To walk alongside vulnerable young women on a journey of healing and self discovery.
Place of Reconnection.
Be true to yourself and other through open and honest communication.
Respect yourself so that you are respectful and tolerant toward others.
Listen to others with empathy and compassion.
Be consistent with young women by speaking and acting in the spirit of child and youth care practice.
St. Michael's Children's Home was founded
in Keerom Street, Cape Town in 1870, as a refuge for orphaned by the war of the times.The Grey Ladies, who started the Home, were also responsible for the foundation of Lelieboem House, St. George's Home for Girls and St, Cyprian's School.
Currently St. Michael's Children's Home is an innovative therapeutic and developmental residential environment for 25 vulnerable young women from the Cape Metropole and surrounded areas, stretching from Mowbray to Cape Point, between the ages of 13 and 18, who have been seriously traumatized and removed from their families for their own protection and safety, by an order of the Children's Court.It is one of the few, if not the only, residential care facilty, offering care for teenage girls.
The challenge is for us to help these young women to find creative ways to deal with the devasting effect of the abuse, to become independant, self-reliant and confident and ultimately go out in the world to cope with the realities of life, and if possible, to reunite and re-connect with their families and communities.
St. Michael's models the fact that if vunerable young women, suffering from the pains and neglect and abuse, are supported emotionally, are taught the necessary life skills to live a positive, constructive life, they will be in a position to relate in society in a positive and healthy manner.