Bible with the commandment to pursue justice.
The blog Ruth developed for Blue Thread highlights Micah House as a group pursuing justice "in the here and now." You can read her interview with Micah House's current president, Ed Lazere,here .
Ruth hopes to visit Temple Micah in the fall.
How You Can Help
Micah House now offers online donation through PayPal. By clicking here, you can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring payment!
Donate by Check
Please mail checks made out to Micah House to:
Micah House, Inc.
2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Micah House is always in need of:
Safeway gift cards
Gardening and home repair services
Jobs for aspiring, motivated women
Affordable housing for our graduates
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