Nothing Will Hold Her Back 
Article ImageBorn at 28 weeks and weighing less than two pounds, Joriah has been hooked up to almost every type of neonatal medical equipment available just to keep her alive for her first year of life. When she was finally ready to go home, her parents had to be trained on how to care for her g-tube and trach.
 
Now that she’s two years old, Joriah has a new focus: learning to walk. She can pull to a stand, eat some things by mouth, and babbles a few words, thanks in part to weekly occupational, speech and physical therapies through Noble's First Steps early intervention. “She’s come a long way,” says her mother Naffie, “but I never want her to be held back.”
 
Sharing the Spirit of the Holidays
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For over 20 years, Christ the King Church in Broad Ripple has provided a wonderful Christmas for families in need served by Noble.
 
This year, over 60 families were helped by "Christ the King Village," as they call themselves. After reviewing the need lists put together by our First Steps therapists, parishioners bought gifts and donated money. The school's children created holiday cards for each family, and confirmation candidates and sponsors delivered the gifts. Truly a team effort.
 
This spirit also comes through each year as the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple hosts its annual holiday lunch for families in need served by Noble. This year, 12 First Steps families joined the Sertomans for a delicious luncheon and presents delivered by Santa and Mrs. Claus. It's a tradition going back well over 40 years!
 
And then there's Ingredion. When Joann Weaver moved to town, she began volunteering at Noble. After being hired by Ingredion, she shared her love of Noble with co-workers. That relationship hit a new level this year: staff collected $2,000 in donations and Ingredion matched it!
 
Employment Services Running Strong
Article ImageChris has had a long career, thanks to Noble's Community Employment service. For over 15 years, he worked for AUL (now OneAmerica). Then, he took a job at Marsh for eight years before their stores closed. Not ready to retire, he worked with Noble to land a new job at Kroger.
 
According to Employment Consultant Kayla Miller, "He's a hard worker. Everyone enjoys being around him!"
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