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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

July – August 2017

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


 

 

We want to create a sense of identity and encourage the homeless and destitute to make smarter decisions through emotional support and life skills.

The Wellness Centre Trust
Newsletter

 

May – June 2017

Message from our CEO

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

It Takes Time and Perseverance…

There are many inspirational people in the past that have encouraging stories which show me that I am not the only person who would like to microwave situations. It truly takes time and perseverance. Each individual we are faced with is a seed that needs to be planted, watered and nurtured. If we try to microwave our seeds we will have popcorn and not a harvest.

We are working with people that need someone to walk with them out of their situation of being homeless and destitute and into society. In order to do this, there are challenges which together we need to overcome.
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”.-
Albert Einstein

So the journey we are on is one that takes time and perseverance. As much as we would like to see every homeless and destitute person off the streets of Durban, living in their homes and generating their own sustainable income right now, we realise Rome was not built in a day. Saying this, we get to know these individuals better every day and are able to be the community they never had. This is very rewarding for all of us involved which helps us appreciate the time and perseverance.

 Eloise


WINTER BLANKET DRIVE SUCCESS!!

On the 21st of May we were blessed to be able to hand out blankets to the homeless. This was made possible by NYK Logistics and BLG SA (Pty) Ltd, who generously donated 90 blankets each. The management and staff of these two companies joined us on this special Sunday to assist. We are very grateful to these companies for assisting us in this urgent need and ensuring that 180 homeless people will be sleeping warm this winter season.

 


LETS MAKE SOME BREAD

Brad (one of our volunteers) is doing a series on making bread and how you can add value to something and sell it. This is a picture of the session that was had on the 4th June


SOME OF OUR AMAZING SUCCESS STORIES

Meet Maxwell (gentleman on the left). Both his parents passed away and he came to Durban in 2007. He came to The Wellness Centre Trust for assistance with his ID application. He is a social worker candidate as he is an adult and has never had an ID before. The process of acquiring his Identity Document is thus far longer and much more paperwork. However, in the interim Maxwell has an opportunity to expand his car washing services. The Wellness Centre Trust has sponsored a better quality car wash kit which enables him to provide a better service to his customers. Maxwell is so excited to expand his car cleaning business and is grateful to The Wellness Centre Trust for all the support.

‘Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.’
– Mother Teresa

The story of Sindiso Innocent Mbabe: “I was involved in a car accident on 12 April 2017 and lost part of my leg from the knee down. I was in hospital for 27 days. In the accident, I lost my Identity document so when I came out of hospital I had no means to take care of myself or to apply for a grant. I’d been attending The Wellness Centre Trust since 2015, so I knew I had a place to go to request help. I was assisted to apply for my new ID and Grant cards and received it in a very short time and I know that it can only be God’s hand working on my side. The volunteers are very helpful and dedicated and it only took me 15 days to get my ID and to apply for a grant. We can only thank Jesus for moving these people to take their time to help and assist other people.
I would like to encourage other people to really have faith in God and to know that the word an prayers we receive at TWCT really works.”



THE SAD AND HARD TRUTH ABOUT LIFE ON THE STREET

With the positive and uplifting stories, there are unfortunately a lot more sad and desperate ones of these individuals who find themselves living on the streets. These people are not fine just because they receive food from various organisations every week. They are robbed, beaten and abused!

One of the gentlemen Eloise had to console and council tried to commit suicide twice in one week because his wife took their kids and left him as he has no job and cannot support them. He was completely broken as he did not know where his family was.
Another individual that two of our volunteer counselors spoke to, told them that he eats toilet paper mixed with water and a bit of sugar to help him stay full for up to two days…

These are the type of heartbreaking stories that we hear every week and this is why we will persevere in what we do and why we also desperately need the assistance of the public to be able to do what we do.


THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE
FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


CURRENT NEEDS:
Oros
polystyrene cups
Pens
Food items towards the meals such as: Samp, chicken, beef, vegetables, rice
Plastic spoons, plastic forks


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