create community and not mere charity
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52 Fraser Street, Howick, 3290
Mon – Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ds. Willie van Zyl
083 306 8448
For more info
Marieta van Schalkwyk
073 493 6381
The Church became increasingly aware of a need among the elderly in Howick and that is why we consulted with similar projects in order to create a space unique to the needs of Howick.
Our vision with this house is to create a space where elderly persons, who are reliant on a government pension, can live at a low cost and also gain a new sense of worth within a community. The aim is to create community and not mere charity.
The home is focused on a specific group of persons in need – A senior citizen who does not have a strong familial or other support network and relies on a state pension or other limited income.
The house is primarily for elderly ladies.
Our residents are independent in the sense that they can take care of their daily needs in and around the house this includes cooking, laundry and self-care. They do not need any medical assistance on a daily basis. Specialised Medical and/or care services are not part of this program.
INVOLVEMENT IN THE CHURCH
The main aim is to empower the residents. This can be in the form of Bible studies, arts and crafts workshops, involving them in church activities e.g. Fete, conferences (for catering) etc. One of our residents is involved at the NG Church and she is very active in church activities. The church members are also involved in her daily life, they support her by taking her to town and making sure she has the means to attend different church events.
The church is also in the process of building a network of partners – with Hospice, Helping Hands and other homes (e.g. NCVV, Jan Richter in Pietermaritzburg) and frail care facilities where residents who need extra care at a later stage, can be placed.
Financially we need support from the individual churches and the public to cover the monthly living costs of our residents.
Volunteers who would like to help out in and around the house, take the residents for shopping or just spend some time with them at the house, are always welcome.