‘Better Network’ hosts meeting

2017-04-26 06:02
Photo: tania sandbergBetter Together members and representatives from various non-profit organisations and supporting businesses at the meeting.

Photo: tania sandbergBetter Together members and representatives from various non-profit organisations and supporting businesses at the meeting.

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THE Better Together Network hosted their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 12. Founder of the network, Gail Shreiner, told members she is passionate about the work that non-profit organisations do, which is why she started the network.

Shreiner is organising a workshop to help organisations care for their carers, given the difficult work they do in the community.

Jamaican, Reverend Courtney Richards will host the workshop with psychologist, Ruth Cameka Taylor.

“Coming from a poor background has not stopped Ruth from achieving great heights. She is also the author of several books,” Shreiner said.

Richards is a global missionary focused on mentoring young leaders in the church. He graduated from Bethel in 1987 with a BA in psychology, and has studied theology at Jamaica Theological Seminary and received an MA in psychology from Wheaton College.

He is now the founder and international director for Renewed Ministries, whose mission is to engage in evangelism, mentoring and leadership training in the Caribbean and around the world to help people reach their full potential for the glory of God.

The workshop is to take place on Wednesday, July 26 at Lionsgate Church from 9am to 12pm. Non-profit organisations interested in attending can contact Shreiner on 031 903 7359.

Guest speaker, Gail Elson, marketing manager for I Care told members more about the work they do.

“I Care is a non-profit that has been transforming the lives of street children for over 14 years. We often see these children as a menace, but many of them run away for a reason, mostly poverty or abuse at home, only to become trapped on the streets in life of drugs, sexual exploitation, begging and crime,” Elson said.

“Our volunteers go to the streets and work with the children. We also work with their families to see how we can assist,” she added.

Elson said I Care provides for every aspect of the child’s needs, including ...

Awareness – “We educate the public not to give money because it keeps the children on the streets.”

Outreach – “We reach out to the street children and begin the process of rebuilding and restoring them.”

Rehabilitation – “We work through each child’s emotional problems and substances abuse.”

Housing – “We ensure that the children are housed safely and that their needs are met within a family unit.”

Education – “We provide the children with the tools and skills and they need to become effective members of society.”

Aftercare – “We monitor the children to ensure they are on track and do not find their way back to the street.”

Work skills – “We provide skills training and assist them with finding employment.”

She appealed to the public not to give the street children money, but rather help organisations like I Care, which can be contacted on 031 572 6870 or 081 331 5484.

The next Better Together Network meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at the Amanzimtoti Police Station at 10am.

 

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