Help develop skills

2019-02-19 06:01

Shop with a heart of kindness as you help the underprivileged get skilled through the funds raised at a bric-a-brac sale to be held in Victoria Road in Southfield.

This is an initiative by Kenilworth-based U-Turn Homeless Ministries, a non-profit organisation.

The bric-a-brac started on Saturday 16 February and has its last leg on Saturday 23 February from 09:00 to 14:00.

It gives shoppers two chances to get themselves secondhand household items for less than R50 each.

Proceeds from the initiative will go towards funding a skills development programme, which Rowen Ravera, the resource development officer at U-Turn, says is the key focus for this year.

This programme will be run as part of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation and extensive relapse prevention programme called the “Life Change” programme, which lasts on average 19 months. The Life Change programme benefits unemployed individuals with a limited education of Grade 10 or lower, many of whom, according to Ravera, cannot read or write.

“U-Turn will continue with its programme serving over 1000 homeless people every year. This year in particular, however, we would like to focus on the skills development aspect of our programme to get the public thinking about long-term solutions, employment and rehabilitation of people living on the streets.

“Once clients have completed drug and alcohol rehabilitation, we place them in a work opportunity either in one of U-Turn’s charity stores, the laundry or back at our service centre providing food and clothing to those still living on the streets,” explains Ravera.

She says U-Turn currently provides over 1400 lessons every month to people.

V You can support the bric-a-brac sale or become a loyal “skills investor” by supporting U-Turn with R250 a month by going to Homeless.org.za/donate.

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