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Our Vision is to give every homeless and destitute person a second chance in life.


We uplift individuals with encouragement, guide them with mentorship, increase their skills development and assist with job opportunities.

 

The Wellness Centre Trust
Newsletter

March 2018 Edition

The Good news is  – We are moving forward!
We are seeing more fruit in being more focused on individual candidates. We are seeing more success in individuals being sponsored and getting the correct skills development and integrating into jobs and moving into their own basic accommodation. The Wellness Centre Trust supports them in many ways especially during the first month of employment. We ensure they have clothes, food and a roof over their head. This is to ensure that they can be at work on time looking respectable and not hungry. Once they receive their first pay check we still mentor our candidates on budgeting and get updates on their progress. This is all part of being their family to them and helping them in their transition into society.
 

 

Here is one of our most recent testimonies. Please note the grammar has not been edited as I did not want to change his testimony in any way.

I Philani Trevor testify that I’d been helped by The Wellness Centre trust, Grace Family Church and Grace Aid by getting me a job.
Firstly in May 2017, I met a guy called Maxwell who told me about The Wellness Centre. They were helping him with an identity document. Then Maxwell introduced me. I was welcomed by the family of Wellness Centre with warm hands and it is where miracles begin. They took all my details.
Secondly they told me about their mission to the people that they help, by ID documents, grants and even job opportunities. I registered my name and also gave them my C.V.  I also registered for the Life skills course. First I attended the three days bible study. They got me a job in a company in Merebank. I am currently employed there. They didn’t stop there, they also provided me with the bus fare for the first month. They also helped with the first month’s accommodation because I was sharing a shack (room) with four other guys. They also provided me with a bed, groceries and the need for a room. They also visited me at my work to check whether everything is alright, how things are going as the member of the family.
I thank Wellness Centre together with Grace Family Church and Grace Aid for helping me. I wish God to provide them with many blessings. I also wish them all the good and they must not stop helping the poor people who are in need of help because they are changing, also healing people’s lives  physically and spiritually. Thanks so much for your consideration.
I wish you all the best as the member of the family.
Yours Sincerely
Philani Trevor

Great News!
We have candidates that have started their 12 months learnership in Business Administrations beginning of this month with Edge Training.
The Wellness Centre Trust partners with Edge Training in educating the homeless and destitute to create a better life for themselves. Edge Training is a Fully SETA Accredited, BEE Level 2, and Corporate Training Company with a National Footprint.

A BIG THANK YOU to NLC for sponsoring a seven seater Toyota Avanza.

The Wellness Centre Trust is moving forward. We are now able to assist our candidates more efficiently with our new vehicle.

 

 

 

Moving forward and reflecting back….
I just felt I wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to Karien Hunter from The GATEKEEPER Foundation. When you start a non-profit organisation you have no idea of true governance, you are just focused on what you want to do in making a difference in this world. You have no idea of all the “paper work”. People don’t care what you want to do, they want to see what you have done. Karien was the opposite. So four years ago when we just started to help the homeless and destitute she came alongside and sponsored a whole course through her Non-Profit organisation The Gatekeeper Foundation. This course helped me tremendously in learning good governance. I am very grateful as The Wellness Centre Trust through AMC Hunter INC, was registered as a trust and our documents are still being looked after by AMC Hunter INC. We then went on to register for tax and to register a PBO number and everything that goes with good governance.  I am still very grateful for the solid foundation from where we started. This has allowed us to portray a certain confidence and have peace of mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donations can be made to the following account:
Standard Bank
The Wellness Centre Trust
Durban North Branch
Account Number : 370424557
Swift Code: SBZA ZA JJ

Please email proof of payment toinfo@thewellnesscentretrust.co.za

 

 

 

Ways to get involved:

  • Financial donations
  • In-Kind donations
  • Volunteer time and/ or services
  • Sponsor a beneficiary
  • Host fundraising event on our behalf

Benefits:

  • Section 18A Tax Certificate  for tax benefits
  • BB-BEE Scorecard Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Vision is to give every homeless and destitute person a second chance in life.

We uplift individuals with encouragement, guide them with mentorship, increase their skills development and assist with job opportunities.

 

The Wellness Centre Trust
Newsletter

 

Letter from our Founder and CEO
With less than a month to go for Christmas, it feels as if 2017 was a flash! For some, a flash of lightning and they wish 2018 would come sooner, for others a flash of inspiration, new beginnings and exciting times.
For The Wellness Centre Trust, it has been a combination of the above. We have learnt so much this year through our success and failures. However, we are very excited to implement new strategies in 2018. We are continuously learning how to do what we do better and more effectively.“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry FordThe Wellness Centre Trust and our volunteers will be taking a well-deserved break from the middle of December and will be back in action from the middle ofJanuary.
I would like to thank each and every one of our supporters and to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.Keep smiling, keep shining and we will see you next year.

Warm regards,

Eloise



GREAT NEWS!

The Wellness Centre Trust is now successfully registered as a beneficiary of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Fundraising programme. You are now able to sign up for a card, and choose us as your beneficiary.

You can add The Wellness Centre Trust to your existing MySchool card, as you are able to have up to 3 beneficiaries.
Or if you don’t have a MySchool card yet, you can apply for one here: https://buff.ly/2yQCtrH


SUCCESS STORY!
Jerome, homeless and 25 years old, is one of our candidates who has shown us he is a hard-working and ambitious young man. A couple of weeks ago we asked for your help to fund Jerome’s dream, to become a licensed forklift driver. With his diploma, he will be able to apply for an official job position and hopefully earn a decent salary.
Thanks to the support of Floortje Vening and Martijn Tausch from the Trageschule The Netherlands, we were able to fund the 6-day training for Jerome plus accommodation with 3 meals a day!
Above is a picture of Jerome during his practice training that week.
We are delighted to announce that he passedwith 96% and we are currently looking into job opportunities for Jerome.


THE WELLNESS CENTRE TRUST CHRISTMAS LUNCH

On Sunday the 26th November The Wellness Centre Trust candidates and some of their children received a Christmas lunch and food parcels. These were donated by the Nelis van Dril Stichting from the Netherlands and their facilitator here in Durban, Liesbeth Nicolai. We would like to thank Liesbeth for her generosity. Everyone was so happy and thoroughly enjoyed their lunch and treats. A BIG THANK YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Honorary Dinner

The Wellness Centre Trust held an Honorary Dinner recently to Honor our loyal supporters and key partners. We would like to thank Greg and Sue Stevens from Immanuel Church Somerset Park, Andrew and Karen Donkin, Ray Bevan, Dimitra Nicolau and her team from Grace Aid and Edwin Briggeman from Briggeman Material Handling Solutions (Pty) Ltd. These wonderful people and organisations have consistently supported and assisted The Wellness Centre Trust for at least two years and some from inception.
We Honor you and Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE
FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Ways to get involved:

  • Financial donations
  • In-Kind donations
  • Volunteer time and / or services
  • Sponsor a beneficiary
  • Host a fundraising event on our behalf

Benefits:

  • Section 18A Tax Certificate  for tax benefits
  • BB-BEE Scorecard Points

Donations can be made to the following account:
Standard Bank
The Wellness Centre Trust
Durban North Branch
Account Number : 370424557
Swift Code: SBZA ZA JJ

Please email proof of payment to info@thewellnesscentretrust.co.za

We want to create a sense of identity and encourage the homeless and destitute to make smarter decisions through emotional support and life skills, and to develop them back into contributing members of society.


The Wellness Centre Trust
Newsletter

July – August 2017

Message from our CEO
Focus on your goal.
Don’t look in any direction but ahead!

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to keep focused and not be distracted with our surroundings. We witness first-hand the desperate needs of so many people. If we lost our focus we would be consumed by our compassion and be continually meeting everyone’s daily needs and not have the capacity to reach our vision and goal.
Our primary focus is to take an individual off the streets and into society on a sustainable level. Each person is different with different backgrounds and reasons as to why they are living on the street. We interview each person and strategize a plan which we can implement to help them back into society. This allows them eventually to be able to provide for themselves and their families. This requires a sharp focus on the individual in front of us.
I would like to encourage you to participate in our “Foster Programme” where you or your company can focus on an individual or family. The idea is to work with The Wellness Centre Trust, with a plan to assist these individuals off the streets and into their own homes. This will give them the opportunity to become valuable working contributors to society.

Eloise


MANDELA DAY – 18 JULY 2017
Nelson Mandela Day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a global call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them. The day hopes to inspire people to embrace the values that Mandela shared. These values include democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect.

This year we were blessed by two different organisations with donations and would just like to give special thanks to Shelley from 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day South Africa who donated beautiful handmade scarves for each individual as well as TFG Marketing & eCommerce who collected their second hand clothing for our clothing drive. All goods were handed out on the 23rd of July.


FOSTER PROGRAMME

A new initiative that we have recently started is the ‘Foster Programme’. This programme focusses on Individuals or Corporates who would choose an individual or family which they will then sponsor financially or with goods in kind. The Wellness Centre Trust will steward the items and or finances and send receipts and photos back to the sponsors.

This allows us to be more intentional and specific in helping people back into society. There will be a plan for the individual or family as we do not want to create a long term dependency rather a 6 month/12 month plan.

Here is a story of one such family receiving sponsorship and the change it has made in their lives:

Ntombi Mnikwa came to The Wellness centre Trust in 2015. She is an adult who never had a South African ID before. We sponsored a social worker to work with her to obtain the necessary documents and information to go to Home affairs and after 18 months the process was complete and she received her ID card. At that time she was jobless and staying in a shack with her partner who since then passed away. Her four children were staying in the Eastern Cape and were also living in terrible conditions. The Wellness Centre Trust then sponsored their transport and reunited them with their mom. None of the children had a birth certificate so The Wellness Centre trust then went through the process with her and after almost a year all four were able to have their birth certificates. This meant that now they could register with SASSA and this single mom was able to get a grant for each child. In the meantime Ntombi was able to get a domestic job but unfortunately still pays very little. Due to lack of funds and no birth certificates at the time the children did not go to school for an entire year last year. Now with their birth certificate’s and two financial sponsors who we call their “Foster Sponsors”, the children have been sponsored school uniforms, school fees, books, school lunches and even a fridge.

Their lives have significantly improved with the help of The Wellness Centre Trust and their Foster Sponsors. This is not the end for Ntombi, our intention is to “upskill” her so she can get a better job such as a caregiver and help her improve her English speaking ability.

 


ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY

Dumisani, 43 years old, has received his certificate in plumbing this year. With the help of the Wellness Centre Trust and 31 Club, he was able to attend a two week course at the PCD College in Pretoria. Dumisani has started working in plumbing at a very young age, so he did have the experience but he never had an official document to prove this. With his new diploma, he has been hired by a company to carry out the maintenance of an entire building. He is hoping to get offered a permanent job, so that he will be able to support his wife and 3 children, with job security.

Dumisani has been coming to the meetings of the Wellness Centre Trust for a long time. He says he sees us as his friends, his church and trustees. “They’re always there for me and helped me in so many ways.” Every Sunday, Dumisani plays his guitar and sings to give the other people in need, hope for a better future. He says it’s he’s only way of giving back to them, and to thank the Wellness Centre for what they have done for him. “I am so grateful.”

 


NOT ALL HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE ON DRUGS OR THUGS
The story of Qualen, 19 years of age:

Qualen, originally from Pietermaritzburg, left his parent’s home when he was 9 years old. He dropped out of school in standard 8. For the past 10 years he has been homeless. He tries to get temporary jobs, for example handing out pamphlets on the street, which pays R50 a day to be able to sleep in a shelter, which he says costs R25 a day. He therefore mostly sleeps on the streets, under a bridge next to the railway. When we asked him if he could go back to his family for support, he answered that he’d rather stay away from them as he’d had bad experiences with them during his childhood. It’s clear that he has no one to fall back on. 
Recently it was Qualen’s first time at the Sunday meeting of The Wellness Trust Centre. He says he enjoys the prayers and singing, it gives him strength and hope for the future. To be able to start applying for a steady job, he will need to get some sort of degree of certificate. Luckily, he already has an ID. He is eager to learn and seems motivated to make something of his life. He hasn’t lost hope but he does say it’s very hard to get a job but he tries to stay positive. Qualen was very happy and thankful that we spent the time to get to know him and that we’re trying to help him.


THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE
FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Ways to get involved:

  • Financial donations
  • In-Kind donations
  • Volunteer time and / or services
  • Sponsor a beneficiary
  • Host a fundraising event on our behalf

Benefits:

  • Section 18A Tax Certificate  for tax benefits
  • BB-BEE Scorecard Points

 

Donations can be made to the following account:
Standard Bank
The Wellness Centre Trust
Durban North Branch
Account Number : 370424557
Swift Code: SBZA ZA JJ

Please email proof of payment to info@thewellnesscentretrust.co.za