The Happy Valley Shelter in Simon’s Town provides accommodation and food for adults who have lost their homes due to financial pressure, personal tragedy or drug addiction. Residents generally stay for an average of 6 months, during which time the staff at Happy Valley assist them with rehabilitation by addressing substance abuse, re-uniting them with their families, helping re-instate their pension and or medical aid cover or by moving them on to more permanent accommodation. In addition, the shelter runs a daily soup kitchen that feeds between 30 and 50 people.
They are in need of toiletries and all old clothing, bedding and towels will be most welcome. These items can be delivered personally to Happy Valley during office hours.
Happy Valley has been in operation since June 1996 and was begun by a joint effort on the part of the magistrate of Simon’s Town, Mr Duraan, and the churches in the area and it is part of the large network of shelters across the Cape.
Some of the local churches take turns to conduct a service at Happy Valley once a month. The Happy Valley Committee warmly invites members of the congregations to attend and pray for the residents.