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The Little Things

Sock It To Me SquareDo you ever go to your dresser to get ready in the morning and realize you probably should have done laundry the night before because you’re all out of fresh socks? So you go into your laundry bin and find the pair that is the least smelly and throw them on your feet and begin your day?

For many of our clients it is not a question of what pair of socks or underwear to put on in the morning, they are in the pair that they were in yesterday, the day before, and maybe a few days before that.

Yesterday the NOAH staff spoke at West Bloomfield UMC, to give an update on NOAH. While there, we were greeted with presents! The church had been collecting socks, underwear, and t-shirts for us through the month of August. After a morning of sharing, food, and fellowship we loaded up Amy’s car with all of the donations and this morning brought them into NOAH.

Well let me tell you of the joy that was spread through these small items. Many of our regulars have known that we have been out of underwear and t-shirts for months now. As I shared with folks during casework that we had these items back in, their faces lit up and they exclaimed that their day was made from a new pair of underwear and fresh socks. One regular said, “I had stopped asking for underwear because I was tired of hearing that you guys didn’t have any, what a surprise today!” Many said to pass their thanks along to the people that donated them and how grateful they were for our conversation and for these items.

What a difference, these small things, which frequently we take for granted, can make. As we move into September and Sock-It-To-Me September begins, can you or your church or organization begin to collect socks and underwear for us? These are things that we always need at NOAH, and thanks to the huge success of SITMS in 2014, we have had enough socks to make it through until now, when we have begun to run out.

It is the small things that have the power to make a big difference. How can you help make someone’s day today?

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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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