MICAH House expands shelter, health services after $3.6M campaign

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“Very hard realizing at my age that I was homeless, and she was there for me, the staff was there for me,” said Robin Countryman, a MICAH House resident.

Robin and Jessica are just two of the women who have utilized MICAH House's newest women's shelter since it opened in early January 2019. With services like an on-site therapist and health care clinic, women are able to receive the services they need to get back on their feet.


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The Charles E. Lakin Foundation has awarded $500,000 to the MICAH House in Council Bluffs for a new 1,100-square-foot health care clinic at the homeless shelter in honor of Florence M. Lakin.

It will include three exam rooms that will offer medical and dental services. The daily operations of the clinic will be managed by All Care Health Center and will benefit hundreds of homeless individuals and community members each year.

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Micah House announces $3.6 million expansion

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MICAH House will expand its services for homeless single women and families, including strengthening its medical services.

The nonprofit organization announced the public phase of its Shelter Reimagined campaign to raise $3.6 million for a shelter expansion and additional services on Thursday.

“This campaign provides momentum, moving MICAH House forward, and allows us to offer more resources and a one-of-a-kind shelter for hundreds of women experiencing homelessness right here in our community,” said MICAH House Executive Director Jaymes Sime. "It’s going to do tremendous things for the folks we serve."

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Council Bluffs homeless shelter to start Girl Scout Troop; 'Our doors are open and we love cookies!'

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Girls staying at a Council Bluffs homeless shelter soon will have the opportunity to be Girl Scouts, complete with the sash, the badges and the cookie sales.

The idea to start a troop at Micah House developed in July, when executive director Jaymes Sime read an article in the New York Times. The story was about a Girl Scout troop expanding to 15 homeless shelters across New York City.

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buddy program: play the stress away

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The Buddy Program began in the fall as a way to structure playtime for kids experiencing the stresses of living in the shelter.

For two hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while many of the parents are in classes on budgeting and job skills, children 7 and younger get to go hang out with “buddies” — volunteers trained in what Kayla Terrillion calls “trauma-informed play,” which includes everything from crafts to kid-friendly yoga poses.

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A new class at MICAH House goes above and beyond the typical finance and job help. It's teaching those in need to have a new positive outlook on life.

Executive director at MICAH House, Jaymes Sime, knows the impact of homelessness firsthand. He and his family were homeless when Sime was a child. "There's a lot of stigma. There's a lot of judgement on the homeless population, and they let that become their reality," Sime said. "I've carried that with me into this job, and I share that experience with the folks that are taking the class, and I say, 'You know, this is temporary. You know, if I can change the way you think, I can change the way you act. And if I can change the way you act, I can change your life outcome.'"

That's why Sime worked to develop a new 90-minute motivational class he calls Transformation Thursday.

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MICAH House Fundraiser Boosted by Added "Gems"

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The MICAH House raised a record $94,400 at its 20th annual Champagne and Diamonds fundraiser May 6 at the Mid-America Center — and discovered a couple more gems. “We are very excited about the success,” said Jaymes Sime, executive director at the emergency family shelter.

Guests watched the Kentucky Derby together and enjoyed food and drinks. They also got to shop at silent and live auctions.

Finally, it was time to determine who would win a diamond in the traditional raffle. At stake was a diamond necklace valued at $1,500. As numerical sequences were eliminated, ticket holders sat down.

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Grant to help MICAH House feed homeless families

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MICAH House officials have announced a one-year grant recently awarded from Conagra Brands Foundation that will benefit more than 850 individuals.

Conagra Brands Foundation funding will enable MICAH House to continue to provide three meals a day to families experiencing the crisis of homelessness. In 2016, MICAH House served 30,599 meals to 415 adults and 482 children.

“We truly appreciate the support of Conagra Brands Foundation,” said Jaymes Sime, MICAH House Executive Director. “These funds will allow MICAH House to provide meals to homeless families right here in our community."

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