For the past 35 years, MES has relied on the servant hearts of its staff to carry out the commitment of serving the vulnerable community of the inner cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kempton Park and Gqeberha.

As an organisation which has grown over time to serve on a national level, it takes Human Resource (HR) expertise to ensure that the staff that serves at MES is dedicated to their work.

The HR team at MES is responsible for recruitment, staff training, processing of monthly payroll, staff recognition and being the general staff support system. The team also acts as custodians of the processes and procedures of the organisation and ensure compliance to Labour Relations issues.

“It is amazing to see the growth of the MES team over the years and especially the HR team. To realise that as a support service to the Focus Groups, we are not just clocking into work but we are here serving our staff so that they can better serve the community. We especially thank God for strengthening and enabling our staff to stand on their commitment to serve particularly in this difficult time,” says Portia Nyoka, National HR Manager

As the year comes to an end, the dream of the HR team is to see MES grow into other provinces, where the help and services of the organisation are also needed. However, a dream that is closer to the heart of the team is to be able to get a wellness partner that can conduct an Employee Wellness Programme for the staff of MES.

Working within the NPO sector means that the organisations do not always have funds for perceived-simple things like a team-building activity or even gifting staff with a cup or jacket. These small initiatives create a sense of belonging for any work environment and ensure that staff love coming to work. This is the area that partners and donors can play a big role in supporting the NPO sector to carry out the work they do in the community.

“The past year has been a difficult time for everyone, as a team we have learned that we need each other to stand and move forward. It has been encouraging to have the committed partners that have supported MES and the continuous dedication from our staff to change people’s lives,” ends Nyoka.