Micah Spring 2020 Newsletter
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Greetings Friends, 

These are interesting and even difficult times. There is much uncertainty. As someone recently suggested to me, as we celebrate Easter weekend, what we are experiencing truly feels like the time between Good Friday and Easter. We may be in shock over what is happening, not knowing just how to deal with the crisis while looking for any signs of hope, of resurrection, of new life.

I am aware of how this pandemic is affecting clients, volunteers and staff. There have been layoffs, University classes, exams, graduations, etc. have been thrown into confusion. P2P volunteers cannot visit in the prisons, though letter-writing and phone calls are encouraged. CoSA circles need to meet virtually rather than in person.
Here at the office, though we may not always be in the office, we are just a phone call, text or email away and we want to do all we can to support our volunteers, clients and each other. As people’s pocketbooks are affected by the shutdown of services and work situations, we become aware of donations also being affected. In that vein, we are busy looking for funding opportunities and making application so that we can continue to be here for you and for anyone newly arriving in our community from prison.

So it is our wish that you would all stay safe and be well. We want to encourage you to not give up hope but to stay in touch with one another. Commiserate together, but also encourage one another. Find opportunities to cry and laugh together. Know that we are all in this together and that all of us are affected by these times. But we need to look for hope and recognize even the small signs of hope and promise.

Though winter seems reluctant to release its grip on us, we believe that spring is coming. Let us believe that an end to this pandemic is also coming.

For our supporters we thank you for your ongoing prayers and financial support. Please remember our clients and volunteers as their lives are turned upside down. We will continue to remember you as well as you, too, deal with the uncertainties of the pandemic. Also, if you have means at this time we welcome your gifts but fully understand if this is just not the right time to be asking for donations.

Blessings to all. And please, stay safe.

Dave Feick
Executive Director





Who We Are

Micah is a volunteer-driven Restorative Justice organization. Through friendship, visitation, support and accountability we seek to transform the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, and their families 




Congratulations, Stacey!

March 31, 2020 marked Stacey Swampy’s last day as our Indigenous Awareness Program Coordinator. Over the last two years Stacey has helped Micah’s staff, board, volunteers, and participants begin a journey towards Reconciliation, and adopting and implementing the principles of UNDRIP and the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action. A dream that was planted 15 years ago, has come true, as Stacey has accepted a position as an Elder at Saskatoon Correctional Centre. Stacey’s wisdom, and willingness to teach and engage will greatly be missed at the office. We are so incredibly proud of Stacey, and are looking forward to working alongside him as community partners in his new role.




Adapting to COVID-19

Our programs are heavily reliant on friendship – on individuals coming together to journey alongside one another. Prior to physical distancing recommendations, we did this face-to-face within correctional institutions and in the community. Over the course of the last few weeks we have had to adapt our programs to ensure the safety, health, and wellness of the community is respected, while maintaining social connections, the heart of what we do. Program updates will be available to clients and volunteers via phone, email, and on Facebook.
Office Hours – office hours remain Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. While the office is closed to the public, please feel free to contact Dave by email: dave@themicahmission.org, or phone: 306.270.5031.
Circles of Support & Accountability (CoSA) – CoSA circles will continue to meet via video or teleconferencing until government directives suggest in-person gatherings may recommence. For more information contact Adriana by email: adriana@themicahmission.org, or phone: 306.715.6503.
Faith Community Reintegration Program (FCRP) – We will continue to support FCRP inmates at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary through letters and phone calls, providing emotional and faith-based support during this time of uncertainty and heightened isolation.
Indigenous Awareness (IA) – Interviews are underway for our new Indigenous Awareness Coordinator. We are looking forward to introducing you to the new coordinator, and detailing upcoming plans for the IA program as we are able.
Person to Person (P2P) – Federal correctional institutions have closed to the public. While in-person visits are cancelled, both Micah and the Regional Psychiatric Centre invites volunteers to write letters to the patients they are supporting. Please contact Dave for more information.
While physically, we are in different places, and largely apart. We aim to ensure our programs provide both clients and volunteers an outlet to feel one in community and preserve relationships and support networks.
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