[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our thanks to Justin Green from Rawson Properties for this guest blog post.

The strength of a community is often measured by how we assist and uplift the most vulnerable. Rawson Properties supports a wide range of community projects, and partnering with U-turn made good sense because it is driven by the same values that guide Rawson Properties:

  1. Goodness – forging relationships and building neighborhoods
  2. Family – working with each other for each other
  3. Excellence – doing our best work every day
  4. Service – doing the small things like they’re big things
  5. Bravery – being the first to take the leap

Over 21 years, U-turn has crafted a rehabilitation and skills development programme for our poorest. The people they serve often face daunting developmental hurdles. However, using robust systems to continually refine and deliver excellent service has resulted in outcomes that are long term and are helping to turn the tide on homelessness in Cape Town, for healthier neighborhoods. It is a programme that is hinged on good relationships with the community who purchase vouchers and donate clothing.

Cities across the world are seeing rapid urbanization that can often outstrip the infrastructure and capacity, and the impact of this is seen in increased homelessness, drug addiction and unemployment.  It is one of the greatest challenges we face, not just in South Africa but globally, and is highlighted by UN Sustainable Development Goals calling for sustainable cities.

We are all affected by homelessness and unemployment. Collectively we need to think strategically beyond short term measures and invest in solutions that are lasting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]