Celebrating and Supporting the Pride Shelter in Cape Town
In April, the Pride Shelter Trust marks the eighth anniversary of the opening of the Africa’s first autonomous shelter and crisis centre for LGBTI+ people in Oranjezicht, Cape Town. The facility provides a safe, nurturing and semi-structured environment for people in crisis needing temporary shelter. It also offers an impetus to help people get their lives back on track. This facility has come to the assistance of South African residents as well as refugees from other African countries who do not enjoy the rights and protections offered to LGBTI+ people by our unique and progressive Constitution.
To celebrate its birthday and as part of its ongoing fundraising activities, the Shelter will be hosting a Market Day at its premises at 1 Molteno Rd in Oranjezicht on Saturday 6th April, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. These Market Days have proved to be very popular in the past with lots of bargains to be found. There will be a raffle with some great prizes, including vouchers for a night out at Beefcakes, a Spa Treatment at the Glen Hotel and 2 nights at the Belair Manor and Cottage. There will be a range of live entertainment. Back on stage will be Khayelitsha-based Mmino Melodies, who fuse African pop, Afro soul disco and Mbhaqanga jams with a twist of reggae. Singer Josh B will also be performing. Food and drink will be available and entry is free.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/348910792387949/
As a community initiative, the pride Shelter needs support from the community it serves. Here’s what you need to know about this very amazing facility.
What is the Pride Shelter Trust?
The Pride Shelter Trust is a Non-Profit Organisation aimed at, but not limited to, assisting those who form part of the LGBTI+ Community of South Africa when they face times of crisis in their lives. The Trust’s mission is to raise funds for and manage the Pride Shelter, offering short-term accommodation to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community of greater Cape Town and beyond in time of need.
So what exactly happens at the Pride Shelter?
Essentially the Pride Shelter is a short-term residential facility providing supportive services within a safe environment to LGBTI+ individuals who have experienced or continue to experience a crisis and/or trauma, especially in the context of homo/trans prejudice, which includes, stigma, discrimination, gender-based violence, xenophobia and sudden homelessness and who need shelter and psycho-social care during the crisis and/or trauma.
What are these services?
• An affirming, non-judgmental short-term residential environment for 21 persons
• Individual and group lay counselling offered by the Community Mental Health Coordinator and/or counselling student interns under the supervision of a registered Mental Health Consultant.
• Regular referrals to relevant organisations and medical institutions.
• Resident House Manager and Caretaker.
• Two meals per day.
• Two shared computers with internet access.
• Educational workshops that cover psycho-social topics, workplace readiness, personal finance and well-being.
• Volunteer-led talks/workshops/activities with an empowerment focus (when available)
What else does the Pride Shelter Trust do?
The core of Pride Shelter’s mission is support to the broader and diverse LGBTI+ community as a whole, specifically with a value base of acceptance, non-discrimination and the equal rights of all persons regardless of race, gender, gender-non conformity, bodily diversity, sexual orientation, class, faith, and age. As well as its basic services, the Pride Shelter Trust also aims to:
- Provide support to the broader LGBTI+ community, especially in the context of homo-prejudice, stigma and human rights abuse.
- Network with civil society and state organisations ensuring LGBTI+ concerns are raised in relevant contexts and that non-discriminatory policies are adhered to.
- Liaise and network for a broader base of community engagement in the context of human and mental health rights for the LGBTI+ communities in South Africa.
How the Pride Shelter is supported
The Pride Shelter Trust does not receive any funding from the City of Cape Town or the National Government. However the City of Cape Town supports by providing the house in Molteno Rd at a nominal rent and maintains the exterior of the building. So the Trust relies on monetary donations from individuals and organisations to continue their work.
The Pride Shelter Trust is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO No. 140-558), and Public Benefit Organisation so any monetary donation made will be tax deductible. For details of how to help financially please click https://www.pridesheltertrust.com/donate.html
The Shelter also undertakes other fundraising initiatives such as the popular market days. Donations of any unwanted items in good condition such as clothing, books, CDs, DVDs, bric-a-brac, ornaments, household items and kitchenware are most welcome.