Winter Warmth 2021

As the cold settles in for winter, the SBC teams across the board ran the annual winter warmth drive. For many of us reading this right now, we all have a home to go to; perhaps we’re reading this in our homes right now, with a heater on or protected under a blanket. These provisions are so normal for us that we take them completely for granted, and sometimes complain about needing a better heater or a new, thicker blanket. Or we take for granted that we are protected from the cold and wind while traveling to and from work everyday in our cars, passing so many people either walking in the streets, standing at a robot asking for change, or lying in the freezing cold outside a store front. We have so much to be grateful for that we completely overlook the dire situation of these people.
For this year’s winter warmth campaign, our teams did the best they could with your donations to help alleviate the struggle of as many people as they could reach. In Johannesburg, we visited Kid’s Haven, a home for over 150 orphans. With your donations we were able to donate 150 winter packs. Watch the video on the next page to see who your donations assisted.

First Sunday of Ramadaan

Our History

Our work began nearly 40 years ago, amongst the golden mine dumps and bustling industrial region at the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Centre had a humble beginning as a soup kitchen, and many impoverished people from surrounding areas found their hearts healed and bellies full because of the kindness of all those people who banded together to provide for poor South Africans.

Today, the Centre has offices in all South Africa’s major cities and has defined itself as a social welfare specialist through many years of consistent and impeccable outreach service work.

We are a well-regarded community-based, registered non-profit organisation that is built on the principles of love, kindness, respect and dignity for everyone.

Our projects and services largely fall within the ambit of social welfare, but cover the spectrum of human needs from: hunger alleviation with our feeding programmes, a home for vulnerable children, highly successful drug rehabilitation centres, specialised medical care that reverses cataract blindness and provides access to dialysis, and grants in aid.

We provide all of these services and more to needy persons regardless of race or religion. Our ethos is simple: we seek to serve humanity and heal a heart, one life at a time.

We believe that everyone has a right to access basic services to ensure their well-being. We encourage support from donors so that we do not have to turn anyone away. To find out more about our projects simply click on a project.

Sustainability

As agents of change and playing a positive role in people’s lives, we see ourselves as a community or a network, where our outreach programmes are sustained by the very lives they touch. By restoring hope, dignity and faith in people through the charitable assistance they receive, it inspires recipients to become involved in order to help others in similar circumstances.

We have a large network of committed and skilled volunteers who give of their time and skills to give back. This volunteer network helps us to drive down overhead costs.

Our funds largely come from individual donors who see the immediate impact of our work in their communities. We also encourage corporate giving and some projects enjoy partial State subsidy.

Since 2000, we have embarked on our annual Family Fete over the Easter weekend.

At this event, which has grown tremendously over the years, we give small and emerging businesses the opportunity to reach new markets, interest people in their business and grow their start-up endeavours.

We rent stalls to these businesses to cover the costs of infrastructure over the weekend and we use any money raised from donations at the fete to cover costs for projects where possible.