[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“There’s a bright future ahead for us.”  This was the key anchor point of the Valentine’s Business Breakfast on the morning of February 14, which was attended by around 50 people at the U-turn Service Centre in Claremont.

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The morning started with delicious food served by the Graffiti Grub food truck staff, as well as tea, coffee and cold drinks provided by Engen Vineyard Convenience Centre. In addition, there was coffee,  juice and an opportunity to mingle before settling in to hear a powerful testimony by Jaqualine, one of U-turn’s Life Change Champions.

Jacqualine joined the programme exactly one year ago after eight years of life on the streets.  Today her family is reunited and she is working at the service centre.  She hopes to find work as a manager one day.

Training and skills development is an essential step towards reintegration and being able to function well in our society. U-turn focuses on both personal and vocational skills, alongside complementary work experience and ongoing therapy.  The programme has statistically significant results – six months after graduating from U-turn, 80% remain employed and sober.

The breakfast was an opportunity to encourage U-turn supporters and those new to U-turn to help “get South Africa working” again and ways to make that happen.

If you missed out on this Breakfast, make sure to diarise April 11 for the next Breakfast.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]