Pathways thanks Tierpoort community for support Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:38
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Bev Vivier from Tierpoort wrote to us saying that, on behalf of Pathways Residence, she would like to thank the Tierpoort community for their continued support.

Bev Vivier

We all love reading our Bronberger and it would be wonderful for our community to receive our thanks and acknowledgement when they next pick up their Bronberger.

Charmaine Smith and her fellow board members of Laerskool Witpoort sponsored Pathways Residence youngsters and their staff to attend the school’s Biltongfees on Saturday 7 May so that they could see The Campbell brothers, Tony and Harry, live.

The youngsters will be singing and talking Campbells for a long time to come. We would like to thank Charmaine and Witpoort for their generosity.

Seated from left to right: Kelly Vivier and Martina Steenkamp. Behind them are Gerda and Sarel Venter and Lindewe Mukansi

Pathways Residence and Residence At Work are part of the Bronberg community. Both the residence and workshop are on plot 176 Nkwe Road, Tierpoort.

My husband and I donated one hectare of our plot to Pathways Residence, an NPO company we as parents formed in 2008. Together with our daughter Kelly there are eight other differently-abled young adults living at the residence with the support of their housemother, Henriehette Brits, and three facilitators.

The residence has been open since 30 June 2012, and the workshop opened its doors in October 2015.
Initially, Residence At Work was supported by members of our Tierpoort community, who gave of their time and skills free of charge. In January 2016 we employed Erika Louw, also a fellow Tierpoort resident, to manage the workshop. Erika has taught the youngsters many different skills, such as mosaic, making fridge magnets and baking cookies.

Residents and staff from the Tierpoort-based Pathways at the Laerskool Witpoort Biltongfees

Gitta Theron, another Tierpoort resident who teaches pottery, has taught our youngsters how to create the most amazing pieces of pottery. Every Friday Gitta and one of her students, Ginny Young, give their time to help the youngsters with pottery making.

Our daughter Kelly works her own small business, Kelly's Tubbies, out of the workshop. Together with her support team, she cooks and freezes tubs of vegetables, which are purchased by nursery schools and a butchery in Pretoria east. Martina, another challenged young lady from our community, has joined Kelly’s business.

Apart from the nine residents working at the workshop, there are three other challenged young people who come to work there too. The word is getting out about the creative, meaningful arts and crafts they produce, and now there are another two young adults who would like to join Residence At Work.

The banner reads: ‘Pathways Residence: From institutionalisation to inclusion’

When our workshop furniture needed repair – who came along to help? Again a fellow Tierpoort resident. Trevor Smith of FullStop Kitchens has donated his labour and charged us very little for material.

We would like to thank all these people publically in The Bronberger magazine.


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