Resident tackles Sheppie’s ‘homeless issue’

2017-09-07 06:01
PHOTO: omega moagi Chantel Long is asking the Port Shepstone community to join her in helping the town’s homeless people.

PHOTO: omega moagi Chantel Long is asking the Port Shepstone community to join her in helping the town’s homeless people.

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Long then approached a local rehabilitation centre who told her they would accept them if they got methadone from a doctor.

Long has sourced some sponsors to fund the rehabilitation process and her plans are for an extensive programme that will continue to monitor their progress after being discharged from the centre and is asking the community to support the initiative.

“After rehab they are going to need a place to stay, a job and a strong support structure until they can be reunited with their families and rebuild their lives again. So any kind help towards those things would be a great help,” said Long.

“We all go through stressful and traumatic times and we deal with them in different ways. Some turn to food, some to sex, some to alcohol, others to drugs and those who are fortunate seek professional help and counselling.”

Thando, one of the people that Long is helping, who has been living on the street since his parents died seven years ago, said he is grateful for Long’s help as he had grown weary of life on the streets.

Thando said he lived on the streets in Johannesburg for four years before moving to the South Coast three years ago.

“I have been living like this for so long it feels like it is the only life I know, but I am tired of this life now. I’m only 24 I want a better future.

“I dream about getting a wife and children and living a normal life,” said Thando.

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