Help needed for working farm rehab centre recently gutted by fire
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.