Micah House is a Christ-centered and biblically-based afterschool center for children and youth which has been making an impact in the next generation of Redlands since 2001. There are two locations, Oxford Drive and Chapel Street, and both houses serve the community by helping low-income families meet the tremendous challenges faced by their children in the under-resourced neighborhood of North Redlands. Our goal is to mobilize volunteers and provide programs that focus on the educational, social, emotional and spiritual needs of children and youth from 1st through 12th grade. These programs include homework help, tutoring, literacy, art, recreational activities, computer training, character building, and college preparation.
There are many ways to describe the children at Micah House: At-Risk, Underserved, Under-privileged, Troubled, Urban poor, etc. But the truth is – they are just kids! Though we need to define our subject so that we can find solutions to the problems which they face, we do not want to label the children with these negative definitions.
For the last ten years, we have been a valuable ‘community service’ organization for Redlands, however now we are seeking to broaden our impact in the community by becoming a ‘community development’ organization. The difference is subtle yet significant in that there is so much more that we can do to bless the community. We have been surveying the needs and assets of the people while researching other similar organizations. Our staff and leadership team have been studying books like When Helping Hurts so that the decisions we make in the future will establish lasting change in the community. Since Micah House is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we have the capacity for obtaining grants and other outside funding for projects and programs that are needed.
My prayer is that the stories you are about to read will inspire you to join us in making a world of difference in the lives of children and their families of Micah House.
Dave Wilson – Director, Micah House
Trinity Community Foundation