The month of June was filled with feelings of optimism and excitement, as well as facing new challenges with many of our beneficiaries. We’ve been tested as an organisation, and at the
same time we’ve made strides in building relationships with our partner organisations. We’ve had the privilege of hosting a workshop on Shelters & Rehabs in partnership with the Observatory Civic Association. Some of our past beneficiaries spoke at the event providing valuable insight of day-to-day challenges that the homeless face. Our guests left the workshop equipped with new skills to help the homeless in different situations as well as seeing the homeless in a different light.
New Hope rallied numbers to help restore and repair the new secondary phase rehab hosted by Inner Peace in Observatory. Volunteers arrived ready and prepared to do some good old manual labour. Not only were there volunteers, but many of the homeless from the Observatory community joined and helped paint walls, weeding the garden, repairing gutters and the like. We feel that this new venture from Inner Peace will do wonders in bridging the slight disconnect between primary and secondary rehabilitation that we have been experiencing of late.
We also had the privilege of talking to the Pinelands Methodists Woman's Auxiliary meeting on how Shelters & Rehabs work. It was a rich evening filled with discussion and practical examples of how everyone can help.
New Hope Beneficiaries
The road to recovery is never easy nor is it brief. Rudolph, our longest standing beneficiary, has unfortunately relapsed for the second time. After having relapsed the first time - New Hope, under the guidance of Inner Peace, believed that it was best for Rudolph to stay put in his current living circumstances with his sister and brother-in-law under careful monitoring. In hindsight we discovered that this was not the best for Rudolph as a second relapse quickly followed. The board unanimously agreed that it was in the best interest for Rudolph to return to Inner Peace Primary where he would rebuild on the foundations of his recovery. This has led to Rudolph’s studies to be put on pause with Swift Skills Academy. We understand that sometimes a step-backwards leads to two steps forward so we are confident in Rudolf’s recovery and that this second round of primary rehabilitation will do him well on his journey to independence one day.
Having completed his primary rehab at Toevlug and then continuing the outpatient programme through CTDCC, Chris was residing at Loaves and Fishes. He has subsequently relapsed and the Board felt it best Chris goes back primary rehab at Inner Peace. Chris recognises where he went wrong and was willing and determined to go back to primary rehab to regain the necessary steps to get back on track. We wish Chris well and look forward to assisting him when he returns.
Our journey with Zeke thus far has been quite a learning curve. We initially discovered that Zeke had a gambling problem which we took measure to treat. We have now found that Zeke may suffer from schizophrenia or a similar diagnosis. Zeke was transferred to Groote Schuur Psychiatric for assessment but without informing us, Groote Schuur discharged Zeke prematurely which resulted in a possible relapse as he had to stay outside for that night. As with all our beneficiaries, we would have sent him up to Inner Peace however Inner Peace feel they do not have the facilities need to treat someone with Zeke’s illness. Together We Can (TWC), who we have used in the past with one of our previous beneficiaries was able to accommodate Zeke’s needs.
*names changed to keep their anonymity.
Jason, Walter & Martin:
Jason is one our new applicants. Jason has completed his New Hope documentation and was dropped off at the bus station, which has departed for Inner Peace. We wish him all the best on
his road to recovery.
Walter & Martin are currently 1st and 2nd on our waiting list and should hopefully be placed this week into Inner Peace.
Michael was a previous beneficariy of New Hope but after failing to complete 2 different rehabilitation courses we had to suspend our services to him. The great news is that he arranged his own admission to Stikland on the 18th of June which will last a duration of 4 weeks. Because he has shown such diligence we will look to place him into Inner Peace when he's discharged.