Inner Peace New Hope SA : Observatory

Obs1 225x300 - Inner Peace New Hope SA : ObservatoryInner Peace, after a long and successful collaboration with New Hope SA to provide rehabilitation to the homeless, have partnered together for a new project: Inner Peace New Hope, based in Observatory, Cape Town. This project will provide an extension of the primary Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation offered at our primary facility in Fraserburg. This will insure that people have time and support, while integrating back into their families, society and work, while learning to manage their Substance Use Disorder (Addiction, Dual Disorder or Homelessness).

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Without the joint support, and call for volunteers, the face-lift and renovations of the new project would not have been able to take place. This project, is the culmination of a dream for both organisations to care for the most vulnerable people in society, and bring human dignity and self-worth back to those who have had it stripped from them. New Hope SA, and their team of volunteers, are an integral component of ensuring that people who come to the home will be supported and empowered to achieve their purpose and meaning in life. For more information about the link between: Homelessness and Substance Use, visit the Homeless Hub website.

New Recreation Centre taking shape

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Inside the current Recreation Centre, that is having a face lift

When it comes to physical activity and recreation, Inner Peace has always been committed to making sure this can happen. As part of this, we have worked with the Local Government, and been the stewards of the community Tennis Courts and Club. This has allowed us to enjoy endless practice and many fun-filled tournaments. On top of this, the linked sporting facilities have granted us the ability to always have a cricket team, that maintains the position of local champions against the Fraserburg SAPS. These are always hard-fought battles, and always well attended by the community.

 

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Our new entrance under renovation

The benefits of engaging in these sports and physical activity, have created major changes for our residents, but also for the Fraserburg community. The science has always backed the importance of engaging in physical activity to promote health, but it is also shown to have major benefits in supporting those who are trying to recover from addictions or substance use disorders. Activities such as: weight lifting, yoga, meditation and other physical activity have shown to significantly support healing.

 

Taking this into account, Inner Peace has searched for how it can create a recreation centre, where weight lifting, yoga and meditation can occur (along with other physical activities). As part of this drive, we have started renovating a building, that will be a site for healing, and allowing people to refocus and renew themselves. Finding joy in exercise, ad connecting with their physical bodies. Rebuilding an identity and belief in self again.

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Every gym needs a wall of mirrors!

We are hoping to gain support, through donations of equipment and material to help us finish this centre. We are needing:

Rubber floor mats to protect the cement flooring

Weights

Dumbells

Barbells

Weight machine

Rowing Machines

Treadmills

Stationary bicycles

Yoga mats

V-balls

Miscellaneous gym equipment

We appreciate all the support you can give us, so we can continue to help those in need!

 

Gratitude for Community Support and Donations

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We are so grateful to @Core_Catering for the gracious support to our non-profit organisation Inner Peace.  Our addiction rehabilitation centre, Inner Peace Addiction Treatment Centre, could not do what it needs to do without various organisations or individuals support. Core Catering, with Ravie at the Tygervalley Store, have been instrumental in assisting us in being able to feed and cater to all the residents whom we assist.

It is the small things in life that really matter! We don’t take notice of the small gestures that can change peoples lives. For us, and those who come to us for support in managing the substance use disorders, the ability to live as a family and find dignity as a human being matters! Each gift, no matter how insignificant, really can change a human beings life. And we are always finding such amazing individuals and organisations, who take time out to help and support. We cannot do this alone, and we thank you, each and every person who helps – with kind words or simple acts of kindness, financial donations etc.

When I look at the support we have, we need to thank the following organisations and individuals as well:

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Google Adwords

We are so blessed to have Funding from Google, and their Google Adwords Programme. It is the most powerful display of support by Big Technology, in supporting the work of non-profits like ourselves, in being able to connect with those who need our assistance.

 

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Fraserburg Landboukooperasie Bpk Support

Another important support is the Fraserburg Landboukooperasie Bpk and its team, who have supported us in a variety of projects over the past two years. Their partnership has allowed the Fraserburg Community to enjoy the use of the revitalised Municipal Tennis Courts and so much more. We continue looking forward to our continued relationship and seeing the change within Fraserburg, as well as the people who can to Inner Peace for support.

The Hoogland Municipality has always embraced Inner Peace and welcomed us. Their continuing support is helping not only our organisation to grow, but to allow us to provide support to the community, through various projects. The integration of our centre with the Fraserburg

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Karoo Hoogland Muncipality Support

Community is a key component to the healing of those who come to us, and the establishment of a vibrant Fraserburg.

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NG Kerk Fraserburg Partnership

If not for the Fraserburg NG Church, Inner Peace, would not be where it is today! The church community has embraced Inner Peace and who all stay within its walls, making Fraserburg a welcoming sanctuary, and a place of finding spiritual renewal. It provides a space and place of worship for those who so wish, or a voice of spreading love and care for those who are suffering from Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and other addictions (or other mental health conditions).

We have also been embraced by the local branch of the Department of Social Development,

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Support from the Department of Social Development – Northern Cape

but by the district and provincial levels of DSD. The journey has been one of solid communication, and the excitement of the future potential partnership projects is something that all of us at Inner Peace are excited to engage with.

When it comes to ensuring the well being of our clients, we cannot thank VitaCare Pharmacy Plattekloof enough. The team has been a pillar of strength and efficiency. I could go on, however, this post would be endless….so for now, I would like to give a shout out from us to say thank you, and send many blessings to all above and those not yet names! Please continue you good work, an being humanitarians in supporting change in this world!

 

Evidence Based Practices in Promoting Recovery and Reducing Recidivism

When it comes to looking at #treatment of #substanceusedisorders (SUDs) or #addiction Inner Peace believes in the use of  Evidence Based Interventions and Practices to promote #recovery. However, we also believe in addressing the whole person, and that means ensuring that the programmes and practices used, must be proven scientifically to have evidence to achieve what they are designed to – in addressing the different aspects of a person. As is the example with Moral Reconation Therapy or #MRT which promotes recovery and also reduces #recidivism, while also promoting pro-social behaviour.

You couldn’t ask for a better programme, than MRT, if it can address more than just the #SUD, but other potential challenges a person may be having.

Community Engagement and Healing

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Peaceful treatment environment for addiction – in the cold Karoo winter

Last week, Inner Peace had an amazing week! It was a week of:

  • Community engagement
  • Communion
  • Self-Reflection
  • Volunteerism
  • Prayer
  • Hiking
  • And good old fun
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The A2J Team Community Outreach Mission in Fraserburg

So let me start at the beginning…where every good tale short start. On Monday, the week start with a visit from a select few of the A2J Team (those #addicted to #jesus) who came to commune with us (those of us who are learning to manage our #substanceusedisorder or #addiction), sharing Cappuccino Sachets and Rusks (these were gratefully received as it was rather cold – considering that it is Winter in Fraserburg, where the temperature lately has been under 0 degrees Celsius every night!). This was followed by spending time getting to know each other.

The daily coming together of the Inner Peace community and outreach volunteers from A2J, really build a spirit of camaraderie and self healing. It allowed for exchanges in perceptions and experiences, through the sharing of stories, hopes and dreams – and of course a little prayer. Not only were we all blessed by the visit, but daily we were gifted with donations daily. With each days passing, it became more a coming together of a family, then of two different communities meeting together.

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Pilgrimage of Inner Peace and A2J members

One of the highlights, was an opportunity to be self-reflective during a pilgrimage through the Karoo. Each person got to hike, and leave their rock at the top of the mountain, allowing for change to occur within. This was a spiritual and psychological renewal. Seeing the wide open spaces of the Karoo, with the crumbling mounds and boulders from the debris of ancient volcanoes. It is humbling to be able to stand and see the endless vast beauty surrounding oneself.

No sooner had we hiked back down, and bussed back to Fraserburg, and we were all gathered again for a real #Karoo Lamb Potjie! For the vegetarians, we were spoiled with a vegetarian casserole. It was a night of fun and communion, a time out to just talk, have fun and enjoy the traditional food of the Karoo.

For the next two days we all enjoyed the ability of #volunteering and #payingitforward by assisting in painting the local community church. This was such an amazing two days, that really brought out the servant heart within each of us, as we were humbled by all that we saw and experienced.

We know, we are forever blessed and touched…an are #grateful for our extended family #A2J coming and being part of our journey in life!