Turning the spotlight on Woodstock for Mandela Day 2015

Street Art image of Nelson Mandela in Woodstock, Cape Town

Woodstock’s revival has been under the spotlight in recent years with the likes of the BBC and New York Times having published positive articles on the area’s redevelopment, encouraging international tourists to pay a visit during their stay in Cape Town. This historic suburb borders the Cape Town CBD outbound and is now home to some of The Mother City’s top restaurants, established galleries, design studios and major advertising agencies such as Ogilvy and Mather.  Indeed, opportunity now presents itself in many ways to local residents more so than ever before.

With Woodstock in short distance of the Baker Street Properties head office, we thought it well to feature two local non-profit organizations on Mandela Day 2015 who we contribute our time and resources to. We are inspired by their work and investment into the area’s further development and what they do:

The Haven Night Shelter

Well-known across South Africa, the Haven Night Shelter also has a local operation in the Woodstock area on 24 Dublin Street. With a focus on rehabilitation and a mission to reintegrate the homeless back into society, the shelter partners with local welfare bodies, businesses, government and authorities to alleviate destitution. The shelter furthermore employs fieldworkers to get people off the street and back into a home.

St Anne’s Homes

Operating from 48 Balfour Street in Woodstock, the local shelter of St Anne’s Homes focuses on the empowerment of destitute and disadvantaged mothers and children. The shelter is run by nine staff members and a managerial committee selected on the basis of their ability, involvement and positive contribution. Enabling disadvantaged women and children to become independent and self-sufficient is one of the organization’s main goals.

With the Western Cape currently engulfed by a severe cold front, Baker Street Properties has contributed additional blankets to the Haven Night Shelter for the weekend ahead and encourages our neighbours to contribute for the remainder of the winter months.

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