Somerset West Night Shelter Appeal

Dear Business, Organisations, Church, Community Forums, Individuals and Friends


Thank you for affording me the opportunity to forward an urgent request for donations of the following items: 

Tinned Food, Rice, Pasta, Beans, Soup Mix, Oats, Salt, Milk Powder, Sun Flower Oil, Tomoto Paste, Mielie Meal, Jam, Peanut Butter, Margarine, Soya Mince Sugar, Corned Meat, Spices,Tea, Coffee; Meaty Bones, Chicken, Fruit & Veg, Eggs, Bread & Rolls, Hygiene & Cleaning products, Clothing and Blankets

Wood, Machinery, Material, Beads, Crafts, Seedlings, Gardening Tools and Stationary

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS are also greatly appreciated.   Without regular financial support the shelter would not be able to offer the services it does to the homeless. Due to not receiving any grant money from Lotto or Community Chest, we are faced with having to close our doors unless our support financially or in donations is drastically and urgently increased from the local community.

Our banking details are: 
Somerset West Night Shelter / Standard Bank / Helderberg Branch / Code 033012 / Account 072340061

Realistically in order to cover salaries and the basic necessities of utility bills we need to stop all grocery expenses.  We have done everything we can to limit expenses with the installation of solar heated geysers in March this year and the creation of a vegetable garden.  The Shelter has a vehicle, we are more than willing to collect at a time that is suitable to you.  We are able to issue your business with a tax deductible certificate for the value of your donation.  Just let us know and our book keeper Adriana Joubert will organise this.

Below please read our vision, mission, history of the organisation and the various services and programs rendered at the shelters.

Our vision “No one should have to live on the streets” and our mission is to “To get the homeless home”.

History of our Shelter:  The Somerset West Night Shelter was established in 1988; the land is owned by the Municipality and committee members raised the money for the building. The building accommodates up to 44 men and 12 women. During winter the facility is pushed to maximum capacity and mattresses are laid out in the dining hall to ensure that less people are turned away.   A voluntary committee raises funds and overseas the general running of the shelter.  Enlisting committee members is always a challenge as people are so busy; our small committee do an incredible job of making what we do possible.

Our shelter is fully compliant to the latest Health, Fire & Safety requirements.  We are grateful to those in the community who have recently assisted us with renovations.    

The Structure of the Staff in the organization:
Our shelter is governed by Committee Members who offer their services voluntarily.  The Committee is the employer of shelter staff.   The working conditions of staff are being improved on a continuous basis irrespective of their roles and responsibilities and where applicable we are applying ongoing corrective and or disciplinary measures as per the Labour Relations Act. 


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