This past week CAST had the amazing opportunity to host Steve Walkup from the Denver Rescue Mission (DRM), a Christian NGO serving the homeless in Denver, Colorado for over 100 years. Steve is DRM’s head of Programmes, and visited CAST to train community churches in the Manna of Life Programme, which is focused around sharing the Gospel of John. Over 100 community church members attended at both Paran Church (a refugee church in Durban central) and Appelsbosch Baptist Church.
On Monday, the Denis Hurley Centre hosted a Homelessness Forum in partnership with CAST as a learning and networking opportunity for those interested. Steve Walkup shared how DRM is tackling the issue of homelessness in Denver, and the approach to their programmes. The Human Science Research Council (HSRC) also shared their initial findings from a recent survey about homelessness in Durban. Local NGOs, faith-based groups, government and corporate representatives joined this forum to create a more integrated response to homelessness in the city.