Loaves and Fishes, Centre of Renewal
A Place Of Renewal
A Christian second-phase shelter and renewal centre in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa, for destitute men and women between the ages of 25 and 63. Our aim is to be a place of spiritual, psychological and material renewal for destitute men and women from all walks of life.
Our historyLoaves and Fishes was founded by Charles and Mary Mercer in 1997 and fall under the auspices of 12 mainline churches; the Liesbeek Christian Action Group. On average, we have housed 35-40 people per night since our inception.
What we offer
Our clients virtually all suffer from loss of identity, self-confidence, and self-esteem. We provide accommodation and a supportive space for them to plan and begin their renewal journey, average 6 – 9 months.The renewal programme includes identifying and addressing the root causes of problems, treating common issues like drug and alcohol addiction, coaching in life skills and job skills, doing therapeutic workshops and referring clients for specialist support where necessary. It also seeks to restore broken family relationships, as a major step in bringing wholeness to the client.Clients are encouraged to attend a church of their choice. To the wider homeless community, we serve a hot meal 5 nights of the week (Monday to Friday).