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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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Yesterday, we had the privilege of sharing our lunch hour with a group of college students from Saginaw Valley State University. These students were all from various health and human services programs, such as nursing, social work, and health care administration.

In our lunch discussion, our staff shared the stories that happen here at NOAH and the services that we offer so that these students might gain a glimpse of the joys and challenges that they will find in these fields.

We love to share the stories of transformation and change that happen at NOAH, and how you can be a part of that story. Contact us at info@noahprojectdetroit.org to schedule a date for us to come speak at your church, mosque, school, or civic group.
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We say it often, but only because it's so true: NOAH could not operate in the ways that it does without the help of volunteers. This past Wednesday staff, volunteers, and board members came together to celebrate all of the work that we do together!

Thank you to all of our volunteers! If you're interesting in joining us as a volunteer, check out our online sign up calendar to see when available dates are.
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Isaac is excited about these donated wash cloths! Donated items, such as wash cloths, help make sure that we have hygiene and clothing items to offer our guests when they come through our doors. Plus, donated supplies are a great way to support NOAH if you live far away or are unable to come down to volunteer with the Bag Lunch Program. As we settle into warmer weather, we could use your help with stocking up on the following items:

- wash cloths
- underwear
- conditioner
- lotion

Donations can be mailed to 23 E. Adams Detroit, MI 48226 or you can drop off donations Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. If you have any questions, contact Isaac Dunn at idunn@noahprojectdetroit.org.
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