Sharesse Smith joined MES Gqeberha in 2013 as a volunteer and was later employed permanently as the shelter supervisor, responsible for clients’ intake and assessments. Sharesse is leaving MES to enjoy her retirement from the 5th of December 2021. “Whilst working at MES I have learned a lot about myself, serving others has really made me a better person. I have more compassion for people in need than I did before I came to MES. I also understand that we have different journeys in life and mine is not more important than the next person’s. I am very grateful to God for the opportunity to wake up every day to change people’s lives,” said Sharesse jovially. “The past few years have been incredibly rewarding, also on the professional front. I have worked in different places in the branch, from the shelter to the kitchen, to administration! I must say my favourite role has been to act as a mentor to my incredible colleagues who have found me in the branch. Showing them around and teaching them how we do things is always amazing, but also learning from them is so exciting. I believe that this branch is growing in the right direction and it is anointed to make a huge impact in our city. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve at MES Gqeberha,” Sharesse adds. The team and shelter clients at MES Gqeberha are extremely grateful for Sharesse’s service over the years, we wish her plenty of well-deserved rest during her retirement. Our doors will always be open for you Sharesse!
MES Port Elizabeth expresses gratitude to Compucut Signs company for a new sign board at its shelter building in the Eastern Cape province. According to new branch manager, Ronny Naude, who is also one of the company’s Managing Directors this will bring relief to image of MES as far as branding is concerned. “We have freely decided to start charity at home, using our company resources to invest in MES. We are really grateful to be part of MES and helping our most vulnerable communities,” said Naude. MES PE accommodated nearly 60 homeless adults, including 44 men and 12 women. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot more has been lost and MES PE has appealed to the general public and corporate donors to assist with funding in order to expand on other services. “The services rendered to our client groups include a holistic approach of prevention, intake and intervention leading to a sustainable exit for each individual,” stated Naude. Presently, MES PE focusses on adults, older persons, social support services and enterprise projects.
Since the national lockdown was announced by President Ramaphosa, many businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations have severely suffered the consequences. It is for this reason that MES Port Elizabeth acknowledges the struggle that many businesses and individuals are facing amid the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic. So thankful and appreciative for all donations made to our shelter during this strenuous time. Indeed, all of the contributions made have allowed the branch to provide daily meals, toiletries, masks, sanitisers and clothing for the winter season. In this light, MES PE takes this opportunity to honour those individuals for opening their hearts to our community and offering help where it was needed. The race is far from done and every effort is needed to ensure that our residents are given the best possible help. Every contribution makes a world of difference and that is exactly what every donation has meant to the most vulnerable and homeless. It is through such unflinching solidarity and faith that MES and partners fight together to overcome the dilemma of homelessness.