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“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty....”

Mother Teresa

Who We Are...

The Frida Hartley Shelter (FHS) for destitute women and children in Yeoville, Johannesburg, takes in homeless women and their children who have endured neglect, abuse, trauma and homelessness. We shelter individuals who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet; young homeless mothers looking to kick-start their lives; and individuals going through financial difficulties (affected by retrenchment or unemployment).

The shelter is a non-profit organisation that aims to empower women through providing accommodation, psycho-social support, employment, and training. FHS also provides nutrition and childcare to the children housed at the shelter with their mother. This allows the mothers the time they need whilst they are job hunting.

The services we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • FREE job-skills training

  • Accommodation up to 6 months

  • 3 meals a day

  • Monthly toiletries

  • Counselling and life skills training

  • Entrepreneurial skills training and referrals to workplace employment and further psycho-social support.

We aim to enable mothers to regain their dignity by becoming independent of the shelter, in order to adequately support themselves and their children. 

To contact Frida Hartley Shelter, send an email to or call us on 011 648 6005.

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