<![CDATA[Circle of Compassion - BLOG HOMELESS EVENTS]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2023 14:32:32 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[xmas 2022 street food and other giftS (dedicated to the late  INY Kafiluddi)]]>Sat, 24 Dec 2022 11:43:51 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/xmas-2022-street-food-and-other-gift-dedicated-to-the-late-kafiluddi
1/ Purchases with fund dedicated to the late  Iny Kafiluddi:
cardies 20 gift bags R221
food lovers 20 packs of apples R339
foodeez 2 peanut butter and 20 packs biscuits R340
​pick n pay 20 deodorants R498.79
p pay 20 packs of 3 pairs socks each R1119.84
2/ staple Foods from www.rokpa.org fro our monthly fund from their sponsorship
Instant nd normal Porridge.Tea, Sugar 
(see photos and receipts from  fund below 

<![CDATA[VEGETABLE GROWING , MOTHER EARTHS VISION, LEADERSHIP, HUMILITY AND A HOMELESS INVITATION TO YOU from  faizel and friends and casual labourers a]]>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:33:21 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/vegetable-growing-mother-earths-vision-leadership-humility-and-a-homeless-invitation-to-you
Perhaps you have never considered one day casual labourer or homeless workers might feed your family for free?  That they have more drive and will to make a success of it than most of us?

We seem to be learning that the earth is still ready to feed us for free. she does not require much in return .Nothing in fact. but for those that have lost a home mother earth would allow people  , anyone at all in fact, to build a home anywhere but us humans are another matter.
Nevertheless when a person becomes homeless she does the best she can , still better than our civilised society.

In any case that may take awhile in human evolution still but meantime faizel and friends have an offer to open your heart , for free, in way several years ago people on the street opend my heart with the gratitude and example of the lives they lead.

over the last few days talking to faizel and others somewhere between plumstead and simonstown where they live a humble existence , who we have supported in limited ways for many years, (homeless people mostly prefer their location private) I was again impressed by resourcefulness, courage and leadership which in varying degrees homeless people have in often far greater abundance than homed poeple which wuld be my only beacn of hope were i to becme homeless one day. . thats what i have learnt in the last 5 years.

it is summer and well this is heaven for homeless folk but the winter the hell comes up on soon . talking to faizel over the last  few days one some qualities jumped out at me .. equanimity, resourcefulness and leadership. Life will show us our teachers in life in the most unexpected situations when we become open to it ..it could be that faizel and his buddies all 14 000 we are told homeless and far more casual labouriers out of work are teaching us as city humility and vision. technical skills to grow be vegetables are one thing but growng them when life seems to have come to total dead end is another.perhas you have never cnsidered one day casual laboutier or homless workers might feed your family for free?

homeless people HAVE NEVER wanted handouts, they want to grow their own food and its started on our neck of the woods ,nor do casual labouriers who we see forced to now beg sadly on the side . in our other project Casual Labourers and Family Support Project 
facebook here thank you Ghalema Easton and @kevin denton who have embodied that vision Creating EDEN for passing on wonderful skills to initate this project.and any ongoing help With headstarts like you its easy !

HOUSING For HOMELESS and modest income

its our belief , since we have engaged in that for a long time and with support have homed some indiviudals,  some successfully,  some not, that this will also house a few people in hwoever humble abodes  to,  in our plans to structure it and ..or pay a little gas to cook meals in capricorn hillview steenberg etc.
instead of being forced to make fires to cook ( not even possible in wnter) . Of  he 12  soup kitchens we deliver food to (see current report ) some have no gas at times. and cook on fires occasionally.

we are exploring the linkups  and keen to find sponsors but even more important, volunteers . it wil be planned metiiculously with trusted people like we try to do whatever we do ...if you or your organisation have a record of helping people who are vulnerable on the street ,,,and you understand their needs or would like to better and prhaps mentoring and support to one vulnerable person located near you.. or just if you want to establish synchronicity, feel free to  contact us here

<![CDATA[Jason needs food showers at haven and work]]>Thu, 04 Jul 2019 02:52:45 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/jason-need-food-showers-at-haven-and-work
Thanks to the generosity of jonathan stockton to , JASON in video, using  HAVEN FOOD AND SHOWER TICKETS we had kindly donated, Jason attended kalk bay haven and had two meals and shows this week but sadly can continue ONLY whilst we have funds

But he is one of MANY ,all over the peninsula who want and need food and who are hungry. We called THULI the social workers there and she confirmed he had attned 2 meals and shwoers -It seems he will want to continue this for some time but it puts us in quandry as we simply dont have the funds for just one person on long term basis.

However we would consider setting up a special fund if the public reuested for him.

When people arrive at haven KALK BAY we have advised Thuli soc worker if they ask for tickets we will try to pay for them if she just gives us a call.

However as we have said how many we can help depends on our local communities generosity

Unfortunely this wasnt a safe space to video and I could not continue - we also did a second video but he exposed his safe sleeping placeso we have not published it .  Of course Jason could benefit rom  many other types of empathy services. He is highly anxious as anyone would be livingon the street  and still relatively new ( 6 months ) to the danger on ths street.

What a pity no shelters can help him right now. Or can they? We appeal to shelter to see this and help too.It seems Kalk Bay Haven winter program is now full.


We are ALWAYS too low on funds to supply the many requests we get
<![CDATA[LOVE IS Food Haven food tickets CLOTHES and BLANKETS SHELTER and JOy. Acceptance comes before moving on.  Muizenburg]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:54:19 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/may-25th-2019-food-outreach-clothes-and-blankets-and-love-at-muizenburg40 Blankets from rokpa bring winter joy !! ....One is humbled by how much joy a simple blanket can give joy , it not being in our experience to understand the levels of cold in the body these brave folk are exposed to .thanks you for your wonderful donation ROKPA INTERNATIONAL CHARITY
On May 25 Jennifer rands Peter van Heusden and his daughter and Deon Pretorius kindly helped distribute womens clothes colled by Fiona Pattersen from  Diep River and Mens clothes from in Ottery . These took real time and effort to collect and as youll see in the gallery of pictures everyone was so very grateful.



To a  hunge ry or cold person the first step is one of simple love .To a hungry person food is love. To a cold person the gift of blanket is love. Our motto reflect that of Ann Franks. " hunger is not a problem it an obscenity"

We also try and maintain relationships throughout the shelter journey and in a very small way with small handful of individuals within our small capacity, to a home one day see www.secondfamily.org.za

the truth is we didnt have enough clothes espcially certain type of clothes. We didnt have nearly enough Food (cureenlty whilst ROKPA kindly helps with blankets raincoats Food nor clothes is not possible ) .Please support our FOOD PACK AND FOOD TICKET HAVEN PROJECT HERE
and read Hunger statistics here

RAIN and COLD then yesterday 26/06 we started handing out ponchos raincoats also donated by www.rokpa.org.za in p reparation for the rains coming in 2 days time and so much more expected over winter
We have built up relationship through out personal one on one trips in a car to kalk bay shel;ter and gradually made headway encouraging oeple to take (very limited opporunities ot find shelter ) and or counselling with social workers .see our journey shelter project .To a  hunge ry or cold person the first step is one of simple love .To a hungry person food is love.To a cold person the gift of blanket is love. Our motto reflect that of Ann Frank "
We also try and maintina relatiopnships throughout the shelter journey to a hiome one day see www.secondfamily.org.za
<![CDATA[March 14 17th and 19th - 2019 food packs outreach and haven tickets]]>Sun, 17 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/march-14-17th-and-19th-2019-food-packs-outreach-and-haven-tickets
Some of the havent food ticket drop offs we did at Fish hoek and kalk bay  and wonderful rooties made by F Grace lin given to the Haven kalk bay for a supper and some of Graces and An anonymous  donors food packs in the kirstenhof area.........

always lovely to see faces soften and momentary respite at least......thanks again to everyone for your generosity

we really appreciate the HAVEN food ticket and FOOD OUTEACH donations  that help us keep doing this. please  
CLICK HERE~ to donate
CLICK-HERE to See bank Statements
CLICK HERE to see other stories from our haven lunch blog

<![CDATA[the unseen of glencairn and fish hoek]]>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/the-unseen-of-glencairn-and-fish-hoekPicture
 Thinking of 3 people I met some weeks back when driving to Fish hoek, it is day that will stand out in my memory a long time .
Firstly I came across an older retired gentleman I knew who was reading a book near  the fish hoek station .....the concept of retiring living on the street is some what tragic considering the danger, cold and winter nights but since places in  the very few state subsidised retirement homes  like abbeyfield only become available when people pass on, the waiting list stretches from what one understands for years and years.
 He did not want to come or lunch at the Haven but thank to our donors I had some clothes he needed as , in an all too familiar story , his clothes had beeen stolen ( again ) One cannot carry bags around all day so without a safe space and lockers this is an all too common occurence.

I then came across a wonderful guy perhaps in his 40s. His movement were extremely  difficult and coordination too. affecting his speech walking and any movement really. As then when met him I feel the same now writing this ...simply no words that so many area abondoned on the stareetb in this coundition. Shelters cannot take such people but hardly any others places of safety exist. However there i was light in his eyes oince simply does not forgot. Nevertheless he was hungry and joined me in the car .......to go to lunch at Kalk Bay haven

On the way we picked up another gentleman in his 70s walking very slowly due to age . Sadly he too was hungry.......It turned out that he was from glencairn  ( quite a few kilometres walk from fish hoek for a person of his age and condition) and in fact had a place to stay which He was about to lose . A kind person had offerred at the bottom of thier garden but were now selling their house ..It was too unimaginable  one senses that he might be on the street soon in his frail condition but  a reality one becomes more familiar with if one looks around enough sadly
His main concern understandably was if he could get a lift back.

The haven that day was pretty busy but we useda few tickets to pay for lunch . We then made our way back to fish hoek and then glencairm where I tracvelled up one of the longest steepest hills in cape town oprobably .....the gentlemans place was at the very top.....It staggered me thinking of how long it would take him to climb that hill. I gave him my no in case one cojuld offer more help re shelter though that is for another article. He took it but some thign told me I would not hear from him again.

It was one of those days when ones mind goes very quiet. Contemplating such sadness as one must.

 it was nice as usual to also pass on haven tickets to other people  tickets for the week and those we met on the way  to go lunch  for the week.

we really appreciate the HAVEN food ticket and FOOD OUTEACH donations  that help us keep doing this. please  
CLICK HERE~ to donate
CLICK-HERE to See bank Statements
CLICK HERE to see other stories from our haven lunch blog

<![CDATA[SomethingS are difficult to talk about]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/something-are-difficult-to-talk-about
 I met someone in lakeside on the way to haven for lunch at the haven and invited him along .He was at a bin looking for food. A man with real dignity but finding himself in a extremely difficult sitaaion it turned. He had come from tulbagh a few days back.

we went for lunch at the Haven (he is the fellow on the right in the picture )  The local Muizenburg homeless people 3 of whom, joined me this day for lunch didnt know him .

There was some thing of shocked look in his face and  one had the sense he hadnt been on the street a while

He told me he had come form tulbagh where there was no work hoping to find it in cape town.
.and in fact had walked the entire way, sleeping on the street on the way from Milnterton side.

Because it sounded so totally foreign to anything I had remotely expereinced my life, i too was shocked and as usual one goes inot a kind of denial as if it cant possibly true when the facts are so horrendous..


Plus the fact that he was very forthcoming when I asked questions but that clearly I could see was He was kind of in shock.

In any case he just wanted to go back to Tulbagh and wanted  money for train ticket

I suspended my disbelief..because yes some times its tough to now when one is getting as story or not.  We went to muizenburg train station and i bought  ticket. As soon as it passed hands he had this look of extreme urgency and beetled to the stations platform as fast as he could.

I felt a little ashamed tht I had even doubted his need.

we really appreciate the HAVEN food ticket and FOOD OUTEACH donations  that help us keep doing this. please  
CLICK HERE~ to donate
CLICK-HERE to See bank Statements
CLICK HERE to see other stories from our haven lunch blog

<![CDATA[Christmas day lunch Muizenburg and outreach fishoek to to kirstenhof  2018 and Cake for the Haven]]>Tue, 25 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/christmas-day-lunch-muizenburg-and-outreach-fishoek-to-to-kirstenhof-2018-and-cake-for-the-haven
Christmas Lunch 25th in Muizenburg Park.and outreach to lakeside kirstenhof fish hoek
We were reminded again how those with so little have so much gratitude for each meal. Blessed are the humble and we thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Our Donors and volunteers ( Nathan Swart with his brother and friend came all the way from Greenpoint. Peter Van Heusden Provided one of the meals with a real live soup kitchen table to boot together with . @elizabeth storeys wonderful burger and veges meals enabling us to serve 2 hot meals
As well as via both food packs Donors Froula Van Zyl Jennifer Rands Wendy Purdon (and her friend Daisy Den who made 15 undergarments ) all in all enabled us ot serve 2 hot meals to each and to a total of R2424 packs were nothing short of amazing and gave 25 people food for several days for change. . Its tough to get your life together looking in bins ( as one of the gentlmen we found doing when we handed his lunch to him which was kinda sad on xmas day) or begging and even toughter on xmas day Karen Marais made an awesome huge cake for christmas day luch for th Haven Kalk bay as well ,,later we tooK food around lakeside fish hoek and kirstenhof too with more food donated by Grace Lin and her husband from Milnerton. We know its a small drop in the oceans of the communities kindness throughout the year so thank you so much to all of you too. In the comments we have thank you message video from one of the lovely people we spent a little time with.
<![CDATA[Meeting Mark and old friends.]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:29:14 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/meeting-mark-and-old-friends
Mark , Laetitia Fernando and Rushana came to lunch today friday 19 october. I had met Mark a long time back and today he was with fernando . Just because mark is different i have to admit I was worried a little but off we went.
Mark is on a disability grant and unable to handle money. His sister with her kids helps him but mark still prefers to sleep on the street. Having a speech defect and problems with muscular coordination and being on the street. It left me with no words.

It was clear Mark would not see a social worker, but it seemed to me Mark has all his faculties but sometimes its so much  physical mannerisms and speech defects how we  define each other.

Fernanado has enough problems of his own but maintains a unconditional acceptance of mark in a way which, together with his homlessness and other difficulties few would be prepared to give Mark the tme of day

we really appreciate the HAVEN food ticket and FOOD OUTEACH donations  that help us keep doing this. please  
CLICK HERE~ to donate
CLICK-HERE to See bank Statements
CLICK HERE to see other stories from our haven lunch blog

At some level this registered with me once again, knowing more about fernando as i do too..it registered to me that we are simply not better in any way than anyone else.

It takes people like fernando to remind me of that now and then. But few take the opportunity to meet and talk if one looks a certain way , instead categorising all poeple as kind of the same.

 I take people in my car back and forth every week. There is nothing to fear . Quite the opposite. It is lesson in humility for me I am extremely grateful for.

Thank you people on the street and Isaac at the Haven for giving us this day of acceptance together. Really. Thank you.
<![CDATA[fishermans tales : CLIMATE CHANGE PORT NOLLOTH KALK BAY HAVEN LUNCH 19 SEPTEMBER]]>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:34:20 GMThttp://homelessfriends.org.za/blog-homeless-events1/fishermans-tales-climate-change-port-nolloth-kalk-bay-haven-lunch-19-septemberPicture