Help James House

2018-02-27 06:00

James House continues to be a beacon of hope and a home to many vulnerable children, and for them to continue their work they are in dire need of funding.

The home, which was started in 1986, serves as a place of safety for children from the community of Hout Bay who are in need of shelter, care and protection. James House was named after the first child taken into care – James – who is still a friend of the organisation today.

Alene Smith, partnerships manager, says a boy named James found himself with nowhere to stay and no-one to care for him. “Volunteers at a local church-run soup kitchen became aware of his plight and learned that there were many other children in his situation. They rallied support from the local community and established ‘James House’ as a refuge and place of care for James and other children like him. James House grew and developed in line with the transforming child and youth care sector locally and worldwide,” she says

Smith says that over time, James House grew far beyond being a residential childcare facility. “It became an active participant in the provincial child and youth care sector and a front runner in the development of family and community-based services for orphaned and vulnerable children. Today, James House provides services across the continuum of care, prevention, early intervention, statutory issues and reintegration. Annually we serve about 1332 vulnerable children, young people and their families within the framework of four integrated programmes.”

Smith says they need help with funds. “We need help so we can continue to roll out our programmes and help other children. Each year the number of people grows and we struggle financially, hence our plea for help. We have local and international funders but not enough to sustain the house,” Smith says.

These programmes are offered:

. STARS, a four-month residential programme of 24-hour care for children in need of care and protection,

. Isibindi, a nationally accredited, community-based model of care for orphaned and vulnerable children and their families/caregivers,

. The Champions programme, a structured youth development and life skills programme for high school learners, and

. The BEST programme, which is a specialised, therapeutic support programme for teenage girls and boys at risk and their families/caregivers.

With its track record of being an innovative, professional and responsive organisation, James House has become an established implementing partner of the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD).

“DSD has requested James House on three occasions to develop and implement specialised pilot projects in the context of their regional strategies and policies and especially the new South African Children’s Act. Our vision is a future in which vulnerable families and communities in Hout Bay are empowered to protect and care for their children and where young people are nurtured and have access to opportunities to realise their potential,” says Smith.VTo help James House, call 021 790 5616.

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