Help people dress with dignity at Bellville’s first Street Store

The Street Store will be Bellville’s first rent-free, premises-free, no-cost “pop-up clothing store” for the homeless.

More than 500 Street Stores have been held around the world to give homeless people a chance to choose their own clothes and dress with dignity. Now it’s coming to Bellville on Friday December 1, from 10am to 2pm.

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) will be running this one and has asked the public to give clothes that are clean and in good condition.

The public can drop off donations until Monday November 27 at Bellville library, in Carl Van Aswegen Street; Spar, on the corner of Voortrekker and Bill Bezuidenhout roads; Sanlam, in Strand Road, Bellville; Bellville Methodist Church, at 3 Krige Street, Boston; Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, on the corner of Welgemeend and Rhos streets, Bellville; the GTP office, on the corner of Durban Road and De Lange Street; the OK store, in Alexandra Street, Oakdale; and Die Handelhuis, 27 Northumberland Street, Bellville.

“This is a wonderful project for the GTP to take on,” said the organisation’s CEO, Warren Hewitt.

“We need to look after our community’s poorest and most vulnerable, and we know that people want to help. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to donate clothing to this cause.”

The Street Store will also be a chance for the homeless to speak to social workers and get help from Tygerberg Association of Street People (TASP), the Haven Night Shelter and Mould Empower Serve (MES).