Halfway House

“Teach me how to live, O Lord, lead me along the straight path.”Psalm 27:11Sobriety was not just about drugs and alcohol, I had to detox from anger, fear, resentment and hate.’’Sarah Ann, Truth without limits.

Indeed recovery is about a new life, free of substance use and we at the Haven of Rest Halfway House are privileged to be assisting individuals in building their new lives, in a supportive, caring and drug free environment.  This is a life with much insight into recovery, opportunity, knowledge and skills.

The Haven of Rest Halfway House receives individual’s once they have completed a rehabilitation programme with detox treatment at a registered treatment facility. The Halfway House focuses on aftercare and reintegration of the recovering individual, which is a critical step after treatment.  The aftercare programme helps to develop recovering individuals into their full potential with knowledge, tools, and coping mechanisms’ to sustain their recovery and maintain a healthy drug free lifestyle. The programme is well structured and is based on individual plans and programmes’ that include, health, family, life skills, sport and recreation, relapse prevention, drug prevention programmes, aftercare and reintegration. The reintegration programme identifies resources and services’ within the family, and community and then helps with the smooth transition of the individual back into society, family, work and community.

Drug prevention programmes are conducted at schools, organisations, local libraries and senior citizen clubs’, which include awareness talks, video presentations, pamphlet distributions, assembly programmes and anti-drug placard demonstrations’. These programmes are also conducted in partnership with the relevant stakeholders of our community.

From October 2017 to August 2019, 156 individuals have been admitted and have completed a programme with a duration of 1 to 6 months.

Awareness Programmes:

Year Programme Target Group Number Reached
2018 Drug Awareness Programmes 18 years and younger 675 individuals
    19 years and older 850 individuals
2019 Drug Awareness Programmes 18 years and younger  
      1400 individuals

Programmes/ Meetings included:

Monthly Quarterly Annually
Operation Sukuma Sake [OSS Meetings] Financial Planning Sessions Open Day
Wards  58, 60, 61, 62 District Anti-substance Abuse forum meetings June  
 Family Support Programmes           Drug Prevention programmes International Day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking
Local Drug Action Committee Meetings/programmes    
Aftercare programmes    
Non-Financial Data[NFD] Meetings and verification    

Training/Workshops included:

Training/workshop Date
NPO Summit 12/04/18
NPO Good Governance Summit 24 -26/04/18
Social Behaviour Change training 12/07/18
Grief and HIV/Aids Training 05/07/18
Aftercare and reintegration workshop 20/03/19
Project Management Training 04/03/19
Intergenerational dialogue 28/03/19
Ke-Moja Training 09-12/09/19

Our staff, volunteers and service users are actively involved in all prevention programmes, as well as aftercare support programmes.

This programme is only made possible through the trained and dedicated staff which comprises of Shushie Govender (Director/Social Worker), Thandeka Thusi (Social Auxiliary worker), Pastor Vassie Naidoo (Finance), Charlene Ramnarain (Administration), Nomsa Gule (Nurse), Pastor Jeff Govender, Zoleka Vukeka and Syleshni Pillay (Care staff), Fisani Mdletshe (Cleaner) and voluntary staff, Victor and Selvie Paul (Spiritual), Leighash Govender (NA meetings), Crystabel Naidoo (Psychologist), Vinotha Padayachee (Health), Shubnum Bux (Financial Planning). On behalf of the ex-service users, current service users, volunteers and staff we want to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the Haven of Rest and CEO Pastor Ronnie Naidoo particularly for his vision, love and passion in building and transforming lives.

Shushie Govender


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