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The Carpenter’s Shop

We believe that all people should have access to dignity and opportunities to change, through reuniting with families and reintegrating into society.

The Carpenter’s Shop serves homeless and vulnerable people and has as its vision ‘Dignity and Opportunities for Change.’

The Carpenter’s Shop was established in 1981. We are a registered non-profit organization and public benefit organization that enages in social investments to provide a range of services to vulnerable people, most of whom live on the city’s streets. We have been operating for more than 36 years from our premises at 14A Roeland Street, Cape Town and our services include social care, limited medical care, 2nd phase residential accommodation, skills development and training and enterprise development. In addition to the above, our aims are for our clients’ reunification with their families and, or reintegration into society.

Our flagship social enterprise, The Car Wash, offers professional car washing and valeting for the public at competitive prices. Unemployed people are trained and placed in commercial car washes with the aim of earning a minimum of R 3500 per month.

The Carpenter’s Shop is a registered nonprofit organization operating in Roeland Street in the heart of Cape Town. These facilities have been used for education by various groups of people down the years, but by The Carpenter’s Shop for the last 33 years.

The following is a list of current and planned services we provide to the unemployed people: • Vehicle washing, valeting and polishing skills • Business and entrepreneurial skills training • Life skills and job readiness training and the support of the social worker for all trainees. • We offer ablution facilities to the people living on the streets of Cape Town. This service is available from 8amuntil 10am on week days. It offers our clients showers, toilets and a place to wash their clothes. The clients are also seen by our social worker for assistance, advice and referrals. • A 40 bed second phase residence to assist people who have already come through first phase rehabilitation to get back on their feet, and help to reintegrate into their communities. 

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