Deo Juvante Youth Care Centre is the result of the process of decentralization and transformation of the child and youth care system within the Free State. The building was once the house of the Manager of “Ons Kinderhuis” in Bloemfontein. Simply a few alterations were necessary to transform this house into a youth care centre suitable for 12 children. There was a need for a youth care centre in the Bloemfontein region where the every day language will be English. The management committee was represented by the surrounding community. The first meeting was held on 21 October 2004. The first chairperson was Mr. Jan van der Merwe, the local representative of the municipality. The name of the youth care centre means “with the help of God”.
Number of children in need of care in the youth care centre:
The youth care centre is registered to accommodate 12 children at any present time. At present there are female and male children in the youth care centre. The children are represented by the coloured, black and white communities. They attend different schools within the community. It differs from main stream education to special needs education. They attend the following schools namely: Jim Fouché Primary School, Martie du Plessis School, Jim Fouché High School, Lettie Fouché School and HTS.
Services rendered by the youth care centre to the children of the centre:
The youth care centre make use of the services of a social worker. She has two therapeutic sessions with each child every quarter as well as grouptherapy sessions.
When a child is admitted to the centre a multi therapeutic team meeting is held to draw up an Individual Developmental Plan and Care Plan for each child. This plan helps the people involved with the child to know who will render which services to the child concerned. It also helps to co-ordinate the services.
The social worker and the child and youth care worker often have discussions about the child – in this way they work together as a team.
Annually a multi therapeutic team meeting is held to evaluate the achievements and to plan ahead.
The social worker co-ordinates the services and makes the necessary arrangements for the child if necessary to receive specialised therapy, for instance psychological, occupational, psychiatric, medical, neurological and spiritual.
The social workers also arranges for weekend and holiday leave to the child’s parents or host families.
The management and the child and youth care worker ensures that the child’s basic needs are met by making sure he/she has a safe house, food, clothes and education.
Services rendered by the child and youth care centre to the children within the community:
The youth care centre reaches out to the children in the community by giving some of the products which they can not use or is too much for them. The children also pay visits to the residents of Sunflower House (aids orphans) and the ''Blou gang'' of Westerbloem Old Age Home.
Outstanding trademarks of the centre:
The youth care centre’s name means: “With God’s Help”. This youth care centre can confess that God has always provided in all their needs. It is difficult to identify specific persons, who help the youth care centre, but the Afrikaans Baptist Church contributes immensely to the center's financial and spiritual care. Ruwacon is very involved in sponsering yearly sea-holidays for the children. Setta Spies deserves being mentioned, as she is very much involved with the children's birthdays.
Elmarie Schmidt and her women's group, Women Who Believe, is very involved during school holidays.
Possible ways how the community can get involved and help the centre:
- Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. You can contribute in one of the following ways:
- Donations of clothes for the children.
- Literacy material like old books, magazines.
- Games like puzzles, board games – anything with which the children can amuse themselves.
- Swings, sand-pit, trampoline etc.
- There is a great need for activities and funds to be utilised during holiday times since a growing number of children stay in the youth care centre for holidays. Cash donations are also welcome. This money will be used to enhance the budget and to buy necessary goods.
- Sponsor a child’s school necessities and toiletries.
- Sponsor a child’s therapy at a professional therapist.
- Sponsor a child to study at a technical collage, or any accredited institution.
- Sponsor a child that needs specialised medical attention like orthodontics and spectacles.
- Any in kind donations are welcome.
- Assistance with the upgrade of the youth care centre by your knowledge, financial or physical help.
Professional people can also get involved with the youth care centre by donating their time to the youth care centre. They can get involved in the following manner:
- Hosting of children for weekends and holidays – the people must first be screened by a minister of a church and a social worker.
- To be a relieve child and youth care worker when the child and youth care worker attends educational courses.
- To render free medical and dental services, or occupational- or emotional therapy.
Motivation of the community to get involved:
If you choose to get involved at the youth care centre you will experience the blessings of thankful and happy children faces. You will have the opportunity to experience the practical difference you have made in the quality of the children's lives. Often people report that they initially got involved at the youth care centre in order to mean something to a child. In the process they were the people being blessed and how fortunate it is to be able to give. Many people say that there is more meaning in being able to give than being able to receive. In which ever way you choose to be involved in the youth care centre it is certain that you will be touched by it!
Deo Juvante Youth Care Centre
P. O. Box 20161
4 Faure Lane
Telephone number: 051-4444005
Fax number: 051-406 3300 at the Principle Social Worker
Particulars of staff members:
Child and Youth Care Worker: Mrs. Daphney Minopetros and her husband Johnny are the child and youth care parents at the centre. Mrs. Minopetros has been working as a child and youth care worker for the past 6 years. Her husband is a member of the South African Defence Force as a Health and Safety Officer. They have three sons of their own and one adopted son. They are also grand parents to four grand children. The Minopetros couple work as a team and compliment one another. Johnny plays an active role in taking care of the children of the youth care centre. The couple plays bowls. They have introduced this sport to the children of the centre. The children accompanies them to their tournaments. Daphney is a loving and sensitive person, she is always very positive about the children and willing to help a child.
General Assistant: Cecilia Moeca. She knows the children in the youth care centre and is a help to the child and youth care worker.
Social Worker: Mrs. Karin Rossouw – contact number: 051-4443067. Mrs. Rossouw has been working as a social worker within the child and youth care field for 7 years. She has a master’s degree in play therapy.
Mr. Lean Bornman
Mrs. Liesl Myburg
Mr. Deon Maree
Just not enough time
Have you ever woken up and thought to yourself that there just aren't enough hours in the day?
Well, believe me when I say, not only were there not enough hours in the day, but there were also not enough days in the week!
Have you ever wished that you could wake up in a luxury apartment, smell the sea air, listen to the waves breaking on the sandy white beach and not have a worry about what it was going to cost?
Ever held fellowship and sung praises to the Lord accompanied by the beautiful strumming of a guitar, while you have the privilege of looking at the absolute awe and delight on the faces of children who are seeing the sea for the first time in their lives, all of this while you are sitting on the soft sand with the waves lapping at your feet?
Ever wished you could ride a camel, foofey-slide over a dam, ride in a round rubber bumper boat on a hot summer's day, feed lamas, rabbits, ponies, ostriches – all in the tranquil surroundings of a typical farm-style resort?
Ever wanted to go to the Cango Caves to experience the wonders of God's hand, the spectacle which has taken hundreds of years for Him to create, but because there are 362 stairs to negotiate, and you are in a wheel chair, this is going to be one of those things that you will only ever see on TV?
Ever been carried like an Egyptian queen on her royal throne down 362 stairs and been stunned into complete silence by the beauty of the most amazing sights deep in the belly of an enormous cave, and then been lifted on high and carried back out?
Ever walked on a swinging bridge, over crocodile infested waters thinking that your next step could be your last, all that needs to happen is the rope snaps and you become a delicious titbit for a massive hungry croc and his mates?
Ever swam in a huge hot pool and listened to the laughter of children and adults splashing and having fun, enjoying the final hours of the night before they tumble into bed, exhausted but oh so blissfully happy?
Well, all of the things mentioned above and more, are the true life experiences of 13 children and two adults of Deo Juvante Youth Care Centre, who were so totally blessed by been given the holiday of a life time by people who care for those less fortunate than themselves, the wonderful people of Ruwacon Construction and Racing, and that was just the first day!
Now you can understand why I said there were just not enough hours in the day, this was a holiday that everyone should be allowed to experience at least once in their lifetime, even if it means that it takes 53 years, as it did in my case.
We thank the Lord for blessing us so richly by bringing these people into our lives, we know that it is only through Him and our prayers that ALL things are possible and prayers ARE answered!