Introducing: “The Furniture Bank”

Local congregations are developing a system to receive donated furniture and household items and distribute them to those who need it. In partnership with other local service organizations, Micah has secured a 2550 sq. ft. warehouse for storage and started putting together some volunteer teams to help with the collection and distribution. What you need to…

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As if there were only one of us

In 1988, an 8.2 earthquake devastated an Armenian village, killing more than 25,000 people. Among the places most tragically demolished was a school building. Parents raced to the scene, only to find a pile of rubble. Most of their children could not be found and there was little sign that anyone had survived. Frantically, they…

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Who is your neighbor?

The afternoon sun warmed the downtown sidewalks as Black Friday shoppers strolled through the historic district. There were sales to find, Thanksgiving leftovers to eat and relatives to entertain. No one had time to notice the comatose man who had curled up on a bed of mulch in a church parking lot. If they did,…

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Putting the pieces back together

Prior to 2005, people who found themselves without a home in the Fredericksburg region might have ended up in one of two shelters. If those programs were out of beds or the person had already outworn their welcome, they’d move into a tent, their car or other place not meant for human habitation. Without a…

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Dorothy White

Dorothy (3rd from the right) and her volunteer family from Shiloh Baptist Church host breakfast for the homeless of Fredericksburg the first Wednesday of every month. Dorothy retired in 2004 from being the President of University of Mary Washington’s cook and a housekeeping supervisor. Here is what she has to say: “I was looking for…

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Forgiving–490 plus times

In my line of work, people like to inquire about the point at which we ultimately give up. “How many times will you extend the branch of reconciliation, redemption, even forgiveness, before realizing a person is beyond it?” they often ask. And I’m never quite sure how to answer the question. Failure to identify a…

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Bob Carr

Bob has been volunteering at Micah’s journey office in the Hospitality Center once a week for about 6 years. Here is what he has to say: “About one year ago, I became a Servant Leader Coordinator through Micah’s 3e restoration process. The person I befriended lives in Micah housing and requires a lot of support….

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Meet Scott

When I was homeless, my camp was over there in Spotsylvania on route 2 right behind Simms Furniture out by Shannon Airport. I was sitting there underneath a young shade tree. It didn’t have a lot of leaves on it, but it was better than sitting out in the sun. Someone from Micah just pulled up…

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I love you, too

The sealed door broke way to a stench of alcohol and rotting food. Weeks of laundry barely hid the minefield of beer cans that barricaded the pathway from the door to the bed. A days old lump lay motionless on the mattress, breathing just enough to signal life. Love is Patient It wasn’t the first…

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Meet Jerry

“I was in the woods about 2.5 years, and I had a place down here behind American Family Fitness. I built a big tent that had a big old tarp and we had tents inside of it and we kept it all warm with kerosene heaters. Winter time made it hard because of the mud…

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