WELCOME TO MES PORT ELIZABETH
MES Port Elizabeth was established in 2008. Our main goal is to establish two core services offered by MES in Port Elizabeth, namely a Residential Care and Skills Development Programme for homeless and unemployed clients. MES Port Elizabeth delivers services to ensure that the MES model of holistic development is implemented and is able to assist each client towards a sustainable exit from the programme.
MES purchased the Diacios Building on 1 Hiles Street in Korsten (Port Elizabeth shelter) in June 2008 with bridging finance provided by the Christian Development Trust (CDT). The Eastern Cape Housing Department awarded MES a capital subsidy to finance the purchase and renovation of the shelter facility in December 2011. The subsidy agreement is to provide a 120-bed shelter facility for vulnerable and homeless individuals. The bridging finance loan from CDT for the purchase has been settled with the first deposit that was received in March 2012.
OUR PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES
We strive to change the heart of Port Elizabeth by empowering homeless and unemployed individuals holistically to live independent, sustainable and meaningful lives by:
- Providing a caring and safe environment, that minimises trauma and maximises developmental opportunities and promotes wellness for homeless people and children in need.
- Ensuring a sustainable exit by capacity building and supporting individuals and families to develop to their maximum potential through therapeutic interventions and skills training.
- Enrolling individuals in developmental programmes through effective and sustainable management of programmes and assets.
- Utilising the soup kitchen programmes as an entry point into the community, which leads to the enrolment of individuals in the developmental programmes.
- Building capacity and assisting parents and children to develop to their maximum potential, through educational and behavioural modification programmes.
MES Port Elizabeth follows a holistic approach along with its skills development programmes that address the individual’s emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Interventions addressing all these factors are combined in a comprehensive support programme that assists and supports individuals to generate the necessary internal determination to change their circumstances.
POVERTY ALLEVIATION, SPIRITUAL AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT SERVICES
MES KITCHEN (FOOD SECURITY)• In 2014/2015 the MES Kitchen provided 64 095 meals. • We provided 1 222 beds and shower facilities to 778 men and 444 women. • 947 people received clothing and 916 people received toiletries.
OUTREACH PROGRAMME (STREET OUTREACHES)• The programme provided soup to 45 children in red locations, two times a week. • It provides soup and bread to 80 people per week at the Provincial Hospital in conjunction with NMMU Law Faculty. • It provides soup to homeless/street people at a soup kitchen in central Port Elizabeth in conjunction with the CMR ... Read More
STUDY PROGRAMMEThis programme provides homework, study support and a meal to 15 primary school learners from poor and disadvantaged families daily – after school care.
SHELTERThe shelter accommodates an average of 85 homeless people per night.
HELPDESKThe Helpdesk screens approximately 15 clients per month.
CLOTHING BANKThe Clothing Bank provides clothing to poor and needy people and also supports other NGOs in this regard.
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENTThe Spiritual Enrichment Programme encourages our clients on their spiritual journeys and is integrated with all the other MES programmes ... Read More
EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
PROGRAMMES• Soft Skills Training Programme• Vocational Skills Programme• Job Placement And Support Programme• Resource Centre• Job Creation Programme (artwork project and taxi washing)• Affordable accommodation partnerships/resources ... Read More
PROFESSIONAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK SERVICES
PROGRAMMES• Social work assessment and IDP: Average of 15 clients per month• 20 residential care beds for the elderly• Substance Abuse Support Programme (once a week)• Spiritual Mentoring Programme (twice a week) ... Read More
PROCESS FLOW CHART OF BRANCH
THE MES PORT ELIZABETH TEAM
o Toilet paper
o Plates and mugs
o Small towels
o Vehicle (minibus)
ACTIVATE YOUR HEART
You can make a difference by lending a hand:
o At our soup kitchens
o With food preparation
o With skills tutoring
o With occupational therapy and arts and crafts