Belong, Believe, Become
Our goal is to recruit young men between 18-25 years old from Manenberg who are caught in unhealthy life rhythms, such as gangs and drug addiction. They live in our home for leadership development, Cru62, where we assist and empower them to break free from this through the power of Jesus Christ and to be fully dependent on him. We want to see the very same young men who have been tearing down this community become healthy, productive and pouring out the love they have received into Manenberg.
How do we do it?
In Cru62 we have established a full-time schedule to try and help the young men rebuild their body, mind and spirit. This lifestyle of learning, hard-work and fun is centred around a healthy family structure, the lack of one growing up, being one of the biggest challenges our young men are facing in our community.
The day begins with devotions, introducing the young men to the love of God. During the week they also have time-slots in our onsite prayer room where they can deepen their relationship with Jesus and they are plugged into our weekly church family rhythms. Each son of Cru62 is assigned a mentor
for the duration of his 18months who disciples and walks alongside him intensively in his healing
We revisit stories from their lives using the 12 Step Programme with the aim of dealing with the feelings of what was done to them and what they have done to others. Growing up it was not always encouraged to share feelings, especially for men, they are seen to be a sign of weakness. The young men also attend addictions sessions and once a week they attend a Narcotics Anonymous, a support group to equip them with tools to fight addiction by listening to other people sharing about their journeys in recovery.
To help build skills and a value of work, the guys from the house spend a day a week at Maak ‘n
Plank where they are taught the basics of carpentry and begin learning how to take old
wood, and recreate it into something beautiful.
We try to help the guys engage with conflict in a restorative manner where there is space created to share and deal with day to day issues that come up living at Cru62. We have a once a week board meeting, where the young men encourage each other by identifying blind spots as well as the assets in each other, they also set weekly goals for themselves in this time.
They learn more about nature or what
is happening around the world through ‘Documentary Night’ as well as Saturday outings exploring
Cape Town. Regular exercise through soccer, boxing, surfing, running, and hiking helps build their
physical bodies as well as assisting with the healing and retraining of the brain from damage done
through drug use. We want to see these guys begin to value not only their emotional and spiritual
health, but their physical and mental health.
All of this is held within a family culture of eating around the dinner table and having intentional
conversations, with onsite house-parents and ‘older brothers’ who supervise the home and lend a
shoulder to cry on or a smile to cheer.