Mes offers shelter, guidance and heaps of love

2015-09-30 06:00
Johanna Cloete keeps a close eye on Joshua Baatjies, Cedwyn Chris­tian, Murchen Fletcher, Shumeez Abraham and Dinho Christian while they are doing their homework.                                 Photo:

Johanna Cloete keeps a close eye on Joshua Baatjies, Cedwyn Chris­tian, Murchen Fletcher, Shumeez Abraham and Dinho Christian while they are doing their homework. Photo: THEO JEPTHA

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THE Mes Centre in Korsten provides a safe harbour for Port Elizabethans who are trying to get back on track again after life’s setbacks.

The skilled volunteer workers at the Mes (short for Mould, Empower, Serve) Centre know that the onslaughts of life can take their toll, and can leave people feeling vulnerable and disheartened.

And it is precisely then when the organization is ready to provide loving guidance.

Besides being a haven for the homeless and providing food for the hungry, the centre also offers rehabilitation programmes for addicts and provides facilities where children with difficult circumstances at home can study for tests and examinations.

“The people who live here are the people who keep the place going,” said Ian Landman, centre manager.

According to Landman there are more than 80 people staying in the shelter and each one has tasks to perform.

“We work with people who are struggling with a variety of things. These range from drug abuse to people who have lost someone in death. Each case is different.”

Residents are also helped to find work.

Johanna Cloete, one of the residents, said she is working to piece her life together, step by step.

“I was on tik for two and a half years before I joined Mes,” she said. She has been living at the centre for about a year. According to her, she is learning every day how to successfully overcome the challenges of life.

“Here at Mes I learned about love. I also learned to talk about my problems and not keep them to myself.”

Cloete’s children remain with one of her friends for the time being, but she sees them regularly.

“I work in the centre’s kitchen and every second night get a turn to cook, but I’m not ready to be on my own. There are too many temptations out there,” she said.

The shelter is planning to again have a hall available where matriculants from disadvantaged households can come and study

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