In partnership with Maranatha Services the MES Gqeberha (former Port Elizabeth) branch was established in 2008. During 2009 MES PE and Maranatha Services decided that the community would be best served by keeping their identities separate, each focussing on their own unique, respective strengths.
MES purchased the Diocese Building on 1 Hiles street, Korsten (Gqeberha Shelter) in June 2008 with bridging finance provided by the Christian Development Trust (CDT). In December 2011, MES PE was awarded a capital subsidy to finance the purchase and renovation of the shelter facility by the Eastern Cape Housing Department. The subsidy agreement was to provide a 120 bed shelter facility for vulnerable and homeless individuals. The bridging finance loan from CDT for the purchase was settled with the first deposit that was received in March 2012.
MES Gqeberha’s Historical Timeline:
- 2010 established the New Brighton (Red Location) outreach soup kitchen
- 2011 appointed a social worker
- 2015 Established the Morewag after Care Centre
- 2019 Established the over sixties Service Centre for homeless elderly
- 2019 Started the De Vos Malan after Care Centre
The services offered by the branch are anchored in Christian values and by utilising the MES Holistic Service Model that addresses the clients physical, emotional, spiritual and developmental needs the branch has become a space where the homeless of the inner city of the Nelson Mandela Metro and the Eastern Cape are provided with temporary three tier supportive residential care whilst they are rehabilitated and empowered towards a sustainable
exit from the shelter and re-unification with their families.
The services rendered to our client groups include a holistic approach of prevention, intake and intervention leading to a sustainable exit for each individual. Presently MES Gqeberha focusses on adults, older persons, social support services and enterprise projects.