As a registered Child And Youth Care Facility, we can accommodate up to 64 children. All children are placed with us by the courts through the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.
Some children are only placed with us for short periods as a means of protection in emergency situations, while others are placed with us for the longer term because of their special medical needs. Nazareth House is also able to provide specialist care for children with terminal illnesses and or severe chronic conditions as well as therapeutic activities by our full-time occupational therapist and specialised Social Workers.
Every child at some stage longs to find their roots, who they really are and who they belong to. We owe it to them to do all we can to help them find the answers. We believe that children of all abilities should grow up in a nurturing home environment. Our priority is always, wherever possible, stabilise and reunite these children with their families, through Family Reunification, or to place them in loving foster care.
Ons Tuis Cottage – Special needs
Nazareth House provides long-term residential care to children ranging from ages 5 years to 18 years who have very special needs and absolutely no other source of care and support. These severely physically and mentally challenged children all with variety of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, live in a purpose-built cottage on the grounds of Nazareth House in Vredehoek, Cape Town. Due to the severity of their conditions, they require 24 hour devotion.
St Michael’s – Special Care Unit
In the last year we have seen a huge increase in applications to admit very severe and chronically disabled children, where no further medical intervention is possible. Normally these children would lie in a hospital ward or institution and end their lives within a clinical environment, as their families have either abandoned them, or can no longer care for them.
These children have very specific medical needs, which home-based care cannot alleviate. We have just finalised the refurbishing and expanding of this unit to ensure that the children are in a more suitable child-friendly environment.
Today the unit offers around-the-clock palliative and terminal care to medically vulnerable children living with life-threatening conditions.
Home for the Aged
Security, dignity, comfort and peace in the twilight years of life
For a frail elderly person without family or finances, life can be a terrifying ordeal. Add other various debilitating physical and mental diseases that affect the elderly, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and the options become even more limited.
With Government subsidised homes for the aged stretched to the limit, care of these vulnerable elderly people falls onto the shoulders of organisations such as ours.
Wish List for our Charity Shop:
- Baby clothes and accessories
- Men’s and ladies clothes and shoes
- Kids and teenagers clothing
- Furniture, crockery etc
- Books, puzzles etc
If you have any unwanted items you’d like to donate, please contact us on +27 (0)21 461-1635, or call in at Nazareth House.
Open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00-12:00 and from 13:00-16:30
[times may vary according to season]
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