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U-Turns' Goals

We are currently working on a number of business ambitions at U-Turn. Here is a summary of the 8 projects for you or your business to consider:

  • 100X Life Change positions
  • 10X U-Turn locations across South Africa
  • Powerhouse Expansion
  • Biometric Readers
  • City-wide NPO Collaboration
  • Warehouse for Laundry expansion
  • Mother City Homeless Campus
  • U-Turn Solution in new Local Areas

100X Life Change Positions

We are officially working on plans to grow the current rehab positions at U-turn’s life change positions to 100 positions! Given that each of these positions entails a 2-year engagement of the individual (on average), it means we have to substantially grow our social enterprises in order to enable this. The reason we set our sights on 100, is because we would like to help to empty an entire shelter’s worth of people every year. That would create much needed movement in the homelessness value chain. In order to create the above we are constantly exploring sustainable business opportunities in Cape Town that creates stimulating engagement for people who perform the work. If you have any business ideas / opportunities that satisfy those criteria, please be in contact with us.

10X U-Turn locations across South Africa

Our other main business ambition is to replicate U-turn to 10 other locations across South Africa in the next five years. We are currently codifying the U-turn operations and will eventually invite interested non-profits to apply to run the U-turn model in their location as a social franchise. The latter is different to a normal commercial franchise because it seeks to multiply impact, rather than profits as per normal commercial franchise models. Qualifying NPOs will then receive training, tools, and a lot of support to establish separate U-turn entities in their own location. If you would like to find out more about this, please get in contact.

Powerhouse Expansion to be able to work with more street people

In 2016, U-turn delivered over 13000 services to 940 unique individuals at our service centre in Claremont. As impressive as this was, we could have done more if we had more space! In the last half of the year our services were all running at capacity and we had to turn individuals away on a daily basis because could not accommodate more in our building. What a shame that street people who wants to receive help can’t access it due to a lack of space! Looking at the building though, there is huge opportunity to develop the building so that we can serve more people. The back part of the building lack a roof and walls and have trees growing out of it! We have drawn up plans on how we would like to develop this building and are currently seeking approval from the landlord (the City of Cape Town) for these plans. If you own a building company or could donate funds to help us with the expansion of this building, we would be extremely grateful for any support you can offer.

Biometric readers to enhance data capturing & client identification

We would like to enhance our record keeping system by adding biometric reader technology to it so that all staff and indeed any non-profit that use the system could identify clients using finger prints. The latter would reduce data capturing time, reduce duplicates in client data and also eliminate the possibility of fraudulent service deliver recording in the field.

If you have access to biometric reader technology or are able to fund us to develop the technology ourselves, we would be very keen to hear from you.

Citywide database to enable greater partnerships and collaboration between NGOs

We would like to see all street people charities working in the city to be able to share information with each other about who they are serving and in what way. This will enable charities to eliminate duplication of services amongst themselves and will also allow for effective referrals and case management. In order for this to happen we believe we need to create a city-wide database so that all services rendered in the sector can be visible to other authorised service providers. Various cities across the world have already built similar solutions and we would like to create that for Cape Town too.

In pursuit of this dream, U-turn created the DELSTAT M&E suite that sits on the Salesforce platform. This allows individual charities to capture client service delivery activities and also then shares a copy of this to a central database (called DELSTAT Central). The system as it stands already contains the major building blocks required for a citywide database. If we could bring this system to the other partners in Cape Town, we could significantly enhance service delivery to street people in the city! All this requires is funding so that 15 non-profits could adopt the system. To adopt the technology would cost approx. R80 000 –R120 000 per non-profit and this will also bring them the other benefits of a modern, state of the art CRM system, currently used by over 30 000 non-profits globally.

If you share the dream of better collaboration between non-profits and are able to provide funds so that other non-profits to adopt the technology, we would be very keen to hear from you.

A warehouse to facilitate laundry expansion continued growth

In order for us to achieve our 100 rehab positions in Cape Town, we need to grow our laundry and other business activities. Our current laundry cannot continue to grow in the head office building so we are officially looking for warehouse space somewhere between Govan Mbeki road, Epping Industria and Airport Industria. Voortrekker Road corridor or Athlone industria would be ideal to serve the existing shops that we have. Ideally the warehouse would be 5 x 500m2 units with some office space & parking too. Anyone who can help us secure this , whether they have funds to purchase or expertise to help us identify it, should please get in touch.

A Mother City Campus for the homeless to start services for the missing 5000 street people

Cape Town currently has 7500 homeless individuals of which only 2500 are in shelters! It means 5000 people are sleeping rough each night! Faced with this HUGE backlog of infrastructure and subsequent service delivery, we dreaming of a day when we could create a campus for homeless people where up to 120 individuals can live, receive training and work at the same time. We have drawn up plans that show that we would need approx. 4000m2 and R12m per annum to operate it. The businesses we would run on the premises would assist to keep the costs down and in time, will eliminate the need for on-going funding altogether. Anyone who can assist us to make this plan become a reality (eg you have industrial space in Cape Town, or you have substantial funds to help us to acquire the infrastructure) should please be in contact.

Expanding U-Turn services to new neighbourhoods in Cape Town.

In 2016, a community in Cape Town asked us to design a solution for homeless people in their area. We set to work and designed a solution that would have a capacity to engage 50 street people at a time. This solution included 1st phase work (ie a service centre) complete with support from the community, specialized Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation, as well as 2nd phase work ie work-based rehabilitation with Occupational therapists. Our calculations showed that the total cost to operate this solution each year would be R2.1m. Between the partner and U-turn we could generate R700 000 for the project but we still needed an additional R1.4m per annum before we could undertake such a project.

If you have approx. R1.8 – 2.1m and are interested to see if this solution can work in your area, or if you have approx. R1.4m to help us create the solution in the original area, please get in touch. The actual costs to operate in your area might well be reduced if we have a chance to explore what existing infrastructure is available.