Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 200
The story of The Heavens Shelter house is one of faith, hope and selflessness that never ceases to inspire those who hear its origin story. For the homeless, abused and abandoned people of Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town, The Heavens Shelter House is all that stands between them and a brutal life on the streets. Founder, Pastor Zulpha Morris, after realizing the impact, dedicated her entire being to helping the destitute and the downtrodden.
200 people are currently staying at The Heavens Shelter House, but more arrive every day. Although resources are slim and finances are scarce, Pastor Morris and her team of 4 unpaid volunteers don’t have the heart to turn anyone away. If someone in need arrives at their doorstep, they will do everything they can to help.
The shelter is a project very close to Pastor Morris’ heart, as she herself was left homeless and hungry as a girl of just 12 years old. She understands the pain and desperation these people suffer on a daily basis and has completely dedicated her life to uplifting those less fortunate than herself. She started opening her own home to the homeless as far back as 1998 and has never wavered from her vocation since.
The Heavens Shelter House is much more than just a safe haven to the street people of Mitchell’s Plain. They offer skills training like cooking, arts and crafts, décor and more to empower them to earn money and become self-sufficient. The shelter networks with schools, companies and rehabilitation centres to find uplifting opportunities for their beneficiaries, whatever their challenges may be.
Because they receive no funding from the government, maintaining the shelter is a monumental task. Their number one concern is having enough electricity to support all 200 residents. Any donation is put to good use there, be it clothing, groceries or general supplies, but without power, their good work is greatly hindered. Eventually, Pastor Morris would love to start a permanent housing program in Mitchell’s Plain for the homeless, abused and abandoned.
Photographer: Eugene du Plessis from Take My Hand NPC | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Chelsea de Beer
Type of Cause:Community, Counselling, Housing, Vulnerable Children, Welfare