As some of you know, 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. One of the organizations that pursues justice for women in the here and now is Micah House.
I asked Ed Lazere, president of Micah House and the executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in Washington, DC, to tell us more.
What is Micah House? Micah House, is in fact, a house. A single family home in Washington DC with four bedrooms. We use those bedrooms to provide transitional housing to women in recovery from substance abuse. Working with a case manager, the women build confidence, work on job skills, address credit problems, and rebuild family connections. After two years, most are ready to live on their own.
Micah House provides the tools for success–a nice home and case management–but the women have to do all the work. The success is theirs. So we give women the ability to achieve the success that they are capable of. […]Continue reading