Elethu Cheshire Home in Daveyton is looking for volunteers who can teach their residents skills such as knitting, drawing, painting and beadwork.
Antoinette Muswera, who’s a social worker at the home, said they always need people who can come in at least twice a week to do exercises with the residents.
“We also welcome volunteers who wish to spend time with the residents as some of them don’t have families that visit them,” said Muswera.
“Most families abandon people with a disability forgetting that they are also human beings who need to be treated with love, respect and patience.”
The Daveyton home was founded in 1991 with the mission to assist people with disabilities throughout Ekurhuleni regardless of their colour, race or creed, by providing the necessary needs for their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Muswera said they believe that each person, whatever his or her disability, is a uniquely valuable individual and that people with disabilities should have the personal freedom to pursue their aspirations and take their own place in the world.
The home accommodates 19 residents from the age of 18 to 55 years old.
Gladys Mofokeng, who has been staying at the home for 15 years, said she loves how she’s being treated with love and respect at the home.
“Before I came to the Elethu Cheshire Home things were not easy at home because they didn’t treat me well and even now my family doesn’t visit, but luckily I have a daughter who takes time out of her busy schedule to visit me,” said Mofokeng.
“It is important for families to visit their loved ones as it gives us joy knowing that there are people who care.”
Elethu Cheshire Home manager Sindile Makhu said the home is supported by the Department of Social Development.
However, they do welcome donations of food, clothes, paint, knitting material, beads or drawing equipment.
For information about the home contact them on 011 424 7050 or email [email protected]
Another home for the disabled in Benoni is Robmen House in Northmead, which falls under the Manger Care Centre. It was established in 1985 to give care and attention to physically and mentally challenged people.
This home caters for 18 elders and disabled people who are unable to afford care in a private facility.
Funding is a constant challenge to all non-profit organisations, with Robmen House being no different.
You can support their charity shop by purchasing items or donating your unwanted goods.
You can contact the Robmen House on 011 747 8700.
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