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Computer Training Lab

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In partnership with Shift Digital, The Kresge Foundation, and Birmingham FUMC UMW, NOAH launched a Computer Training Lab in August 2015. This lab, with six workstations, is open four days a week for general usage. Providing access to technology allows NOAH clients to craft resumes, submit job applications, and monitor benefits. In 2015, the lab was used by over 370 people.

 

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Partnering with Shift Digital, NOAH offers a “Computers 101” class every other Thursday. This class provides one-on-one assistance not only in learning how to use a computer, but also help with crafting a resume, setting up an email account, filling out job applications, and more. Computers 101 teaches real world skills necessary to finding and maintaining employment.

 


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Skills and Mobility

Partnering with Back Alley Bikes, the nonprofit associated with The Hub of Detroit bike shop in Midtown Detroit, NOAH created an Earn-a-Bike program in July 2015. With public transportation in Detroit a constant struggle for low-income people, we realized that a bicycle can significantly improve an individual’s opportunities to find and maintain employment and housing.

NOAH’s Earn-A-Bike program does more than provide transportation, however. Over the three week course, individuals learn how to completely take apart, repair, and restore a donated bicycle. At the end of the course, they leave with a good as new set of wheels and the skills to fix it when something breaks. Thus far, two cohorts of six students have gone through the program, with 100% attendance and completion. The class inspires motivation and a sense of ownership as students tinker with brakes, gears, ball bearings, and more. The class ends with a celebratory group ride! You can find pictures from previous cohorts on our Facebook page.


 

Art & Soul
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A partnership with First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Art & Soul helps restore dignity among homeless persons in Detroit by inspiring pride and purpose through self-expressive art. We journey with disadvantaged adults through the arts of pottery, painting, knitting, sewing, beading, glass, poetry and more. Our 5th Floor Studio space at Central UMC offers a safe, cozy, art-filled oasis for participants to explore their creative side, make friends, learn new crafts and give structure and an alternative to life on the streets. Art & Soul is staffed by volunteers who assist participants. The program is offered September through June, Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30am-3:00pm. The program begins in the dining hall during the Bag Lunch Program where participants can begin working on small projects. At 12:00pm, the group then moves to the 5th Floor studio where, until 3:00pm, participants are able to work on longer-term projects. The studio is equipped with a kiln for firing ceramics. If you are interested in volunteering with Art & Soul or donating art supplies, please contact Art & Soul Coordinator, Susan Greenhalgh.


Support Groups

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NOAH’s support groups strive to build an environment of mutual support for its participants. By providing an opportunity for individuals to share their journey with one another, NOAH’s group programming encourages members to turn to their peers for guidance. This model fosters trust among participants that extends beyond the walls of NOAH.

Groups are held weekly:

  • Narcotics Anonymous (Wednesdays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm and 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Thursdays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm)

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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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