Month: September 2012

 

 

 

After a six year process, Living Hope has earned a two-year COHSASA accreditation. The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) assists a range of healthcare facilities in Southern Africa to meet and maintain quality standards.

“This is an extensive audit of the entire organization, its structure, governance, systems, procedures and policies.   It focuses on all things medical and is a survey and audit of our entire medical processes, practices, policies and procedures,” explains Living Hope founder and chairman of the Board,” John Thomas.

“It brings the highest possible level of credibility to the organisation.  We hope that this will lead to possible ’twinning’ with other Health Care organisations across the world,” said Thomas.

Peter Hawksley, General Manager of Operations, agrees, “It legitimizes the organization as a Palliative Care organization. It focuses on the care side, but definitely, there’s a spillover into other areas. This has helped Living Hope spearhead its quality care programs in all ministries.”

The accreditation application began under the late Prof. Barbara Robertson (first Manager of Living Hope and Sr. Rene Bates.  Former Living Care General Manager Leigh Snyman drove the accreditation process involving the Heath Care Centre, Home Based Care and Community Care Workers. The medical work was carried on by the various managers of Living Care and the trustees, who worked hard to ensure all the governance policies and structures were in place, explained Thomas.

Additionally, Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) mentored and supported Living Hope staff throughout the entire accreditation process.  “We would not have this accreditation without HPCA, no doubt about it,” said Hawksley.

Living Hope also recently earned quality accreditation in their Worker Readiness training (SETA) and working with international Child Protection agency, VIVA.

Living Hope is grateful to the staff and Trustees who worked diligently to achieve this high level of accreditation.

 

 

 

 

 

John Thomas, our founder and current chairman, has been in the USA for the past week visiting with partner churches and speaking at various meetings. He is currently in Washington DC and is meeting with 2 US Congressman and 2 US Senators regarding continued funding for Living Hope.

We are so thankful to the Lord for the doors He opens and for His constant provision to Living Hope and thank you to all our wonderful friends for your continued partnership and prayers.

(see here, John Thomas with US Congressman, Hal Rogers, Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee)

Over the years many volunteers and teams have asked about Living Hope clothing. We are pleased to announce that we now have an online store! When purchasing our products, you are supporting our ministry. Thank you!

We have branded clothing, a wonderful coffee table book and CD which features the Masi choir with Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Jars of Clay.

All products are shipped from Atlanta in the USA.

Order HERE.

Living Grace Recovery Programme is a place of refuge, restoration and recovery for people who have been cast aside by society. People branded as hopeless, dangerous and to be avoided at all cost. This includes their families who have rejected them. The reason for this rejection is that they are addicted to alcohol and, or drugs.

It is easy to focus on the negative side of their conduct and to stigmatise their lifestyle without a second thought as to the road that brought them into ’ your space’ be it begging at the traffic lights or knocking on your door trying to sell you something. Briefly let me tell you about Alfie and his story is very typically a story of a Cape Flats addict. (His name has been changed for obvious reasons)

Alfie was born to a lady of the night – a street hooker. He never knew his father and his mother couldn’t tell who his father might have been as she had many clients in her sojourn in Military Rd, where she conducted her business every night for many years. Alfie’s mother died of AIDS when he was 4yrs old and he went to live with his granny. He remembers granny with great fondness but at age 7 granny died and Alfie is taken in by an aunt (but he is not sure she is a real aunt). Life took a turn for the worst and from age 7 where he has experienced every kind of verbal, emotional and physical abuse imaginable. He very rarely went to school because he was always dirty and always tired as he had to sleep on the veranda with the dogs. Only auntie’s real children could sleep in the house. He realises now that auntie only wanted his “all pay” child grant and did not care about him.

At age 10 he found acceptance with small street gang that committed petty crime in the local area and soon became a street kid living by his wits. He learned to beg, to fight, to overcome being cold by sniffing glue which made him numb. At 13 he had a considerable petty criminal record and was sent to an institution for corrective behaviour. He managed to run away from this institution after two years and joined a street gang selling and taking drugs. From the age of 17 to 23 he has been in an out of Polsmoor Prison three times. The tattoos on his hands and neck clear evidence of his story.

Here Alfie sits asking me to help him change from a life style of destruction and chaos to something better. He says he met a man who lives in Retreat, who told him that Living Grace Recovery Programme changed his life and he wants that too. “Please sir, will you help me too”?

It is at times like this that I just quietly praise the Lord for making this programme possible for all the Alfies of this world. As I look into this 23 year old face (he looks like 43) I see the scars of many knife fights on the street and the broken nose when he was thrown off a moving train by a rival gang. But as I look into his eyes soft brown and pleading I realise that Alfie has a tough challenge ahead in order to change.  Not only does he have to deal with old addictive habits and behaviours but he also needs to do much to catch up educationally and emotionally. You see, Alfie is only barely literate and due to the impact of years of drug taking he has great difficulty coping with short term memory issues.  In addition he has never had any decent role models in his life and will need a caring support group to make up for lack of family.

I thank God that there is a Living Grace Recovery Programme for broken, destitute, seeking people like Alfie where he will find help, hope and healing through Jesus Christ. He will discover a support group that cares. We are delighted to report that there are many who have returned to living changed lives, reunited with family through the services of Living Grace Recovery Programme .

-written by Peter Lovick, General Manager at Living Grace

Over the years many volunteers and teams have asked about Living Hope clothing. We are pleased to announce that we now have an online store! When purchasing our products, you are supporting our ministry. Thank you!

We have branded clothing, a wonderful coffee table book and CD which features the Masi choir with Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Jars of Clay.

All products are shipped from Atlanta in the USA.

For more information and to order click the link below:

http://www.livinghope.co.za/store/