Here at GOLD, we hate seeing good food go to waste. That’s why instead of throwing what’s left unused at the end of the night, we donate all our excess food to the Napier Street Shelter in Cape Town. The shelter provides a haven for up to 96 people every night, accommodating 63 male and 33 females and GOLD’s meals go to feeding hot lunches every single day.
Providing a safe haven
The Napier Street Shelter is so much more than just a temporary shelter to those in need. With a mission to see no-one living on the streets, the shelter provides rehabilitation opportunities, social welfare services, family re-unification services, physical care and support.
With that in mind, all guests are interviewed to ensure that they actually really want help. And they are then empowered to contribute towards the system and do everything in their power to get back on track. Through this they aim to break a cycle of entitlement, encouraging homeless persons to take responsibility for their lives.
This Mandela Month give responsibly
As we enter Mandela Month, GOLD together with our partners at Napier Street Shelter would implore you to give responsibly. Unfortunately homelessness is a common occurrence in South Africa but in fact being homeless means a lot more than not having a roof over your head. It can mean being separated from family, friends and other people who care about you, loosing connections with a church, community, society, or not having access to basic human rights like water and medical treatment.
At The Napier Street Shelter, they work not only to provide a physical roof but to reintegrate these people into society – to get the homeless to a home. To continue this work requires support through donation, volunteering, and creating awareness. You can help them by giving responsibly. Find out more on how to do that here.