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U-TURN EQUIPS PEOPLE WITH SKILLS TO OVERCOME HOMELESSNESS

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ABOUT US

U-turn is a registered Christian NGO with headquarters in Cape Town (registered NPO 029-116-NPO and Public Benefit Organisation 930003854 with a BBBEE level 1 and with a UK Stewardship number 234714 for donations from the UK) .

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We have crafted an innovative skills based programme designed by occupational therapists, that is Christian faith based including Bible Study, Biblical counselling and Fellowship, with long term results for rehabilitation and reintegration. Six months after graduating from the programme, more than 80% of participants remain employed and sober.

Our phased programme

Starts with basic needs relief, like food and clothing, available at our First Phase Service Centre. It continues on to Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Support, and finally culminates in a work-based learnership that lasts on average 19 months, called the “Life Change” programme, which nurtures an individual’s personal and vocational skills, as well as relapse prevention.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1623170894031{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”]The Life Change programme

Is the heart of U-turn’s skills development model and offers work-placement at one of our Charity shops, our laundry or at our First Phase Service Centre. The shops are managed from the top down by formerly homeless individuals, providing on-th-job learning of merchandising, stock taking, customer service and other skills. Participants also access weekly occupational therapy, relapse prevention and formal training in English, literacy, IT, as well as accredited business management for selected participants.

Participants graduate into the open labour market. Our results are positive and long-term. Take a look at our Annual Report.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Annual Report” style=”custom” custom_background=”#99cc00″ custom_text=”#000000″ link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fhomeless.org.za%2Fwhat-we-do%2F%23u-turn-in-numbers|||”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1623160229893{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content_no_spaces” css=”.vc_custom_1626201026741{background-color: #84bd00 !important;}” el_id=”innovation”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

U-TURN : Innovation

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We use a cashless vouchers system entitling the holder to a meal or clothing. Importantly it is a ticket to support services and activities to ignite motivation for change.

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We work alongside the people we serve,  enabling us to subsidise stipends and for them to serve others still living on the streets.

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We pioneered occupational therapy for the homeless in Cape Town to establish practical tools to overcome life challenges.

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Nearly half of our income is self-generated through social enterprises such as our software consultancy agency to other NPOs, called Connect Consulting,  and retail businesses.

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Jean-Ray Knighton-Fitt 

Director U-Turn

Jean-Ray first encountered U-turn in 2004 while working to assist street children in Cape Town. His interest in U-turn’s unique approach to the challenge of homelessness made him keep tabs on the Ministry’s growth over the years. “U-turn is an incredible organisation with a great vision and I am proud to take the helm from Sam who, along with a skilled and dedicated staff team, did a fantastic job in building U-turn into what it is today. I intend to continue building on the vision and to expand vital services and rehabilitation for the homeless not just in Cape Town, but throughout South Africa and other parts of the world. “[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”PA – Jacquie Besselaar” tab_id=”1623230086681-7e52cd92-7d1e”][vc_column_text]

Jacquie Beselaar

Personal Assistant to Director

Jacquie started working at U-turn in 2013 as support to the CEO after working as a teacher and then in admin for many years. “I love working at U-turn…there is never a dull moment and I feel constantly inspired by the incredible change and hope I have seen in the people who move through U-turn’s programmes as they choose to leave addiction and homelessness behind.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Operations – Jonathan Hopkins” tab_id=”1623231766013-ff0cdddd-9a0c”][vc_column_text]

Jonathan Hopkins

Chief Operations Officer

Jon started working at U-turn in 2016. Before joining U-turn he spent 9 years in the HIV sector working for an international organisation based in London building the capacity of non-profit organisations all over the world. He has also spent time working with the UN in Swaziland and as a primary school teacher in Tanzania.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Finance – Aldrin Brooks” tab_id=”1623234606506-b1fbb053-7729″][vc_column_text]

Aldrin Brooks

Chief Financial Officer

Aldrin has joined U-turn towards the middle of 2021. His role at U-turn is to steward over the finances of the organisation. Prior to joining U-turn, he spend 6 years heading up the finances in an international Christian broadcaster in Africa and the last two years in one of South Africa’s biggest retailers. What excites him daily, is that we are able to make a lasting impact in the lives of those in need, every time we act with purpose. He’s looking forward to many more lives being transformed, by the grace of God.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Communications – Rowen Ravera” tab_id=”1623235032967-3265dc11-3467″][vc_column_text]

Rowen Ravera-Bauer

Chief Communications Officer

Rowen joined U-turn in 2017, after supporting the organisation for several years by purchasing U-turn vouchers while living in Claremont. She has worked both internationally and locally for large and small NGOs including the United Nations World Food Programme, providing strategic communications for partnership and resource development. Rowen is motivated by the stories of transformation she’s seen while supporting and then working for U-turn. She would like to see many more stories.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Work Readiness – Lise van den Dool” tab_id=”1623234731727-0ec2d7de-49dc”][vc_column_text]

Lise van den Dool

Head of Work Readiness Programme

Lise completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Stellenbosch in 2008 and studied further in Addiction Care at UCT in 2013. She works strongly from the motivational approach and enjoys integrating Dialectical Behavioural Therapy techniques into addictions counselling. Lise leads a strong team of therapists seeing to the needs of our work-ready champions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Change Readiness – Damian Bosch” tab_id=”1623234818195-e4430b25-d842″][vc_column_text]

Damian Bosch

Head of Change Readiness Programme

Damian started working at U-turn in 2020. His role in U-turn is to oversee the Change Readiness Department. He is a occupational therapist and a graduate from the University of the Western Cape. “The main thing that I love about my job, is that I can be part of an organization and a group of individuals that practically implements the gospel of Jesus Christ, to help people overcome homelessness in a holistic way. “[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Retail Operations – Chris Dippenaar” tab_id=”1623234879248-4507f9cc-122d”][vc_column_text]

Chris Dippenaar

Retail Operations Manager

Chris started working at U-turn in 2019. His role in U-turn is to oversee our charity stores. “What inspires me is being able to do retail with Purpose helping change lives. “

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Hudson Mc Comb

Head of Retail Supply

Hudson started working at Uturn in 2018. He is responsible for Retail Support and Asset Management. “I enjoy the sense of common purpose, “can do” attitude and commitment to continuous reassessment of systems and functions in order to improve and innovate.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Connect Consulting – Annakie Gammon” tab_id=”1623317975257-e6f5bd0a-ffc7″][vc_column_text]

Annakie Gammon

Connect Consulting

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The Pedestrians are a young, multi- genre band based in Cape Town who believe that “charity begins at home’’. In 2019, they partnered with U-Turn as brand ambassadors leveraging their platform as performers to encourage our community to support long term solutions and eradicate homelessness.

Find out more Thepedestrians.co.za

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If you would like to find out more, please contact us.

U-turn is deeply grateful for the partners who make our work possible, including (but not limited to):[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1626768382379{padding-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5838″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://www.capetown.gov.za”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5840″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://mergon.co.za”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5836″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://austendundas.co.za”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5968″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://radiantlaw.com”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1626768343045{padding-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5844″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”http://www.cidc.co.za”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5842″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://companypartners.co.za”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5969″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”http://www.mid.org.za”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5970″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://www.pamgolding.co.za”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1626768343045{padding-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”5994″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://crateovclothes.com/”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1626201090678{background-color: #99cc00 !important;}” el_id=”media”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”U-TURN: in the media” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:32px|text_align:center|color:%23ffffff” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1623337361956{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_masonry_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”10″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1649152193156-fd446efe-e35e-4″ taxonomies=”31″][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1626201082701{background-color: #ffff00 !important;}” el_id=”awards”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”U-TURN: Awards” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:32px|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1623337335967{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}” el_id=”media”][vc_masonry_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”10″ element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1649152193156-b306787c-c57c-7″ taxonomies=”32″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”history”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”HISTORY” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:24px|text_align:center|color:%2399cc00″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1623239810508{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

1997 – Formation and the early years

U-turn was founded in 1997 by Colleen Lewis. Colleen wanted to make a difference to the homeless in her community. With a simple offer of food and a weekly bible study, she started the ministry at her home. When numbers grew beyond the neighbour’s tolerance levels, the weekly gathering was moved to St Stephens church in Claremont. St Stephens really helped the ministry to survive during our infancy years, providing office space, support and guidance. U-turn has maintained ties with St Stephens ever since.

2004 – 2008 A shelter and workshop in Claremont

In 2004 the work took a big step forward when, with the help of the Claremont Improvement District Company, a warehouse was hired from the City of Cape Town. U-turn developed the building into a centre that had accommodation for staff and male residents on the first floor with skills training workshops on the ground floor. Sadly this building was demolished in 2008 when the City built the Claremont Boulevard. The work was then moved to the Powerhouse.

2006 – U-Turn implements Salesforce – the birth of an information-driven organization

The move to establish U-turn as an information driven organization started in 2006 when we implemented Salesforce. This information system is used extensively throughout U-turn and impacts every aspect of our work. In time, we moved to capture all fundraising effort, client interaction & stakeholder information in the system and this is analysed to help us discern trends and forge new partnerships.

2007 – Work-based programmes start

In 2007, U-turn started our work-based rehabilitation programmes by tendering to clean graffiti in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. This allowed us to engage street people in work activities and we then used it as the start of our Social Enterprize efforts. We continued the graffiti removals work until 2012.

2008 – Powerhouse & Munchies cottage

When the Fir Street building was demolished, the city offered us an old disused electric switch station which we converted into our service centre. We named this building the Powerhouse due to the history as an electric power station as well as our desire to empower people. The City also offered us a small cottage a few blocks away called Munchies (after the former use as a fast food vendor). The latter was developed to be a small shelter for a few of the men that were enrolled on our programme and later became one of our charity stores.

2008 – Better M&E via DELSTAT™

In 2008, we customized Salesforce to accommodate all U-turn’s M&E data (Monitoring & Evaluation). This module is called DELSTAT (after Deliver Statistics) and in years to come proved so powerful that we started selling it to other non-profits through our Connect Consulting Social Enterprize.

2009 – OTs

U-turn pioneered the use of Occupational Therapists to rehabilitate homeless people.

2010 – A new HQ

Thanks to funding from the Lotto, we purchase our head quarters building in Kenilworth and move our offices out of St Stephens church.

2010 – Connect Consulting™ is born

Requests for our skills to implement Salesforce became so frequent that we decided to launch a social enterprize called Connect Consulting, that helps other NPOs to adopt Salesforce as their information system. The consultancy has been running successfully ever since.

2011 – The birth of U-Turn charity stores

We open our first charity store in Southfield thanks to a generous landlord that offered us the space rent free. This becomes our new employment vehicle by which we engage our homeless people.

2013 – 2016 More stores

Over the years we were pleased to be able to open more stores thus growing the number of P2 Life Change positions available for Street people.

2017 – Work to replicate U-Turn to other cities

Thanks to funding from Rawson (the estate agents) we start working formally on plans to replicate U-turn through a social franchise model. Once our preparation work is complete, we will advertise on this website. Register your interest to hear about this here.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_id=”awards” css=”.vc_custom_1579777594565{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][carousel_slide id=’322′][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]