SLEEP OUT

WHAT EVOKED THE IDEA: we have hosted two similar events with Pep Stores Director´s outside one of their stores in the centre of Cape Town. The directors kept a store open after hours so that their staff could shop for hygiene products, blankets and bedding. Our shelter team served them soup and bread and helped set them up to sleep out for the night. It was an in house event and private, their hearts were genuine in their efforts to support the shelter and do something good beyond their everyday ability. We loved doing it with them and the evening was extremely memorable, the sense of community and coming together for a greater purpose was the best part. Hence we wanted to extend this opportunity to our local people, as we know they care. TELL US ABOUT THE AIM OR IDEA BEHIND THE EVENT The aim is to raise awareness about what we do, who we help and how supporting us makes a significant difference in the lives of the homeless, it is a responsibly way of giving. The idea of for those who moved by the needs of those who are homeless and interrupt our lives daily by begging and pleading for help, to be able to do something about it other than just handing cash out at traffic lights. During the month of May we are collecting blankets and hygiene products plus selling vouchers which offer a nights accommodation and all the services and individual would need to access, then all of this will come together with a final big event which is our Sleep Out on Friday night the 26th of May. For R200 you will receive a street sleeper bag, soup and bread, Sleep the night out and then in the morning each person will give back the bag to the shelter team so that we can help those who are not wanting accommodation at the shelter during winter, due to their own limitations, choices, reasons. Our shelter is generally a ‘dry’ shelter, in other words we accommodate those who are not abusing substances, however we do include those who are trying to change and assist them in doing so. As a shelter team we need to find ways to connect those that support us with those that need our services, there is such a big difference between the two groups of people, however when they come closer together and connect we realise that there is in fact not much that separates one human from the next and that’s when the magic of helping others hits home, it ends up being a blessing to the giver as well as to the receiver, we want to share this gift. WHY THIS EVENT IS IMPORTANT TO PERSUE: Our shelter is in urgent need of support, our budget far exceeds our income. We don’t want to merely survive, any limit in our resources and finances effects the level of care we are able to extend to those who we serve, the downtrodden, the less fortunate, the desperate, homeless, sons and daughters who are now lost and need a home, be it a temporary one, a place to get them back to living again. By supporting this event, you are buying into what we do, you are making a big difference, you are giving responsibly by giving hope and dignity to the homeless. WHAT EVOKED THE IDEA: we have hosted two similar events with Pep Stores Director´s outside one of their stores in the centre of Cape Town. The directors kept a store open after hours so that their staff could shop for hygiene products, blankets and bedding. Our shelter team served them soup and bread and helped set them up to sleep out for the night. It was an in house event and private, their hearts were genuine in their efforts to support the shelter and do something good beyond their everyday ability. We loved doing it with them and the evening was extremely memorable, the sense of community and coming together for a greater purpose was the best part. Hence we wanted to extend this opportunity to our local people, as we know they care. TELL US ABOUT THE AIM OR IDEA BEHIND THE EVENT The aim is to raise awareness about what we do, who we help and how supporting us makes a significant difference in the lives of the homeless, it is a responsibly way of giving. The idea of for those who moved by the needs of those who are homeless and interrupt our lives daily by begging and pleading for help, to be able to do something about it other than just handing cash out at traffic lights. During the month of May we are collecting blankets and hygiene products plus selling vouchers which offer a nights accommodation and all the services and individual would need to access, then all of this will come together with a final big event which is our Sleep Out on Friday night the 26th of May. For R200 you will receive a street sleeper bag, soup and bread, Sleep the night out and then in the morning each person will give back the bag to the shelter team so that we can help those who are not wanting accommodation at the shelter during winter, due to their own limitations, choices, reasons. Our shelter is generally a ‘dry’ shelter, in other words we accommodate those who are not abusing substances, however we do include those who are trying to change and assist them in doing so. As a shelter team we need to find ways to connect those that support us with those that need our services, there is such a big difference between the two groups of people, however when they come closer together and connect we realise that there is in fact not much that separates one human from the next and that’s when the magic of helping others hits home, it ends up being a blessing to the giver as well as to the receiver, we want to share this gift. WHY THIS EVENT IS IMPORTANT TO PERSUE: Our shelter is in urgent need of support, our budget far exceeds our income. We don’t want to merely survive, any limit in our resources and finances effects the level of care we are able to extend to those who we serve, the downtrodden, the less fortunate, the desperate, homeless, sons and daughters who are now lost and need a home, be it a temporary one, a place to get them back to living again. By supporting this event, you are buying into what we do, you are making a big difference, you are giving responsibly by giving hope and dignity to the homeless. WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS: We hoping to host up to 400 on the night. We want this to first of a yearly event in the Helderberg, something that grows and builds Momentum and that is a highlight in the community calendar. WHAT DOES THE NIGHT SHELTER DO IN GENERAL: We provide temporary accommodation, which includes social services, reintegration and rehabilitation. We also have a day centre where we assist vulnerable people with food and care. IF THERE ARE ANY, WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES? We have daily challenges as we are dealing with people, everyone has a story and each persons is unique, it takes great effort and care to come about the best way to help each person. Without our passionate, faithful, loving social workers we would not be able to do what we do. All of our team are truly amazing as most of what we do is exhausting and often heart breaking. Beyond that our biggest challenge as an organisation is fundraising, we need help, anyone interested in helping us? A good start is to please support the Sleep Out. WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM GOALS: We have many, growth in capacity is a constant goal. We are busy reorganising our space and will be able to accommodate an additional 40 people this winter. That’s a 75% increase. Beyond that we have a dream to purchase a bus, which we will renovate to accommodate bunk beds and have a mobile shelter. There are many that are not ready to take the next step from the streets to a building, however during winter they want help from the wet and cold and one of the biggest needs is security. We believe a mobile shelter will help in being more versatile in the services we extend. Then of course additional shelters, smaller and larger versions, plus affordable accommodation for those who are starting our back in society, those leaving the shelter have the biggest challenge of not being able to afford anywhere to stay. We hoping to host up to 400 on the night. We want this to first of a yearly event in the Helderberg, something that grows and builds Momentum and that is a highlight in the community calendar. WHAT DOES THE NIGHT SHELTER DO IN GENERAL: We provide temporary accommodation, which includes social services, reintegration and rehabilitation. We also have a day centre where we assist vulnerable people with food and care. IF THERE ARE ANY, WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES? We have daily challenges as we are dealing with people, everyone has a story and each persons is unique, it takes great effort and care to come about the best way to help each person. Without our passionate, faithful, loving social workers we would not be able to do what we do. All of our team are truly amazing as most of what we do is exhausting and often heart breaking. Beyond that our biggest challenge as an organisation is fundraising, we need help, anyone interested in helping us? A good start is to please support the Sleep Out. WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM GOALS: We have many, growth in capacity is a constant goal. We are busy reorganising our space and will be able to accommodate an additional 40 people this winter. That’s a 75% increase. Beyond that we have a dream to purchase a bus, which we will renovate to accommodate bunk beds and have a mobile shelter. There are many that are not ready to take the next step from the streets to a building, however during winter they want help from the wet and cold and one of the biggest needs is security. We believe a mobile shelter will help in being more versatile in the services we extend. Then of course additional shelters, smaller and larger versions, plus affordable accommodation for those who are starting our back in society, those leaving the shelter have the biggest challenge of not being able to afford anywhere to stay.
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