Social development and upliftment are a priority for the VRCID.  With the growing number of homeless and jobless people, the VRCID appointed a full-time Social Development Manager (registered Social Worker) and 2 Field Workers to liaise with especially the homeless on a daily basis. Together with our partners, MES, The Haven, Tygerberg Street Peoples Association amongst others, we provide funding for them to provide much-needed services.

These services include, amongst others, family reunifications, application for social grants, applications for identity documents, basic health services and also assisting with short-term shelter.

Together with the City of Cape Town Social Development department, the VRCID actively promotes the GIVE RESPONSIBLY campaign. This is an awareness campaign to raise awareness that simply by giving to those begging on the streets, might not have the desired effect. In many instances, this money is used to buy alcohol or drugs. We would rather the public to give of their time and money to NGO’s that the VRCID works with.

Social Development team

Wilma Piek: Social Development ManagerJacque Pietersen: FieldworkerVeronica Geduld: Fieldworker
Wilma graduated from the University of the Free State with a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences (Social Work) and has been the Social Development Manager of the VRCID, since July 2012.  She has vast experience in general Social Work.  She piloted a residential development programme for destitute young adults, while working for Echo Youth Development in Pretoria and gained valuable insight in the plight of the homeless while working with the children of destitute and poverty stricken parents at the Ark Christian School, before joining the VRCID. Wilma also serves on the Boards of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum and Tygerberg Association of Street People.

083 294 3667

Wilma.Piek@vrcid.co.za

Prior to joining the VRCID in 2016Jacque worked for TASP (Tygerberg Association for Street People) and MES in Bellville.  Before joining the street people sector, Jacque travelled the world, while working as a chef at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line International. Jacque’s passion is to assist the people living on the street effectively and with compassion.  He is currently studying to become a qualified Social Auxiliary Worker.  Jacque is currently a Field Worker at the VRCID.

063 695 0287

Jacque.Pietersen@vrcid.co.za

Veronica, a trained carer, worked with the frail and elderly, before joining OASIS and later MES as a Field Worker.  She has been working for the VRCID as fieldworker since July 2016.  Her experience as a carer assists the VRCID greatly to help people living on the street who need medical assistance.

063 695 0294

Veronica.Geduld@vrcid.co.za

Awards

Organisations

Please support the organisations in our area who deal with people living on the streets on a daily basis, which are:

TASP (Tygerberg Association for Street People)

Assessment & Referral Centre

Charl Malan Street

Bellville

Tel:  021-948 5399

tasp@iafrica.com

MES

Training & Development & 2nd Phase accommodation

3 Davies Street

Bellville

www.mes.org.za

Straatwerk, Ophelp Projects

Job Rehabilitation:  Ophelp

Hannes van der Merwe

Cell:  072 607 4508

www.straatwerk.org.za

Street Adults

Bellville Haven Night Shelter

Michelle Nissen

Tel:  021-949 1939

michelle.nissen@haven.org.za

Elim Nightshelter

Third Avenue

Elsiesrivier

Carlos

Tel:  021-591 2824

elimnightshelter@telkomsa.net

Dusk to Dawn Shelter for Abused Woman & Children

127 Cristian Street

Ravensmead

Sonja/Monnica Hoorn

Tel:  021-931 3622/084 749 2965

The Ark City of Refuge

5 Old Faure Road

Faure

Past. Jack Mahoney

Tel:  021-843 3927 or 082 787 5993

Street Children

Western Cape Street Children’s Forum

Paul Hooper

Tel:  021-685 3942

hooper@cybersmart.co.za

www.wcscf.co.za

City of Cape Town

Give Responsibly Campaign

Toll-free number to report Homeless Person in need of assistance:  0800 872 201

www.capetown.gov.za

SocialDevelopment@capetown.gov.za