When and where do we meet? On the last Thursday of each month at 15h00 in Wesley Hall
What time commitment is needed? Varies to your commitment
Objective/Aim/Goal: There is a big problem in Heidelberg with people who are addicted to either drugs or alcohol.
In May 2007 the Heidelberg Methodist Church, through Indawo Yosizo, started an outreach to help people who are struggling with addictions. While this is an outreach initiated by and based on Christian principles, it was always the aim of this outreach to involve the whole community and to help anyone (no matter what their religious orientation) who are struggling with addictions. Further to this, an invitation was extended to all the churches to become involved.
What we do: With this in mind Potter’s Wheel Kibbutz was started. The reason that it is called a Kibbutz is that it is our aim to build a centre that can be a home for those struggling with addiction. This “home” will be run on a Kibbutz basis. A further vision is to have a separate building that can be used as a place of safety to the abused women and children in our community.
Within a very short period of time we had a fair number of people joining the program. At this time we make use of Kibbutz and rehabilitation centres in other parts of South Africa. To date we have had 49 people come through our program with a success rate of just under 40%. Our success rate is based on people who have moved off of being totally addicted. There are times when some of these folk “slip back” and take drugs/alcohol for a “one night experience” but they normally come back onto the program and we persevere to try and get them to be totally addiction free.
Our program consists of four events per week. Any person coming onto the program is expected to come to Church (remember that this is a Christian based program) at least once a Sunday, join a cell group that meets once a week, come to our healing service once a week on a Wednesday evening and then see Ray (or another counselor) for a session once a week.
Further to this we have a group of rehabilitated addicts who are available to share with any person struggling with cravings. It is critical that the struggling addict can speak to someone who has experienced what he or she is going through.
We have recently been blessed with a piece of ground donated by Ernest and Hanlie Boy. Once we get the go-ahead from the municipality we will start to look for funds to start the building. It is our intention to use a group of rehabilitating addicts to help build the Kibbutz.
Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Cherry Ross)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall