How DPVO got started
DPV Outreach (DPVO) was formed by a small group of residents of Devil’s Peak and Vredehoek who had previously been involved with DPV Neighbourhood Watch as well as the DPV Community Action Network (DPV CAN) that operated in the area during lockdown in 2020. Engagement with both these organisations showed that residents in the wider community were extremely concerned about the growing numbers of homeless people seen in and around our suburbs, but were often unsure of the most effective way to make a difference.
DPVO is working in partnership with Streetscapes, to look at how our community can find solutions to homelessness in our area.
As an organisation, our first project follows in the footsteps of the Van Riebeeck Park Pilot Project which ran from the end of April 2019 to end February 2020, with the aim to provide support to unhoused community members and information to all community members in the Devil’s Peak Vredehoek area. The support is provided by Chantel Sampson, a part-time fieldworker, who is supervised and mentored by our amazing partners from the Streetscapes Programme at Khulisa Social Solutions.
DPV Outreach’s approach is to build a sustainable, long-term model that deals with the bigger picture of homelessness, by tapping into the knowledge and experience of organisations such as Streetscapes and other NGOs working with the homeless and working together with them to find sustainable solutions to current issues; and engaging with local stakeholders in the community.
To start with, we see our role as twofold. First, as a conduit between the homeless community in our area and housed residents, and vice versa – which is where the role of Chantel, our fieldworker, is critical. Second, we want to support the work and rehabilitation programmes that Streetscapes (and other NGOs) offer to homeless individuals, so that they can effect permanent, sustainable change in their lives.
Chantel started on 1 August 2021, and she hit the ground running! On her very first day of work, she stayed by the side of someone in need of emergency medical care for several hours. The person was finally taken to the hospital and was extremely grateful for the support that Chantel provided!
Please say hello if you see Chantel around the neighbourhood. You can find out more about her work below.
DPV Outreach is currently fundraising to cover our share of Chantel’s salary for 12 months. Please consider making a donation.
DPV Outreach is a registered non-profit organisation (271-223 NPO)