NOAH News - The NOAH Project Detroit

NOAH News - The NOAH Project Detroit

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The NOAH Project | 23 E. Adams Detroit, MI 48226 | 313-965-5422 www.noahprojectdetroit.org | [email protected]

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Spring 2015

A Home Built by Partners “This is my home.” Four simple words that for many of us are uttered without a second thought. But for someone who has spent years on the streets, not having a home means not having a place to feel comfort, safety, and peace at the end of a long day. So when last week Eddie said that NOAH was his home, it meant this is more than just a place to get some lunch.

Mission Statement

Core Values

The mission of the NOAH Project is to empower low income and homeless Detroiters to achieve stability by serving as the first step on the journey to self sufficiency.

The NOAH Project commits itself to:

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Welcome all people with hospitality, recognize their dignity, and practice acceptance Build long-term trusting relationships Patient, holistic care Personal growth through empowerment

The NOAH Project is a program of the Central United Methodist Church of Detroit Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 organization.

How is a home built? Slowly. Patiently. With great care. But most of all, it is built with the help of many partners. Each partner who joins us helps create a community of support. These partners come in many forms, each bringing a special gift to the greater NOAH Family. This issue of the NOAH News highlights just a few of our partners who help make NOAH what it is. Partners like Susan, who coordinates Art & Soul, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. There’s also our friends at Shift Digital and The Kresge Foundation who are donating laptops to create a Computer Training Lab. But there are countless other partners whose commitment to the people we serve ensure that it is a home for every single person who comes through our door.

In March, Chelsea, NOAH’s US-2 and Caseworker, wrote on the NOAH Blog about our partnership with Covenant Community Care. Covenant, which operates four medical clinics in the city, does outreach at NOAH, assisting with insurance enrollment, basic medical care, and transportation to appointments. Through our partnership with Covenant, we were able to get a Debra a wrist a brace that her insurance wouldn’t pay for. This injury was preventing her from returning to work. To read the full story, visit the Blog section of our website. Our partners also include the over fifty organizations who sponsor Bag Lunch Dates. These lunches are the reason that Eddie and Debra and hundreds of other people first come to NOAH. They can be the beginning of a home. We hope that you will continue to be a partner in creating a home for those who come to NOAH. Please join us on Friday June 12 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for Detroit Artists vs. Homelessness, an evening of music and poetry to benefit the NOAH Project. NOAH is defined by its partnerships. Thank you for joining us.

NOAH Prepares to Enter the Digital Age

Computer Training Lab to launch through partnerships with The Kresge Foundation, Shift Digital, and Birmingham FUMC

Five years ago, members of Birmingham FUMC began offering simple Arts and Crafts at NOAH during Bag Lunch. From these simple beginnings, a community of support, expression, and encouragement blossomed. That community gathered in April to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Art & Soul with a Gallery and Art Show. Held in the gymnasium just outside of the 5th floor art studio, over fifteen NOAH artists displayed and sold their works to a crowd of supporters. Over $2,000 worth of art was sold, with 85% of the proceeds going directly to the artists. By the end of the evening, the question on the minds of both artists and supporters was: “When can we do this again!?” Stay tuned for Art & Soul’s next Gallery and Art Show! Thank you to all of the committed artists, volunteers, and supporters who make Art & Soul the community it is!

Detroit Artists vs. Homelessness A Concert to Benefit NOAH Building on the success of April’s Concert of Hope at the Birmingham Temple, the NOAH Project invites you to Detroit Artists vs. Homelessness, a concert on Friday June 12 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to benefit NOAH. Featuring some of Detroit’s best musicians and spoken word artists, the evening is sure to be memorable. There are no tickets or entrance fees, but a freewill offering to NOAH is greatly appreciated. Children are welcome! Doors open at 7:30pm and the concert begins at 8:00pm. For more information, visit our website: noahprojectdetroit.org/ events or email [email protected] We look forward to seeing you on June 12!

The Rundown

Who: Some of Detroit’s best artists and performers invite you! What: A evening of music and poetry to benefit NOAH Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History When: Friday, June 12 Doors open at 7:30pm. Concert begins at 8:00pm Why: To listen to great performers who support NOAH!

If you would like to make a donation to the NOAH Project, please send it to: 23 E. Adams, Detroit, MI 48226, call (313) 965-5422, or visit noahprojectdetroit.org/donate

The NOAH Project is proud to announce the creation of a Computer Training Lab made possible through partnerships with The Kresge Foundation, Shift Digital, and Birmingham FUMC! The Kresge Foundation and Shift Digital have committed to donating laptops and a grant from the UMW of Birmingham FUMC will pay for needed electrical upgrades to transform an underutilized room into a fully functioning computer lab. With lack of access to computers a major barrier to gaining Computer Training Lab pre-renovation. employment, education, and Can you imagine what it will look like? Track updates on our website! housing, this lab will allow NOAH to offer our clients computer training. Use of the lab will also be incorporated into NOAH’s Job Readiness Class. Containing ten computers, the lab also holds the potential of hosting literacy classes. Based in Troy, The Kresge Foundation seeks to expand opportunities in America’s cities. A automotive marketing firm headquartered in Birmingham, Shift Digital is one of NOAH’s Bag Lunch Partners. Birmingham FUMC has been one of NOAH’s Thank you to our partners! strongest Bag Lunch partners for many years and also collaborates to offer Art & Soul. We are still in need of tables and chairs for the lab and volunteers to help staff it! If you are interested in donating to or volunteering in the lab, contact Matt at 313-965-5422 or [email protected]

Open Bag Lunch Dates!

Did you see it? NOAH was featured on CBS-62 and ABC-7 in April! Find the clips on our Facebook Page!

Can your church, company, or organization sponsor one of these upcoming dates? June 16-18 June 22-24 June 30-July 2 For an up-to-date calendar and to sign up, visit: noahprojectdetroit.org/bag-lunch-program