Loaves and Fishes was founded by Charles and Mary Mercer in 1997 and falls 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.
We can witness to heart-warming stories of people who got to grips with their alcohol and drug problems, who made up with their estranged families and marriage partners, who found new work and meaning to life and who took up their rightful places in society.
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).
Who we partner with
Our building is bordered by the Malta Bridge, a few factories and four semi-detached houses. It can house 50 clients, but due to limited resources, we currently accommodate about 40.
The premises has:
How we operate
Our board of directors