Help needed for work­ing farm re­hab cen­tre re­cently gut­ted by fire

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

Cross­roads in Salem is not a re­hab cen­tre but ac­tu­ally a work­ing farm where peo­ple can find sup­port to help them over­come their ad­dic­tions, and pro­vides a safe haven for those in need of pro­tec­tion.

The farm has a work­ing nurs­ery, where res­i­dents plant seedlings and look af­ter the plants.

This is Cross­roads’ only form of in­come as the NGO is not sub­sidised by govern­ment and re­lies on the sale of plants and dona­tions from the pub­lic in or­der to stay afloat.

Of the 27 peo­ple stay­ing at the farm, many are home­less but some are there for their own safety and to help them avoid slip­ping back into their old habits.

Re­cently, the farm was gut­ted by fire which melted the wa­ter pipes and dam­aged the wa­ter pump.

The Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity brought wa­ter to the farm, not just for drink­ing and wash­ing, but to save the hun­dreds of plants grow­ing there.

The home is slowly fix­ing the farm­house and the out­build­ings, where some of the res­i­dents have rooms.

The home needs more fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance or new wa­ter pipes and some build­ing ma­te­ri­als. It is nearly Christ­mas and, should the farm have to close, many res­i­dents will have nowhere to go.

Last year, spon­sors helped set up a Christ­mas lunch for the res­i­dents by send­ing gro­ceries and meat for a braai.

If you are able to as­sist, please e-mail Talk of the Town and we will put you in con­tact with Cross­roads.

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