Haven meals also empower locals

2016-03-22 06:00
Cherne Williams-Jacobs (front left), Kevin Alexander and their team get ready to serve their guests at the Haven’s “Ladles of love” programme hosted every Wednesday.  PHOTO: gary van dyk

Cherne Williams-Jacobs (front left), Kevin Alexander and their team get ready to serve their guests at the Haven’s “Ladles of love” programme hosted every Wednesday. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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There’s more to the Haven Night Shelter in Kensington with its “Ladles of love” programme empowering the community with a meal and more.

Since January this year this community feeding programme has aimed to feed about 60 members of the Kensington and Factre­ton community once a week.

The lunch, of a plate of fruit, a cooked meal and a juice, takes place in the dining hall of the facility every Wednesday at noon.

Kevin Alexander, spokesperson and supervisor of the Haven, says residents can collect meal tickets at the shelter on Mondays and Tuesdays between 10:00 and 13:00.

“We also use this meal to offer them empowerment with a short awareness programme dealing with topics such as substance abuse, domestic violence, human rights, HIV/Aids prevention and early childhood development.

“After lunch, a list is sent around for guests to record any needs they may need assistance with, such as social issues, applying for an ID document, application for grants and identifying children for school readiness, women in abusive relationships and seniors who need help.”

Alexander appeals for donations of food like meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit, rice and lentils, as well as stationery like copy paper, pens and whiteboard markers.

For more information call 021 593 0276.

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