Voices from Micah House

 

L.T. --  A Life Restored

 

As a result of her substance abuse, L.T. landed in prison and her three children were taken into custody. She entered Micah House in the late 1990s and soon after enrolled with a Jubilee Jobs program to improve her skills. Her first interview resulted in an offer from an area food service chain. Today she manages four employees at the same company. After leaving Micah House, Linda married, reunited with her children, took classes on buying a home, and with help from the Sasha Bruce program, went on to purchase a house in the District.

 

 She says:

  

“Micah House gave me the first step to my personal freedom. After being incarcerated and after my first year in recovery, I was testing the waters, gaining my independence back.  I was becoming responsible again—paying rent and bills and having a fulltime job. It was great being there and having other women in recovery as well as a support system. It’s been a journey. It’s not easy, but it can be done.  Micah House was definitely critical to my success.”

A Spiritual Refuge for R.M.

 

While living at Micah House, R.M. found work as a dietary aid in a hospital. At first employed only three-and-a-half hours a day, she persevered to gain fulltime employment as a cook. She was soon promoted to a management position and she now supervises five people. In 2002, after participating in a housing education program sponsored by Manna, she purchased her own condominium.  She now serves as president of the condominium association.

 

 She recalls:

 

 “When I left treatment for drug abuse and transition at Hannah House, I didn’t have anywhere to go. As soon as I came through the door at Micah House, I had this really warm feeling. It was spiritual for me. I stayed long enough to find the dream, and I went on with the dream. Living at Micah House kept me focused and helped me be at peace. I saved money through the whole process. I wouldn’t have made it, and I definitely wouldn’t have made it as far as I have, without Micah House. I still do the same things I did then: get up a 4 a.m., go to a sunrise [abstinence] meeting at 7 a.m., go straight to work, and clean the house on Fridays. There was a lot of structure at Micah House, so I could do what I had to do and be responsible. God has been good to me.  It was the opportunity of a lifetime.”


D.M. --  Relationships That Can Change a Life

When D.M. entered Micah House, she thought she would stay no more than three months. A quiet person and grieving from the loss of a child, she expected to move on quickly. She ended up staying a full two years. D.M. was working as a clerk in the court system when she started at Micah House. Since leaving, she has held jobs at a law firm, as a tax preparer, and now as an administrative assistant in the government.

She explains:

“To live in a house with a lot of other women was not something I wanted to do. I didn’t think I had much in common with them. A lot did not come up working like I did.  I was the only child raised in my home. One thing we had in common was alcohol and drug abuse. Micah House helped me to be able to bond and build relationships and become more open and deal with a lot of issues. The one-on-one counseling and group meetings once a week were important. Living in a group situation turned out to be good for me.  Since I left Micah House, things have gone real well. I’ve been employed and remained alcohol and drug free for 13 years. Micah House was very instrumental. ”