Te Whakaora Tangata relies on donations from individuals and organisations including the ANZ Staff Foundation. Their key goal is to help families become resilient by breaking the cycle of dysfunction caused by past trauma.
Research shows if a family unit is strong they can withstand issues like unemployment, drug or alcohol abuse, Shawn said.
“We’ve learned that safe communities are built in the home, so we teach and demonstrate what that looks like and how to constructively respond to conflict.
We facilitate a range of courses to help our families but the most fruitful is the family restoration course.”
Once the Covid-19 restrictions on social gatherings lifted, Te Whakaora Tangata returned to facilitating their landmark family restoration course in person rather than online.
“We’ve had full attendance at almost every session since. In an era of physical distancing, that speaks to the value of the course.”
In 2016, Rob completed Te Whakaora Tangata’s Family Restoration Course and it changed the trajectory of his and his family’s lives.
“Through corrections and parole conditions I’ve done 78 programs. They’ve all failed.”
“Before I did the [Te Whakaora Tangata] course I had to… go out to hurt somebody to make myself feel better.
“But now, I started my own business. I’m mowing lawns, taking care of trees and gardens. Got married on our 34th anniversary. I’m also drug free.”
Of the family restoration course, Shawn said: “Every family is different so every solution is different. We generally work with families for about two years, sometimes more.
“It’s the best feeling in the world seeing them move from a place of dysfunction to standing on their own two feet.”
Te Whakaora Tangata is a recipient of ANZ Staff Foundation funding. Applications for the August 2020 ANZ Staff Foundation funding round are open until 17 August. Visit the ANZ Staff Foundation website for more information.