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Good Things Guy Charity List: Shelters, Housing and Charities Working with the Destitute 2023 

There are so many people who are faced with life on the streets, in need of kindness and a helping hand; these are the organisations making sure they are seen! 
11 January 2023


Running for a Roof

Training in the early, icy cold mornings and noticing the many homeless people living on the city’s streets has given a local runner a taste of what life must be like for the city’s homeless.

June 11, 2021


Jo Keppler’s life changing ultra-marathon

Jo Keppler epitomises the spirit and determination that no matter what you go through in life, there is always hope that things can turn around for the better.

October 5, 2022

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The homeless need a shelter

It’s been a wet and icy week in Pietermaritzburg, but where do the homeless go when it rains?

October 8, 2021


Finding a home for the homeless

Life Changer alongside the Pietermaritzburg Homeless Network (PHN) is using World Homeless Day on October 10 to raise awareness of the lack of spaces for the 2 500 people living on Pietermaritzburg’s streets.

September 30, 2021


Man to do Comrades Barefoot to Build Homeless Shelter in Pietermaritzburg

Every community needs a homeless shelter so that people can be rehabilitated and reunited with family; Graham Wells, in running 90km barefoot to raise funds for a shelter in his community. 9 June 2021 


Having a heart for the homeless 

“Thank you for treating us like people.” This is the response two local residents regularly receive when interacting with the city’s homeless. 

March 21 2019 

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Safe Space for the Vulnerable Needs Warm Clothing for Men

The Life Changers “Life Boat” care vouchers are such a hit, that the organisation needs to urgently stock up on men’s clothing to support the vulnerable. 1 August 2022





Taking back our city together

Pietermaritzburg suffered a heartbreaking blow last week, but in true community spirit and resilience that defines South Africans, when the dust settled, the community came together to take back the city.

July 21, 2021

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Life Boat has a new Harbour

Life Changer, the NPO dedicated to uplifting Pietermaritzburg’s homeless, launched their new, upgraded Life Boat facility at new premises in the city.
November 10 2021 


One Life Foundation feeding the Hungry

Since the week of the civil unrest, One Life Foundation, with the help of Life Changer NPO, has received and packed over 1500 food packages to be distributed to vulnerable and food insecure families.

August 5, 2021

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Petition for homeless shelter in the city

Life Changer is now in search of a building to turn into a permanent shelter for the city’s homeless. Life Changer, the organisation at the forefront of changing the lives of the city’s homeless, has submitted a proposal, along with 15 other organisations, to Msunduzi Municipality requesting a building for a homeless shelter for the city.
July 7, 2021

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‘Don’t give money, give them love’

They say you only truly understand someone when you walk in their shoes, and that's exactly what Msunduzi Ward 27 councillor Dante Kemp did recently when he spent some quality time on the streets of Pietermaritzburg visiting the homeless in his ward, which covers the CBD.

May 20, 2022

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Charity Shares “Cashed-In” Homeless Vouchers to Show How One Changes a Life

Life Changer launched their ‘Life Boat’ homeless vouchers to support the Pietermaritzburg homeless community, and hundreds of connections have been made. 14 April 2021


Man to Take on Comrades Barefoot for Second Time to Help Build Shelter

Graham Wells ran the Comrades virtually last year and he did it barefoot; this year he is taking on the marathon again, supporting the same cause – to help build a shelter in Pietermaritzburg. 22 August 2022




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