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Published January 31st 2019
Where there is just so much more than buying chocolates
On a recent drive north of Maitland along the Clarencetown Road, in an area densely populated by kangaroos lazing under the shade of towering gums, my eyes glazed over after spotting a sign on the gate of a country property announcing Belgium chocolates for sale. Now honestly, I ask you, wouldn't that pique your interest too?
Investigation required a drive up to the homestead where another sign welcomed us to Destiny Haven, which we were to learn was "a residential life skills training program for women to find freedom from controlling issues, such as addictions, self-harm, abuse and childhood trauma".
Part of this process includes providing the tools to make these women employment ready by way of a social enterprise program in conjunction with the rehabilitation process.
Yes, these women living at Destiny Haven for up to 12 months receiving counselling and other therapies, whilst learning the skills to make delicious chocolates, Christmas puddings, jams and honey from fruits grown on the property, as well as jewellery and tote bags.
Belgian Callebaut Chocolate covering a Pitted Date
How does learning how to make chocolates or marmalade make a person more job ready? By learning the skills to follow a process; of following instructions, of reading requirements, and being disciplined to finish the task. They also gain self-esteem from the successful completion of a project, organisational skills and seeing the results of commitment to the task. All good stuff.
We were shown around the showroom with a full explanation of the services that these brave women facing their demons receive and their enjoyment in producing such beautiful products for sale. We even sampled a selection the Belgian chocolates. Aggggghhhh - I was in heaven.
The Destiny Haven retail outlet, at 3931 Clarencetown Road, Brookfield, is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sometimes, these products are also available at local markets and at other times service organisations organise bus trips to this nurturing facility.
Successful shopping and a powerful personal experience