“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.