Eagle Scout plans Hesed green space

Luke Rossi has been in scouts since he was a first-grader at Hugh Mercer Elementary School. Now, 10 years later, he’s a sophomore at James Monroe High School.  Becoming an Eagle Scout has been a goal of his for a long time. He’s worked with Micah Ministries throughout his scouting life – first at the cold weather shelter handing out socks and then serving community dinners at the church and during the pandemic at local motels. 

When he started thinking about an Eagle Project this past spring he wanted to do a project with Micah. The timing was right. We had just taken over of the old Thomas Jefferson Motel and were planning on turning it into temporary housing for the chronically homeless.

Luke’s project is a 27′ x 59′ Green Space at the new Hesed House. The space is designed to give the guests a place to go outside while adjusting to living indoors for the first time in years. It will include raised beds for growing veggies, a cut flower bed to brighten up their rooms, a handicap accessible picnic table to gather with friends and open the lawn for neighbors to play with their dogs.

It’s not too late to help!

• Contribute to the Green Space: 
Help Luke raise funds for a pet waste stand, cigarette container and other materials.
DONATE using the button below or mail check to: Micah Ministries, PO Box 3277, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. Write GREEN SPACE in the memo.

• Buy from our amazon wish list: HERE

• Share Housewarming Items
Trash Bags (13 gallon and 4 gallon)
Shower liners
Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
Toilet paper and paper towels
New full and twin sheets
Zip lock bags (gallon and quart)
Clorox wipes and swiffer wet wipes
Dish detergent, scrub sponges and dish towels
Full size shampoo bottles, soap, conditioner
Coffee, creamer, sugar

Thank you for blessing us!

Our open house and dedication ceremony for Hesed House on Sept. 10 was a blessing for our community! We were blessed with clergy, leaders, and members from our Micah churches, along with Micah staff, volunteers, and supporters from all over the community.

Plus a great sing-along with our Micah Street Choir!

Hesed House will blaze a trail for how our community takes care of our unhoused neighbors. Our dedication culminated in chalk inscriptions on each door. The C+M+B abbreviates “Christus Mansionem Benedicat,” meaning “May God Bless this House.”

Look what God is doing in Fredericksburg!

WATCH B101.5’s coverage of the event to see more.

Job Openings

Housing Care Coordinator (case manager)
Coordinates housing-focused care for neighbors who have moved from street homelessness to permanent housing. Includes interventions internal to Micah and across community partners. 

Cold Weather Shelter Monitors
Monitors and supports neighbors who are sheltering from the cold during frigid nights. Shifts are approximately 12 hours overnight. 3-4 positions available

When neighbors are caught in survival mode, it becomes difficult to navigate all the different resources. It makes a big difference when organizations temporarily relocate, to provide their services in a location that is already frequented by those who need help. The Rappahannock Community Services Board, DMV, Rappahannock Goodwill, and Department of Social Services are just some of the community partners who have chosen to establish a presence within the Micah Hospitality Center, easing the connection to needed support.

Fredericksburg’s downtown churches began their journey toward the vision for Micah Ecumenical Ministries almost 18 years ago. We’ve now been at this as many years as there are miles to the treacherous Jericho Road of the Good Samaritan story. Along the way, encounters with our neighbors’ suffering have taught us much about the home God envisions for humanity, and how we are called to take part.