In February 2006, the seed of The Pride Shelter was planted. Identifying the lack of safe spaces for LGBTI+ individuals experiencing a crisis/trauma, The Pride Shelter founding team sought to address this need by creating a residential environment where LGBTI+ individuals could find support and safety during a time of need.
After the initial seed was planted, the next three years had the primary focus of fundraising. With the enthusiasm and support of the LGBTI+ community, over R1 million was raised. With this adequate capital in the bank, the focused moved to a lengthy application process with the City of Cape Town Property Management Services to secure a lease for an old, large, city-owned Victorian house which would meet the requirements of a residential facility. Finally, the lease for 1 Molteno Road in Oranjezicht was signed and the process of renovation began.
After necessary adjustments were made to the property and the house was fully furnished by the generosity of the community – including 22 beds, a television and furniture – The Pride Shelter officially opened its doors on the 5th April 2011. Since then, we have assisted over 700 LGBTI+ individuals from the greater Cape Town area and far beyond.