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FHS aims to empower, educate and enhance the intellectual capacity for homeless women and improve their confidence so they can find employment and start their own businesses and regain their dignity in society.


FHS was started almost a century ago, in 1922, and initially catered for single mothers who suffered cultural stigma due to views at the time around unmarried pregnancy. It was entered into the registry in December 2001 as a non-profit organisation with the sole purpose of providing a safe haven where inner-city homeless women and children can be rehabilitated.

The Shelter provides a home environment where women work together on domestic chores, cleaning, and cooking while receiving training and support to seek employment and independence. On average, women and their children stay at the shelter for 3 – 6 months, with many offering part-time volunteer support, and counselling once they have left the shelter. Over 1000 women and children have been helped at Shelter.

We ensure that the ladies regain their human dignity and self-worth during their stay. We can accommodate mothers together with their children, thereby keeping the family together as a unit.


We believe that the FHS is consistent with the mission and interest of our late President, the great Nelson Mandela who once said, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Nelson Mandela left us with a challenge, and we have taken it on. We are on a mission to make a better society by empowering one woman at a time.

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