MICAH ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES INC

Rating: 4.88 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 1019 Princess Anne St Fredericksbrg VA 22401 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

MICAH is an amazing servant-based organization. They have been actively committed to ending homelessness in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area for more than 6 years. Embracing and coordinating the help of an army of volunteers and churches, MICAH now provides breakfast, bagged lunches and dinner to the needy in the local area. No one goes hungry. During the winter months the Cold Night Shelter provides a warm and welcoming place for those still living in tents and under bridges to find comfort. MICAH also provides a respite apartment for up to 8 clients who are looking to transition from hospital or mental health agencies. Staff provides recovery guidance and volunteer families offer warm meals for guests. MICAH also is engaged in "giving back" to the community as homeless guests work on local projects to enhance our city and surrounding counties. Once identified as chronically homeless, guests receive walker ID's, Journey help with many essential services, mental health support, showers and laundry service and a place to find genuine love and a sense of HOPE! Homelessness in Fredericksburg has been reduced by over 40% due to the commitment of staff anf volunteers supporting MICAH.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This city-wide volunteer group characterizes what is best about our small city- involvement by many dedicated volunteers- both church based and not. The staff itself is 1st class and highly motivated to help the local temporary and chronic homeless populations. Saying you are associated with Micah is a sure bet with anyone especially for donations as they are respected throughout the city and nearby counties. A true testimony to "God at work" in this world!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Rescuing the chronic homeless from sub freezing outdoor conditions certain to result in severe injury or death.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand community-wide volunteer opportunity advertisements.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The heart felt appreciation by both staff and care receipient.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptionally self motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand services to other need areas such as refugee resettlement and maybe become interfaith.

Ways to make it better...

We could get more volunteers to expand service opportunities!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've gained much personal satisfaction by my involvement with Micah.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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13 people found this review helpful

MICAH has certainly earned the blessings received. As leaders of volunteers for the Cold Night Shelter we can already sense the feelings of ownership and pride in the renovated Old Little Falls School with our recent cold night. God will continue to bless this ministry as it is a direct service to those less fortunate and offers a caring and non-invasive approach to the needs of our less fortunate resident neighbors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing those who are less fortunate get involved in job placement and community action programs to move towards self-sufficiency.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

comraderie and the genuine feeling of doing what we can to impact the lives of those who are less fortunate.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always helpful, courteous and proactive with the same mission in clear vision. Serving Others unconditionally!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the moral climate of our community for many residents and for many years to come!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I first heard about Micah when they were renovating a building to be used as a homeless reception center. I already volunteered at a shelter but had heard that space was limited and there was a long waiting list. That made me sad so when I heard about Micah's concept I was relieved. A group of our teens came down and helped with the renovations. Then many of our adult groups helped during a campaign in various ways and now a womens group I'm involved in goes down every third week and serves breakfast. We LOVE it! Ladies come away so blessed and being able to selflessly do something for others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredible people staff this place. I'm especially impressed with Meghann Cotter the director. She is organized, smart, godly, and an excellent, courageous leader.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I am grateful that God can use me in this ministry. Micah and it's staff really care for the guests in all aspects of their lives. It is truly a blessing to help those in need. The guests rely on what Micah can assist them with and really befriend those helping with Micah.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I really feel like I am able to help and make a difference. There is no waste with what they have. Everything donated is truly an appreciated gift.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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14 people found this review helpful

I have been so impressed with Micah. They provide a need in Fredericksburg that is highly needed. Micah provides dignity back to the people that need it most. People needing a shower, food, computer service, or just communication is provided with a smile. There is no judgement. Micah has developed a dinner each night for the people to attend. Also, there is a cold winter shelter that these people can go to when needed. I am proud to be a volunteer at this ministry.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide a much bigger place for the people to go in the morning for breakfast and showers. It could also buy more computers for the people to communicate and find jobs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My experience at Micah has been second to none. I thank God for granting me the opportunity and the privilege to extend his love, through Micah, to those in need. When I look at these men, women, and children, I see someone's mother or father, someone's son or daughter, husband or wife. Micah has gone above and beyond in their role as stewards over God's creation - humankind. My grandson's girlfriend is still sharing with others how happy it made her to see the 'guests' at the super bowl party hosted by Micah last year. She helped several times during the winter and is asking if she can come back this winter. Micah, your heart is big and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your ministry. God bless you and may He do exceeding, abundantly above all that you may ask or think.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to see those without hope leave knowing that they have someone who genuinely cares about them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that they are giving from the heart. For them, this is not a job. This is their calling.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, patient, and willing. It did not appear as an imposition to them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a larger facility that would provide training, life skills and so much more to those in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My experience volunteering has been the highlight of my life. The need is great and Micah provides as much as is possible with such love, patience, caring, and support. I pray for the growth of such a wonderful, caring, and well managed community program daily. I hope in the future to volunteer even more.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

OUTSTANDING!!! It is truly a COMMUNITY aware program with many opportunities for all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My family and I have volunteered at Micah for the past several years. Micah is a small but growing non-profit in the Fredericksburg, Va. area. They provide a hot breakfast six mornings a week and a bag lunch. They offer clothing and showers each day as well. Micah actively works to help, those that can afford it, get services to enable them to get off the streets follow up support to stay that way. Micah has recently been able to coordinate community meals throughout the downtown area for each night of the week, to offer the homeless and the community a place to eat each evening. They also offer a respite program to provide shelter and support for homeless patients released from the local hospital. They have recently secured and renovated a permanent facility to house a cold night shelter for the area's chronically homeless on the coldest of nights. The amazing thing about Micah is that it was begun by several downtown area churches and is run by one staff member and an incredible number of dedicated volunteers. Funding is strictly by donation and grants. I have had the opportunity to see many lives impacted and often times changed because of the support and love that individuals have received from this organization. It is a "home" for many that they would not otherwise have one.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the joy you find in helping others. I have watched many people feel loved and supported at Micah..through a hot meal, a warm smile and a welcome attitude, no matter their circumstances.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world...or at least Fredericksburg.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at Micah in the past and plan to get more involved in the future. Micah has had a tremendous impact on the homeless population of Fredericksburg. Since moving to Fredericksburg from New York fifteen years ago I have repeatedly heard rumors that Fredericksburg doesn't have a homeless population. Contrary to what some people believe or choose to believe, Micah is helping many of those whom some people do not acknowledge even exist. The services that Micah is able to offer the homeless include hot meals, bagged lunches, clothing, showers, doing a load of laundry so that they will have clean clothes, job assistance, computer use and so much more. Sometimes we don't realize how fortunate we are until we are humbled to help those less fortunate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing what a difference helping others makes not only in the person who is receiving help but also in the person who is offering the help.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know individuals who have come to Micah to receive help and meeting many wonderful staff members and volunteers who are dedicated to Micah.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to helping others, non-judgmental and had open hearts when it came to helping others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its programs and services to meet even more needs of the homeless population in the area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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