Friday Feature: NOAH Project

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Clark Hill's Detroit office recently held a salad-station lunch to benefit The NOAH Project. The office contributed hundreds of personal care items as well as nearly $700 as a result of the event. Frances Rosinski, senior counsel, championed the charity initiative and Clark Hill team members Courtney L. Rosenau, Cynthia Filipovich and Beth Stawasz coordinated the event. Avalon Bakery donated bread.

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 operates a Community Center in downtown Detroit for people living on the streets. Offering lunch four days a week, one-on-one social services, physical health counseling, empowerment-based programming, and emergency needs, NOAH Project strives to build a family support system for those who come to them.

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History of The NOAH Project

In 1976, members of Central United Methodist Church saw that people in their community needed food. Responding to this basic need, church members began offering a Bag Lunch to anyone who came to their door twice per week, on Mondays and Thursdays. The program, now nearly 40 years old, remains the cornerstone of the NOAH Project.

In 1999, realizing that people needed more than just a lunch, Central partnered with Family Service, Inc. and created the NOAH Project (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless). NOAH began offering social services and physical health counseling.

In 2003, NOAH was transferred to the Central United Methodist Church of Detroit Community Development Corporation, our 501(c) 3. In 2014, responding to the coldest and snowiest winter in Detroit's history, NOAH opened wide its doors and created the NOAH Community Center. We extended our hours and are now open to people from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. NOAH also expanded its Bag Lunch Program to serve lunch on all four days. This growth has spurred the creation of the Community Center.

To learn more about The NOAH Project, visit www.noahprojectdetroit.org.

Published: Fri, Jul 19, 2019

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