Join our mission to equip people with skills to overcome homelessness

“The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the nations”

– Revelation 22:2

What is the
Challenge of Homelessness?


South Africans face one of the worst unemployment rates globally. Our youth are growing up in communities with limited opportunities for education and future employment, and many of our youth turn to gangs and addiction. This puts many on to the streets or at risk of homelessness.

The longer someone remains homeless the harder it is for them to forge a pathway out of homelessness. And it costs less to give someone a future, than it costs to maintain someone on the street.

A 2019 study into the cost of homelessness in Cape Town found:

Homeless in Cape Town


Experience Chronic Homelessness

Average years on the street

How do you overcome

We exist to create an effective life change pathway accessible to every person experiencing homelessness.
Over the last 25 years, we have crafted an innovative skills based programme designed by a multidisciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Social workers, homeless support workers, counsellors, trainers and life coaches.

The programme is Christian faith based, with long term results for rehabilitation and reintegration.

Basic needs for homeless
Phase 1 –
Homeless Support Centre

People access basic needs such as meals, clothing and ablutions through vouchers, removing money from the streets.

rehabilitation for homeless
Phase 2 –

When ready, people access therapy and rehabilitation, with shelter. U-turn has a 70% successful rehabilitation rate.

Phase 3 –

Phase 3 Champions access work opportunities at U-turn social enterprises, skills training and ongoing therapy.

Employment for Homeless
Phase 4 – Independent

Champions securing open-labor work and join a peer-led support group. 80% of graduates remain employed and sober.

Our Impact


Our programme is a patient rehabilitation and skills development. On average it takes two years for Champions on our Phase 3 Work-Readiness progamme to graduate into independent, open-labor market employment.

6 months after graduating, we follow up with our graduates, below are results from the programme’s impact for the last 5 years…


Remain Sober


Remain Employed


Remain Housed

Annual Reports






For Annual Reports older than 2019, please get in touch with us.

In the Media

Cape Argus: ‘Merry-go-round to nowhere’: Homeless shelter in District Six scrapped

November 21, 2023

Cape Town – An about-turn on a proposal to establish an additional homeless shelter in District Six has been described as a “merry-go-round to nowhere”, as the metro experienced an uphill battle to alleviate homelessness.

Bizcommunity: One of Cape Town’s few free rehab centres has closed its doors to adults

December 27, 2023

The Kensington Treatment Centre, one of few in-patient rehabilitation centres in Cape Town, has stopped accepting adults because of financial constraints….

Cape Times: Helping homeless get back their lives

January 10, 2023

Your well-intended cash handout to a homeless person does not address the underlying social problems that cause begging. A cash handout in response to street solicitation is probably one of the main…


U-turn runs social enterprises providing over 150 champions on Phase 3 Work-Readiness with work opportunities, on-the-job training, stipends, shelter, food, transport, life skills, therapy and relapse prevention.

Champions learn retail skills, endemic gardening, building and maintenance, or web development and coding.

By supporting these businesses, you help to get South Africa working.


Building and maintenance for houses, complexes and business.


Charity Shops

Preloved clothing and goods sold in carefully styled thrift stores (and one vintage bus)

See our secondhand shops

Connect Solutions

Digital consultancy agency offering web development and Salesforce solutions.



Endemic nursery and gardening service based in Claremont, Cape Town.


Mi-change Vouchers

Homeless vouchers providing services, support and rehabilitation.


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