Home needs even more help

2019-09-11 06:01
The Jean Webber Home in Bloemfontein is one of the beneficiaries of Casual Day. From the left are Gaven Bosaletse (resident), Marinda Kruger (operational manager of the Association of and for Persons with Disabilities, Free State) and Johanna Kearney (resident). Photo: Supplied

The Jean Webber Home in Bloemfontein is one of the beneficiaries of Casual Day. From the left are Gaven Bosaletse (resident), Marinda Kruger (operational manager of the Association of and for Persons with Disabilities, Free State) and Johanna Kearney (resident). Photo: Supplied

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Despite benefiting from the Casual Day proceeds, the Jean Webber Home in Bloemfontein needs an even bigger financial injection to meet the daily needs of residents and cover operational expenses.

This residential home for persons with severe physical and psychological disabilities is one of the 600 non-profit organisations and special needs schools directly benefiting from proceeds raised through the annual Casual Day.

According to Nthabiseng Molongoana, manager of the Association of and for Persons with Disabilities, Free State (APDFS), the home depends on a small subsidy from the Department of Social Development. Residents also pay a small monthly residential fee.

This, however, is not enough to meet operational costs.

According to Molongoana, the financial demands continually exceed the income.

“The rest of the money needed to fund the home’s monthly operational expenses comes from fundraising and the involvement of the Free State community.

“The conference facility is rented out, and the goodwill shop on the property raises a bit of money.

Molongoana said the Jean Webber Home once was the leading facility in the country for people with severe disabilities.

“However, through a lack of state funding and a series of unfortunate events, it has deteriorated to such an extent that it cannot do justice to the rights and well-being of the residents.

“People who are known to be positive – grateful and willing to plough back into society – have been marginalised in a situation where even the most basic human rights have been taken away from them.”

According to Marinda Kruger, the operational manager of the APDFS, Casual Day proceeds remain a critical component that enable the Jean Webber Home to pay its monthly bills.

Casual Day is a flagship project for the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

Kruger said operational expenses covered by the Casual Day proceeds included basics such as food, water and electricity.

Proceeds also go towards the cost of caregivers who can see to the physical needs of persons with disabilities on a 24-hour basis.

“Over and above the funding the homes receive for daily operational expenses, there is no additional money available to do much-needed maintenance on the old buildings, purchase wheelchairs or do training.”

Therina Wentzel-du Toit, the NCPD’s national director, said they were reaching out to companies and organisations to assist them with funding to do the desperately needed repair work.

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