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Business Name: Gilgal Halfway House
Website: www.gilgalgroup.co.za
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/GilgalGroupNPO/
Instagram Page: www.instagram.com/gilgal_group/

We are starting a halfway house in Cape Town, South Africa:

We have been doing prison ministries (Alpha Course) for the past 4 years in Drakenstein Juvenile Prison (Prison Nelson Mandela was released from) and have forged such strong relationships with the young men incarcerated there. We have done the 10 week program with over 500 of the inmates of Drakenstein and seen young men leaving gangsterism, changing negative behavior and seeking purpose, whilst also wanting to make a difference in society when they are released.

Problem / Challenges:

1. Being released into the same environment and circumstances that got them into prison, with the added criminal record, has made it challenging to standby the rehabilitation done by our prison systems;
2. Not understanding the dynamics of a family unit (coming from dysfunctional families) or things as simple as the “unwritten laws of society” makes rehabilitation a huge challenge;
3. The fact that they have been “out of societal progression” and enter communities as if coming out of a sleeping capsule…
I. Communities have changed, travelling, cell phones, opening bank accounts are but a few of the challenges that awaits the released parolees.

Solution:

1. Halfway houses, often can be an extension of prison, this should not be. There should not be a separation between the parents of halfway houses and ex-offenders / parolees.
2. A house is just an empty shell, it is family that makes a house a home.
3. For rehabilitation to be successful there needs to be a family that the ex-offender / parolee will be joining and helping as one of the family members to discover their purpose in society and assist in being brought up-to-date on changes that occurred while they were incarcerated.

This is what GILGAL Halfway House does:

We have adopted a young man, Justin Filander into our home on the 13 December 2017, and found that family is the key to a successful halfway house, as well as a continuance of programs, such as restorative justice and career guidance. These are practicalities that are normal in a good family environment. See my families radio interview in link below:

https://www.facebook.com/ccfmbreakfastwithfriends/videos/1794328843936348/?t=4

Conclusion:

We are in the process of creating an affiliation of halfway houses in the Western Cape with the aim of creating a support structure that will ease challenges and prevent closure of halfway houses in the future. We have also taken up the challenge to raise up halfway houses in as many communities as possible by challenging and guiding NPO’s, Churches, the overall private sector and communities.

“Furthermore, persons registered as parolees amounted to 51 937 and those registered as probationers
were 16 640 as at 31 March 2016.” [last stats released on parolees]
http://www.dcs.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DCS-APP-2017-2018.pdf

“As of April 2018 this year, correctional services had 163,140 inmates in its 243 correctional facilities comprising of 45,294 remand detainees and 117,820 sentenced offenders. This is way above the 119,000 bed capacity that we currently have,” Masutha told journalists at a briefing ahead of his budget vote speech in Parliament.
https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/masutha-says-south-african-prisons-at-137-occupancy-15026418

“Another contributing factor is recidivism – repeat offenders. While there is a lack of research around this topic and few statistics, former national commissioner of correctional services Zach Modise claims the country has a recidivism rate of between 60% and 70%, which is extremely high”
https://city-press.news24.com/News/why-government-should-focus-more-on-keeping-people-out-of-prison-20180507

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that halfway houses get established as a matter of urgency.
The GILGAL group is continually seeking ways of assisting individuals to reach their potential. Giving them an opportunity to succeed in life with all its connotations and do what they are passionate about.

We invite you to:
 When you visit Cape Town again you must have coffee with us (The Ganstar Café, 61 – 65 Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa);
 You can help us make this possible, how…
 Opportunity for case studies with ex-offenders (parolees) also available in controlled environment;
 Agriculture research and management on farm, development of structures for the impoverished and unemployed with criminal records;

Business Description

We are starting a halfway house in Cape Town, South Africa:

We have been doing prison ministries (Alpha Course) for the past 4 years in Drakenstein Juvenile Prison (Prison Nelson Mandela was released from) and have forged such strong relationships with the young men incarcerated there. We have done the 10 week program with over 500 of the inmates of Drakenstein and seen young men leaving gangsterism, changing negative behavior and seeking purpose, whilst also wanting to make a difference in society when they are released.

Problem / Challenges:

1. Being released into the same environment and circumstances that got them into prison, with the added criminal record, has made it challenging to standby the rehabilitation done by our prison systems;
2. Not understanding the dynamics of a family unit (coming from dysfunctional families) or things as simple as the “unwritten laws of society” makes rehabilitation a huge challenge;
3. The fact that they have been “out of societal progression” and enter communities as if coming out of a sleeping capsule…
I. Communities have changed, travelling, cell phones, opening bank accounts are but a few of the challenges that awaits the released parolees.

Solution:

1. Halfway houses, often can be an extension of prison, this should not be. There should not be a separation between the parents of halfway houses and ex-offenders / parolees.
2. A house is just an empty shell, it is family that makes a house a home.
3. For rehabilitation to be successful there needs to be a family that the ex-offender / parolee will be joining and helping as one of the family members to discover their purpose in society and assist in being brought up-to-date on changes that occurred while they were incarcerated.

This is what GILGAL Halfway House does:

We have adopted a young man, Justin Filander into our home on the 13 December 2017, and found that family is the key to a successful halfway house, as well as a continuance of programs, such as restorative justice and career guidance. These are practicalities that are normal in a good family environment. See my families radio interview in link below:

https://www.facebook.com/ccfmbreakfastwithfriends/videos/1794328843936348/?t=4

Conclusion:

We are in the process of creating an affiliation of halfway houses in the Western Cape with the aim of creating a support structure that will ease challenges and prevent closure of halfway houses in the future. We have also taken up the challenge to raise up halfway houses in as many communities as possible by challenging and guiding NPO’s, Churches, the overall private sector and communities.

“Furthermore, persons registered as parolees amounted to 51 937 and those registered as probationers
were 16 640 as at 31 March 2016.” [last stats released on parolees]
http://www.dcs.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DCS-APP-2017-2018.pdf

“As of April 2018 this year, correctional services had 163,140 inmates in its 243 correctional facilities comprising of 45,294 remand detainees and 117,820 sentenced offenders. This is way above the 119,000 bed capacity that we currently have,” Masutha told journalists at a briefing ahead of his budget vote speech in Parliament.
https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/masutha-says-south-african-prisons-at-137-occupancy-15026418

“Another contributing factor is recidivism – repeat offenders. While there is a lack of research around this topic and few statistics, former national commissioner of correctional services Zach Modise claims the country has a recidivism rate of between 60% and 70%, which is extremely high”
https://city-press.news24.com/News/why-government-should-focus-more-on-keeping-people-out-of-prison-20180507

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that halfway houses get established as a matter of urgency.
The GILGAL group is continually seeking ways of assisting individuals to reach their potential. Giving them an opportunity to succeed in life with all its connotations and do what they are passionate about.

We invite you to:
 When you visit Cape Town again you must have coffee with us (The Ganstar Café, 61 – 65 Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa);
 You can help us make this possible, how…
 Opportunity for case studies with ex-offenders (parolees) also available in controlled environment;
 Agriculture research and management on farm, development of structures for the impoverished and unemployed with criminal records;

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