Our Charity. Our Community.

The Pride Shelter Trust is Africa’s first formal haven that provides short-term accommodation to the LGBTQI+ minority groups during crisis periods. The objectives of The Pride Shelter are to promote human dignity, respect and a sense of personal empowerment among members of the LGBTQI+ community.

Reg. No.: 140-558 NPO

How You Can Get Involved

Call (021) 761 0037 to Donate Or Contact Us to get Involved


We are a registered NPO, and many of our services rely entirely on the generosity of the public.

You can make a once-off donation, or monthly contribution. This will assist us in expanding our reach and support to individuals facing discrimination, violence and homelessness.


Our volunteers play a wide range of vital roles in victim support, providing emotional and practical support, assisting our office teams with project work or administration, and assist in raising much needed funds.

Whether you’re a university student, graphic designer, project manager or an HR professional, we have a project that needs your skills. If you’re interested in giving some of your time to support our work, please send us an abbreviated CV with key skills.


We are always looking for people to raise our profile in their local community and help bring in vital donations to allow us to continue our work. 

Give your time to take part in events and raise money for the shelter. Whether you know what you want to do or are looking for some fundraising inspiration, we’d love to hear from you.


With your support, we can help victims of multiple discrimination feel safer and find the strength to

move forward. Find out more about becoming one of our corporate partners.

Our programmes

1. My Structured Journey self-development programme

The My Structured Journey sessions provide residents and external participants with a space to engage with humanistic theories in both psychology and sociology. This follow a step-to-step approach to understand realistic goal setting, self-confidence and self-worth.

Residents interrogate the SMART modality framework, time management principles, emotional intelligence and communication. Importantly, participants learn how self-leadership and emotional intelligence find their space in action and impact.


2. Life Skills training

The Life skills training development programme is a highly interactive skills-based programme that provides support in terms of human identity, agency and psychosocial wellness. Part of the outcomes in this programme includes identifying concerns, human expectations and goals.

Participants unpack what is meant by crisis and trauma, stigma and discrimination, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, upliftment and change. The seminal works of Erikson stages of psychosocial development and Dabrowski’s narratives and autopsychotherapy are integrated as theoretical frameworks during this programme.


3. Health and Wellness: beyond my physical journey

The Physical Health and Wellness programme encapsulates the state of health and wellbeing during the residents’ stay. The focus is placed on basic nutrition, physical activities, mindfulness and sexual health discussions.

Diet, regular exercise and adequate rest (relaxation) after trauma are also emphasised during this programme. In 2021, Yoga was integrated with the shelter’s physical health and wellness offerings.  

4. Employment readiness programme

The Employment readiness skills programme focuses on technological advances, economic shifts and changing social norms in searching, finding and securing employment. Key areas dealt with are curriculum readiness, knowledge and skills as employability requirements, transferable skills and context.

Outcomes of this programmes would be on how to conduct job searches, informational interviews, labour market research, create networks and professional digital footprints, compile cover letters and curriculum vitae, acquire interview skills, entrepreneurial skills and understanding the job market criteria. Community outreaches on this programme will commence in July 2021.


5. Spiritual programme

The spiritual programme aligns sexual identity with faith, through an all-inclusive lens of beliefs and practices. The focus is on deepening spiritual awareness with the self and renew human strength as a result of trauma.

The spiritual programme includes counselling services at the Pride Shelter Trust. Additional outcomes also include reconciliation with the family, and focus group discussions.


6. Nutrition & food relief

Breakfast, Lunch and Supper are offered to residents. Food security parcels are also distributed to displaced and surrounding homeless individuals.


7. Gender-based violence (GBV) shelter support

The eradication of gender-based support programmes are offered to assist local communities on the Cape Flats area of the Western Cape. This programme is steered by Pride Shelter staff, in collaboration with social media influencers across South Africa.

In 2022, programmes will be expanded to peri-urban and marginalised areas of the Western Cape. The purpose of this initiative aims to address physical violence, psychological violence, sexual violence, economic violence, violence against the LGBTQI and systemic violence. This address will look at new and innovative ways to eradicate and address GBV as an evasive issue in local communities.

8. Broader Community Support

Broader community support is provided through teleconferencing, local and provincial interaction, information sessions, awareness programmes and workshops.

These forms of support will be mediated through a hybrid (face-to-face and virtual) modes, and are organised by Pride Shelter staff, social media influencers and South African celebrities. A brochure of all activities can be acquired from our offices as from July 2021.


How it works

The aim of the pride shelter trust is to help as many LGBTQ+ people we can through our skills programmes and support.

Unfortunately it isn’t possible to help all individuals who knock on our door.

Once the Pride Shelter Trust receives an application or referral, we first gauge whether there is space available at our shelter.

Applicants are then taken through a psychosocial assessment to determine their suitability to join the shelter and follow the rigorous 3-month programme.

We also determine the applicant’s health status and other health concerns. Where the scope of needs of the applicant exceeds the ambit of the shelter’s services, we refer applicants to other health institutions for assistance.

Residents are accommodated at the shelter for a period of three months, during which time they are provided with tools and support to become their best selves.

Make a Donation

The Pride Shelter Trust

Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 072 808 055
Branch: Thibault Square
Branch code: 020 909
Reference: Your name/Organisation

Get in touch

What we offer...

The Pride Shelter Trust offers accommodation, counseling, wellness and skills development programmes for our residents on an ongoing basis. These programmes focus primarily on self-leadership and how inner conflicts, conversations and values can lead to action in the humanistic paradigm. Regular monthly check-ins with residents are compulsory.

Once an application or referral is received, a psychosocial assessment is conducted to determine suitability for the applicant to be accommodated at the shelter. 

Where advanced health, financial, social, mobility or psychiatric services are required, applicants are referred to suitable institutions which can offer more specific services suited to their needs. 

Residents who are accepted at the Pride Shelter follow a rigorous 3-month programme which includes mental health, physical health, spiritual, skills acquisition and other courses and training to prepare them for reintegration into society. 

Creating a safe space for others to heal and grow

Our Vision

The vision of the Pride Shelter Trust to support the LGBTQI+ community focuses on protecting the human rights, dignity and psychosocial well-being of the LGBTQI+ community through their connected social networks.

As part of our ethos on participative community involvement, the Pride Shelter Trust has created and erected various support structures, especially focusing on homelessness, multiple discrimination, crises and trauma. This way all LGBTQI+ individuals and their significant others can feel validated, supported and connected in their journey through life.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

1 Molteno Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town

Call Us: (021) 761 0037

Email us: info@pridesheltertrust.org.za


1 Molteno Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 8001

Please make an appointment for non-urgent matters by


  • non-spoilable food items
  • linen
  • sanitary products
  • clothing
  • toiletries
  • gardening equipment
  • art & craft materials
  • compostable food containers
  • stationery
  • reading material
  • first-aid kits