WelCom August 2018:
It was a great day in Upper Hutt City, as over 50 guests attended the opening of the new St John of God Clouston Park Community Home. Monsignor Gerard Burns blessed the facility and people from all around the local community, including prospective residents and their families, spent time wandering through the 12-room home. The new home will provide residential care for people with neurological and physical disabilities.
Stewart Clark, Regional Manager (Northern) for St John of God Hauora Trust was delighted to see the home open and ready to serve the community. ‘Our vision is that this home will allow residents maximum independence and opportunity to participate in the activities of normal life we so often take for granted, while providing excellence in care and meeting the needs of those who live here.’
Plans for the home started last December, when the former rest home – previously known as ‘Oma’s Place’ – was advertised for rent. The owners had purchased the home several years ago, with a vision to work with their church to provide a home for people with disabilities. Although their original plans failed to eventuate, they were excited to partner with St John of God Hauora Trust and see the vision fulfilled, meeting growing needs for care and respite in the region.
David is excited to be one of the first to move in. ‘I’m looking forward to the opportunity of being more independent – doing my own cooking and laundry, getting into town by myself.’
Board Chair, Bevan Killick, who cut the ribbon at the opening, commented it was wonderful to see the influence that one person (St John of God) continued to have from half-way around the world and some 500 years after he began his ministry.
Clouston Park is one of several facilities around New Zealand run by the St John of God Hauora Trust. A 30-minute drive away, is the St John of God Karori residence – home to 34 people. National Mission Manager, Joanne Hope says, ‘Our Catholic residents there appreciate visits from Fr Ron Bennett and Ministers of the Eucharist from St Teresa’s who make them feel part of the local parish.’
St John of God Hauora Trust aims to continue the healing mission of Jesus Christ through the provision of health and social services – promoting life to the full by enhancing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of being human.
For more information on the work of St John of God in New Zealand, visit www.sjog.org.nz
Nigel Matthews works with the St John of God Hauora Trust.