Bringing back hope

2015-11-17 10:05
A homeless man enjoys a cup of soup and bread given to him by workers of the new Restore Hope organisation in Retreat.

A homeless man enjoys a cup of soup and bread given to him by workers of the new Restore Hope organisation in Retreat. (Supplied)

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There is a new non-profit organisation on the block and it is ready to make a difference.
Restoring Hope is an organisation based in Retreat dedicated to bringing about a positive change and hope to previously disadvantaged communities.
The concept and idea came about when founders Mikhail Kroutz and Kelly Jacobs realised there was serious need and a lack of positive activities and initiatives in local communities.
“We are currently facing a time where gang violence, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, lack of community ownership, poverty and a lack of respect and discipline are prominent in our communities,” Dale Hendricks, director, says.
Hedricks says due to the lack of positive activity and guidance youngsters are feeling despondent.
“They feel that turning to gangsterism, drug dealing and other mischievous activities are the only way out of their daily struggles and pain they are living in,” he says.
The Restoring Hope organisation wants to change this mindset and its stigma among youngsters and even adults affected by the negativity. By organising outreach initiatives they want to put emphasis on the fact that there is hope and that you can achieve your goals and dreams regardless of the situation or position you find yourself in.
The organisation’s objectives are aimed at promoting community development through service provision, income-generating projects, strengthening overall communication and collaboration within the community.
Hendricks says they also focus on bringing about positive change in the broader community, adding value to the lives of people, doing youth development through sport and recreation, organising community development and decreasing social problems like drug and alcohol abuse and gang violence.
“We also want to create a sense of ownership within the communities by ‘restoring hope’ in those who lost all hope, through implementing positive initiatives within the community to create unity among people,” he says.
The organisation runs a number of initiatives, which include food and clothing drives, motivational speaking and workshops (at schools, community centres, prisons and events), sport initiatives and outreach programmes at hospitals, orphanages and old-age homes.
“We encourage residents, youth and anyone interested in bringing about positive change to get involved in our volunteer programmes, community cleaning projects, gardening projects and recycling projects,” he says.

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