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For Western Cape mothers who find themselves feeling like there is no place to turn, hope can be found at St Anne’s Homes in Woodstock.
Established in 1904 when a group of women from the Anglican church came together to create a haven for women and girls in need, the homes’ biggest purpose has always been to restore dignity to those who have lost their way.
The reach and the scope of what they do have grown immensely since then, but at its core, that is what Joy Lange and her team continue to do today, 115 years later.
You’ll notice that St Anne’s isn’t a home – it’s homes, plural. That’s because what the team offers is threefold: firstly, there’s the shelter, which has space for 21 women who are pregnant or have children and have no place else to go. This is where the healing process begins, as women spend their days here working through their trauma and building towards a future.
In their four months here, the women are given the tools to do all of that.
After that, there are 2nd and 3rd stage homes, where women and their children can stay for 12 months respectively, provided they have found employment.
Through all of this, the St Anne’s team offers bespoke childcare to the children of these mothers. The focus here is on more than care though – through music and water therapy, through endless understanding and love, the carers’ aim is to heal the trauma that these children have experienced in order to make sure that the future looks different.
It’s not cheap or easy running a place like St Anne’s, but Joy will happily tell you that she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
40% of St Anne’s total expenses are covered by a Social Development grant; that’s R60 000 out of the R150 000 a month they need. The remaining R90 000 is a result of tireless fundraising by Joy and the team, although they are often left short of this amount.
Photographer: Eugene du Plessis | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Abuse Victims, Counselling, Development, Housing, Skills Development, Welfare