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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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The fellowship hall is set and ready to go! All it needs now is you and your friends enjoying the yummy soups that are being made.

Don't forget to join us Sunday morning at 11:45 for Bowls of Hope!
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Where can you find yummy soup from local restaurants like Mudgies and Russel Street Deli, tasty bread from Avalon Bakery, and beautiful hand-painted bowls made by Art and Soul artists? Find all of this at The NOAH Project's Bowls of Hope fundraiser this Sunday!

Bowls of Hope will take place on the second floor of Central United Methodist Church from 11:45 until 1:15. Invite your friends and family to an afternoon of yummy food that will benefit NOAH and our Art and Soul participants!
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How do you make the NOAH staff this happy? Send us multiple boxes of deodorant and razors. Thank you so much to the donor of these hygiene items that we received in the past week!

If you want to be responsible for this level of joy, we're currently in need of lotion, conditioner, and soap. Email info@noahprojectdetroit.org to arrange a drop off if you have any items you'd like to donate.
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Not only is today the first day of Spring, it's our new Community Center Manager's first day of work!

Angela Loewen will be taking over the operation of NOAH's Community Center and the programs that operate within it. We are excited to welcome her to the NOAH Family. Feel free to do the same by sending her an email at aloewen@noahprojectdetroit.org.
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