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Client Spotlight: Jacob’s Journey

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“Go down to Woodward and Adams,” Jacob was told when his shelter closed in the morning. With that he made his way to the NOAH Project and to the place he would find a home. He came for the same reason that so many people first come to NOAH: lunch. Jacob began coming to receive a Bag Lunch, beginning a transformation.

Soon after receiving his first lunch, Jacob learned about NOAH’s casework services. Born with HIV, Jacob’s kidneys have failed, requiring him to undergo an exhausting dialysis procedure three times a week since the age of six. The facility he must travel to, however, is on the far East side and he had no way of getting there. NOAH caseworkers met with Jacob and provided him with bus tickets to get to his dialysis. NOAH was also able to coordinate with a local agency to ensure that Jacob received comprehensive HIV care.

With his immediate health needs met, Jacob could then begin to focus on achieving stability in his life. Bouncing from shelter to shelter left him without a steady mailing address to receive housing, medical, and employment information. 23 E. Adams became that safe and reliable address for Jacob. When his wallet was stolen, NOAH caseworkers were there to help him replace his important documents: insurance cards, Bridge Card, and State ID.

Permanent housing then became Jacob’s next goal. After being rejected from numerous programs, NOAH found an organization that would accept him. Throughout the process, caseworkers at NOAH have been advocates, guides, and partners. Jacob is now stably housed and is looking forward to getting his GED in the near future. Though it has been a long and tiresome process, Jacob has an ally: “NOAH gives me the comfort and respect I need to keep going. To not give up.”One thing he can rely on is that his family at NOAH will be with him as he continues on his journey.

 

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James has been a big part of the NOAH family since last September. James is one of the 106 individuals engaged through our Street Outreach, which began in April 2016. For people who are truly living on the streets, getting into housing can be very difficult and oftentimes overwhelming. However, Street Outreach engages these individuals and builds trusting relationships with them, allowing NOAH to support these individuals as they go through the arduous housing process. Of the 106 individuals Street Outreach has engaged, over 60 of them, roughly 56%, have been housed or connected to a housing agency as a result of Street Outreach. It's the smiles on people's faces like James, who just received his keys, that remind us of the importance of meeting people where they are, and building trust and companionship. ...

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Look how nice and full our hygiene cabinet looks! Thanks to those of you who have answered our requests for more hygiene items. Our guests appreciate it. In fact, we gave out over 60 hygiene items during our casework sessions yesterday, which means we can run through our supplies quickly. If you've wanted to donate supplies to NOAH, remember, its never too late! You can send donations to 23 E. Adams Detroit, MI 48226 or drop them off M-F from 9am-5pm. ...

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Ever wonder what a week at NOAH looks like? Here are some numbers to show how we stayed busy this past week. If you would like to learn more about our programs, or how you can get involved here, email us at info@noahprojectdetroit.org

From left to right:
- Our bag lunch program served 939 lunches with the help of 54 volunteers
- Our Casework staff held 86 one-on-one casework sessions
- Our Dental Clinic saw 35 patients.
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