“If you really sit back and think about
how this place looked 75 years ago… It was Beautiful! But now there is nothing left…”
– Noah Patton
For Noah Patton, a young man who lost his mother to suicide at 14 and turned to streets to survive, the Pastor’s mentorship has given an opportunity to become a part of the solution after years of contributing to the problem. As Deacon at Joy Tabernacle, Noah has dedicated his life to serving others. One such example is by starting his own organization that provides young men and women in Flint with solid work and trade skills through refurbishing houses, community clean up campaigns, lawn and garden care, as well as food and water delivery.
Being a single father of three can be very taxing by itself, but when you add the countless hours Noah spends supporting his neighbors, working on houses, and mentoring his peers, you have to recognize that this young man is very special! Recently all of Noah’s children were tested for lead poisoning and the results were not good. Yet, he continues to push forward, reminding us all of the inspirational poem from Maya Angelou “And Still I Rise”.