“Teach me how to live, O Lord, lead me along the straight path.”Psalm 27:11 “Sobriety 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.
|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|
Programmes/ Meetings included:
|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|
|Non-Financial Data[NFD] Meetings and verification|
|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|
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). We want to make special mention of Charlene Ramnarain whose role was Administrator of The Halfway House for many years, we want to acknowledge her for her services toward the Haven of Rest. 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.