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Showing they care this winter

Showing they care this winter

2 July 2019
CCID Fieldworker Headman Sirala-rala delivering donation bins at Mandela Rhodes Place

To help ease the plight of the CBD’s homeless community during the bitterly cold and wet winter months, the CCID’s Social Development department and NGOs in the Central City and surrounding areas put extra measures in place. Please support them in their endeavours.

THE CCID’S WINTER PLANS

  • Distribution of 2 500 care bags and 1 500 raincoats to partner NGOs
  • Assisting with gardening and office equipment for Khulisa
  • Assisting with alterations to the Ladles of Love kitchen at The Hope Exchange
  • Subsidising 40 beds, blankets and mattress protectors for clients every night at Youth Solutions Africa (throughout the year, the CCID subsidises 18 beds at the facility)
  • Supporting St Johns with additional equipment to provide medical services to streetpeople
  • Distribution of 350 male pairs of shoes and 200 female pairs of shoes to partner NGOs
  • Purchasing of 32 safety boots for Khulisa Social Solutions
  • Strategic placing of donation bins at various establishments in and around the Central City to collect food, shoes, clothing and toiletries
  • Assisting YSA with the renovation of a wheelchair-friendly ramp
  • Distribution of soup, noodles, instant porridge and rusks to the value of R50 000 to the Safe Space
  • Subsidising food at YSA to the value of R53 000

WINTER PLANS BY CCID’S NGO PARTNERS

1. CITY OF CAPE TOWN
The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department launched its Street People Winter Readiness Programme on 1 May 2019 which aims to assist both streetpeople and shelters during winter.

Says mayoral committee member for community services and health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien: “The intention is to increase bed space at shelters so that more streetpeople will have access to a warm place to sleep during the winter period from 1 May to 30 September 2019.” The space is temporary, and organisations involved, who meet the criteria, will also be assisted with cooking and cleaning as well as groceries, toiletries, mattresses and bedding.

In addition, the City’s Safe Space under the Culemborg bridge in the Foreshore area, which was launched in July last year, continues to accommodate about 230 homeless people and to provide ablution facilities as well as storage lockers.
streetpeoplesafespace@gmail.com |021 801 0140

John Philmon - Youth Solutions Africa

2. YOUTH SOLUTIONS AFRICA
“The CCID is our main funder for the winter programme. We are planning to accommodate 30 homeless men and 10 homeless women from the Cape Town CBD for three months, over and above the 75 bed spaces we have in our shelter. We also provide clients on the winter programme with mattresses, bedding, toiletries and food as well as access to our social workers,” says John Philmon, director for Youth Solutions Africa.
www.safyouth.org | 021 462 8006

3. THE HOPE EXCHANGE (FORMERLY THE CARPENTER'S SHOP)
Ian Veary, social work manager at The Hope Exchange, says their winter programme will include the provision of blankets and clothing during the week to individuals in need in conjunction with an interview with a social care professional to determine the individuals’ personal circumstances and to assess the possibility of reintegration or reunification. Meals will also be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The organisation’s ablution facilities will also available during this time.
www.thehopeexchange.org | 021 461 5508

4. KHULISA SOCIAL SOLUTIONS
“Our winter programme runs in partnership with The Hope Exchange and City of Cape Town and assists in not only getting people off the streets and safe from the harsh weather, but also to practise indoor living – some after decades of living under the stars,” explains Jesse Laitinen from Khulisa Social Solutions.
www.khulisa.org.za | 021 465 6112

5. U-TURN HOMELESS MINISTRIES
Rowen Ravera of U-Turn Homeless Ministries says the organisation will hold a Mandela Day Clothing Drive. “The clothes will go to both the homeless on the street and to our Charity Shops that provide work opportunities and training grounds for formerly homeless clients.”
www.homeless.org.za | 021 674 6119

6. SOUPER TROOPERS
Souper Troopers have fundraised to buy long quality raincoats to give to their Troopers in the CBD and surrounding areas to keep them warm and dry. They will also have an outreach Mandela Day event on 21 July for the Troopers.
www.soupertroopers.org | info@soupertroopers.org

7. LADLES OF LOVE
Danny Diliberto, restaurateur and head of Ladles of Love, says the volunteer soup kitchen will continue “feeding the vulnerable with a bowl of fresh, hot soup. And we will most likely plan a blanket drive sometime in June and possibly another one on Mandela Day”. Ladles of Love serves over 500 meals a week from three venues: Doppio Zero Mandela Rhodes Place, The Hope Exchange (formerly The Carpenter's Shop) and The Haven in Napier Street.
www.ladlesoflove.org.za | 073 720 8088

8. CAPE SA JEWISH BOARD OF DEPUTIES
The organisation is collecting gently worn warm winter accessories such as socks, scarves and beanies for the homeless as well as Kosher non-perishable and tinned food for vulnerable members of the Cape Town Jewish community. Souper Troopers is one of the beneficiaries.
www.capesajbd.org | 021 464 6700

9. THE HOMESTEAD
The Homestead will hand out blankets, warm clothes, school clothes and more to the most vulnerable of children.
www.homestead.org.za | 021 419 9763

OTHER NGO PARTNERS

Here are other NGO partners to support who also do great work throughout the year.

STRAATWERK
www.straatwerk.org.za | 021 425 0140

THE HAVEN
www.haven.org.za | 021 425 4700

ONS PLEK
www.onsplek.org.za | 021 685 4052/49

THE SERVICE DINING ROOMS
www.servicediningrooms.org.za | 021 465 2390

TB HIV CARE
www.tbhivcare.org | 021 425 0050

Note: This article was first published in the 2019 issue of City Views.

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