Micah Ecumenical Ministries started in the basement of Trinity, when Patty Marion first offered herself and God's love to a person without housing by offering him a warm cup of coffee one morning. From then on, the need to address hunger and housing insecurity in Virginia has been top of mine for the Downtown Fredericksburg congregations.
Downtown Fredericksburg congregations have been involved with the community’s homeless population since the late 1980s, when they opened their church buildings as shelter space and provided meals to those in need. However, as the area’s original shelter program grew and redeveloped its programs, many people who lived chronically on the street found themselves ineligible for those services due to unmedicated mental illnesses, disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other barriers. As a result, these individuals ending up knocking on the doors of local churches in search of help. The original congregations initially began to respond individually through the development of various ministries. But after the churches helped the original shelter relocate to a new building in the Battlefield Industrial Park in 2005, a number of these founding congregations came together to organize ways of assisting those whose needs were not being met. In response to God’s call to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8), they formed Micah Ecumenical Ministries as a 501(c)3 non-profit responsible for coordinating church efforts to cultivate community and care for neighbors.
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