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Many shelters have come and gone over the years, so we try to keep an annual list showcasing the shelters running; these are the available shelters in 2022.

 

South Africa (05 July 2022) – Shelters across the country all have one goal in mind, getting the vulnerable off the streets, fed and rehabilitated. They are always in need of assistance. The latest cold snap has left many people asking themselves, what can they do to help?

There are many ways to help your local shelter; you can donate non-perishable foods, warm clothing, blankets, toiletries, cleaning products, and so much more. You can call them to see what they are in need of and assist that way as well.

Many have skills workshops, food gardens and other activities that could also be boosted either with tools, skills and expertise, or financial aid.

Below is a detailed list of shelters from every province. This will help you find your nearest one to assist. You may notice some provinces lack any information; this is because we were unable to find, contact and confirm any legitimate shelters within these areas.

This matter is incredibly distressing and highlights a serious problem in South Africa.

If we are missing any that you may know of, pop a comment in the section below, and we will update the list. We want to make this list as comprehensive as possible, so any information will be greatly appreciated.

South Africa

  • National Shelter Movement of SA works with women and children escaping GBV – Shelter locations are not listed due to safety reasons; however, there is support in all nine provinces. For full details, see the website here.

Eastern Cape

  • MES Shelter in Gqeberha. For full details, see their website here.
  • Vistarus Mission Station in Gqeberha. For full details, see the website here.

Free State

To be confirmed

Gauteng

  • MES Shelter in Hillbrow and Kempton Park. For full details, see their website here.
  • The House Group for girls in Hillbrow. For full details, see their website here.
  • Windsor West assessment centre in Randburg, the Dan Street shelter assessment centre in Florida and the Governor’s House assessment centre in Hillbrow all offer ablution facilities (displaced persons can come in for a shower/bath and do their laundry), receive hygiene packs; assessment by a social worker and referral to specialised services. However, they do not have overnight facilities. Please contact the displaced Person’s Unit on 011 407 7308 for assistance.
  • Kotze Overnight Shelter in Hillbrow offers overnight shelter, ablution facilities, meals, hygiene packs, support groups and temporary job placement. Please contact the displaced Person’s Unit on 011 407 7308 for assistance.

KwaZulu-Natal

  • Payless Shelter in South Beach. For full details, see the website here.
  • The Wellness Centre Trust in Durban. For full details, see the website here.
  • Youth For Christ Tennyson House in Durban houses children. For full details, see the website here.

Limpopo

To be confirmed

Mpumalanga

To be confirmed

North West

To be confirmed

Northern Cape

To be confirmed

Western Cape

  • The Haven Night Shelter has 15 different shelters across the Western Cape, including Belville, Ceres, Claremont, District Six, Kalk Bay, Kensington, Kraaifontein, Greenpoint, Mosselbay, Paarl, Swartland, Retreat, and two in Woodstock (one specifically for the elderly) and Wynberg. For full contact details on each one, see their website here.
  • Elim Night Shelter in Elsies River. For full contact details, see the website here.
  • George Night Shelter in Eden, George. For full contact details, see the website here.
  • Happy Valley Shelter in Simon’s Town. For full contact details, see the website here.
  • Ihata Shelter in the Cape Flats. For full contact details, see the website here.
  • Loaves and Fishes Shelter in Mowbray. For full contact details, see the website here.
  • MES Shelter in Belville. For full contact details, see their website here.
  • Nuwe Begin Skuiling Shelter in Breede Valley. For full contact details, see the website here.
  • The Pride Shelter in Cape Town. For full contact details, see the website here.
  • The Somerset West Night Shelter and Family Shelter. For full contact details, see the website here.

Sources: Various (Linked Above)
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