Noah's Ark was once again able to accomplish its goal of providing food, shelter and other basic services to the chronically homeless on the Yakama Reservation. In 2015 we served over 37,500 meals and provided close to 10,000 shelter bed nights. Clients also received hygiene services, mail service, were able to access clothing from our newly expanded closet. Beginning in 2016 we employed a new social worker who is working on his MSW. Our social worker has worked with clients to get needed medical treatment, find employment, get into treatment, and find permanent housing. Our staff participates in monthly meetings of tribal and community agencies seeking to improve coordination in services to the homeless.
One example of successful collaboration: A homeless Native Veteran, staying at Noah's Ark became a valued member of our resident volunteer team. Working with the VA case manager through the VASH (Veterans' Administration Supportive Housing) voucher program, we were able to refer him to a new Yakama Nation Housing Authority Supportive Housing Program, Mt Pahto Village, where he now has permanent housing.
Each guest at Noah's Ark meets with our social worker to develop a client centered housing stability plan and meets regularly with social worker to monitor plan and get assistance in achieving their goals. With the assistance of our social work staff we have also greatly improved our data collection, participating in the statewide Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). We have also continued to involve our residents in managing the daily operations of the shelter, doing chores, cooking meals, acting as night monitors etc. House meetings, twice a month, with our social worker help to gather resident input, and coordinate the daily community life of the shelter.
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