Noah’s Ark clients come here for many different reasons as well as from many different cultures and backgrounds. We are a low barrier shelter, so we accept pretty much everyone here. Homelessness can affect anyone at any time in their life, and we are here to help!
Cultural diversity – Noah’s Ark is the only low-barrier shelter for homeless people that serves such a diverse clientele on the Yakama Nation and lower valley. Over half of our clients are Native American, and approximately one fourth are Latino/a and/or Spanish-speaking. Many of our Native clients, especially, feel a strong sense of cultural ties to the community around Wapato, and even though they may be without homes they still consider this community their place. So having a place to stay within this community instead of, say, Yakima, fills a critical need to house people while also respecting their cultural roots and maintaining their support networks.