Mandela Day with Gloria Botha Students

Letter from Gloria Botha School: Learners were informed of the care supplied to the homeless at the night shelter. We used R50 of our class funds (which we collect by selling hotdogs on Fridays) to buy 5 vouchers as our contribution for  Mandela Day.  Responsibility towards the community is part of the Life Skills curriculum. […]

The Night That Was

A week ago, this Blog noted that participants from The Night Shelter and Somerset West Round Table 31 would be spending the night out in the cold, in solidarity with those who have no choice but to live on streets. This effort was aimed at raising Awareness of The Night Shelter, as well as practical support. […]

The Longest Night – a perfect opportunity to help!

This Friday 22 June 2012, Somerset West Round Table 31 will be taking part in a project called Winter Knights.  Volunteers from Round Table will start the evening in nothing more than a pair of shorts and tshirt, spending the night out in the cold, in solidarity with those who have no choice but to live […]

A HUGE THANK YOU without your help, what we do would not be possible!

N G Kerk Gordans Bay- Baskets of Hope Soup kitchen – 200 litres of ice cream The Ark – chicken Phils Motors – fresh vegetables Helderberg Rotary – clothing Carona Service Centre – bread rolls Pick and Pay – weekly groceries Woolworths – weekly groceries Pastor Marie – groceries Van Der Vyver Transport – 250 litres […]

Craft Morning with the Ladies for Mothers Day

It was with great enthusiasm that the ladies from the women’s bible study group at Life Church and the ladies at the local Night Shelter, tackled this craft project in a bid to raise funds for the shelter. They created gorgeous air-dry clay shapes that will be sold at the church for Mothers Day. “Our […]

Calling all Bookworms!

The Night Shelter is establishing an onsite library!  The brainchild of our Administrator, Nazleah, this project celebrates exactly those community relationships which enable the Night Shelter to continue to operate:  an informal collaborative effort between the Somerset West Library and The Shelter. The Somerset West Library not only provided the much needed advice we required in order […]


Nightshelter Chronicles

It was last year December (2011) that I ended up on the streets of Somerset-West.  After all my resources were diminished, via so-called friends, I was left all on my own behind the Somerset-West Pick n Pay.  A few street folk approached me asking the normal: either a cigarette or something to eat. I didn’t […]

Making Money out of old bottles

String of plastic bottles ready for the tank Skills development partnership with E washa water purification project A local company gave us the opportunity to partner with them, Piet Venter manufactures a water     purification plan for car wash and transport depots. The tanks are fitted with strings of cool drink plastic bottles, the water is […]

Big Clean Up

For many months and weeks, the Management Committee of the Shelter have expressed to Staff and Clients who we offer service to the need to keep the shelter clean.  The shelter has a set of rules which we ask all the clients to abide by.  One of the rules is that we insist that clients […]