Organisational Background /Profile

In 1972 members of the Green Point community decided to address the problem of

vagrancy in Cape Town.  In 1978 the first Haven Night Shelter was officially opened

in Somerset Road, Green Point . The Haven provided cheap overnight accommodation for vagrants, protection against the adverse weather conditions and protection against crime.


In 1985 cottages were purchased in Aberdeen Street, Woodstock.  This gave birth to

the second phase of the Haven Night Shelter Organisation, which became known as Haven Homes.  At that stage the home was only able to accommodate twenty nine homeless persons.


By means of public donations, Haven Homes was later able to erect a block of flats in Essex Street, Woodstock which would include a frail care centre.  The home is now 25 Years  old.

Haven Homes was officially registered as an old age home in 1996.  This resulted in a decline in interdependency between the Haven Night Shelter Organisation and Haven Homes.

Goaland Objectives of Haven Home

  • To provide health care services to the frail, in an effort to improve physical and mental health.

  • To render professional lay counselling services to uplift and empower clients to self actualization and self sufficiency 

  • To establish participative practices in rehabilitation in conjunction with Clients, their families and the community

  • To highlight and advocate for the plight of the destitute in general, to maintain effective and efficient management practices in the financial and human resources section of the Organisation


Project Details


The project is managed by the manager,  a resident’s committee consisting of ten members elected by the residents and eight committee (three females and five males) elected by the community.  The management committee members are:

Jenny Harpur (Chairperson), Mr Robin Gillfillan (Vice Chairperson), Professor Chris Winberg (Secretary), Mr Spiro Mitchell (Treasurer), Mrs Alphedine Adams (Business entrepreneur), Mr Alphonse Louw (Local School Principal), Mrs Alexander Hill (Business Women)and Mr John Cupido (Retired).