Where do we work and what services do we offer?
The Catherine Robson Child and Youth Care Centre is situated in 1 Joubert Street in the inner city of Vereeniging. This home that belongs to the NG Church was established during the 1950s to take in children in need of care and to take care of them.
The Children’s Home provides a home for approximately 76 children between ages 4 and 17 years. The centre has a separate Infants Home where 12 infants between ages 4 and 8 years are taken care of. The children link with local schools such as the Laerskool Handhawer, Hoërskool Gimnasium, Eureka and Krugerlaan School.
The children’s normal needs are provided for, namely clothing, well-balanced meals, warm beds and recreation facilities such as television, a swimming pool and a well-equipped playground. Spiritually the children are encouraged to maintain a personal trusting relationship with the Lord Jesus. Group work and personal discussions are presented with the children by the social worker to address the heartache of the past and acquire new life skills.
All the children in the children’s home are assigned to the care of the Children’s Home by means of a court order, amongst others due to poverty at their parental home, child neglect and maltreatment, death of parents and inability of parents to fulfill their obligations towards their children.
The 23 members of staff constantly strive to create a normal homely warm and loving environment for the children so that they can develop into balanced young adults. The staff attempt to create a feeling of self-worth and pride in spite of the negative backgrounds.
Several congregations, individuals and businesses of the community are proud to be associated with the Children’s Home. Interested new friends of the Children’s Home are invited to visit us and become involved in this beautiful institution of the community. The need for especially weekend and holiday parents is always huge; hence the invitation to become involved and to make a difference in a child’s life.
1 Joubert Street
PO Box 496
Tel: 016 455 1733