Helping the Homeless and the Hungry. Responsibly.

Endorsed by Stellenbosch Muncipality

Coupons can be exchanged for either a meal or stay at the night shelter. Social workers meet with the needy and connect them with more network resources.

About Us

Thanks to Heartflow the public is now able to help homeless and hungry people in a sustainable, holistic way by connecting them with local non-profit companies.

The public can buy paper-based coupons from local shops and give them to homeless people who will benefit from the services provided by partnering organisations such as night shelters.

Our solution fosters interactions between isolated people in need and the public eager to help with a positive impact. We’re helping people to love people.

About Us

Thanks to Heartflow the public is now able to help homeless and hungry people in a sustainable, holistic way by connecting them with local non-profit companies.

The public can buy paper-based coupons from local shops and give them to homeless people who will benefit from the services provided by partnering organisations such as night shelters.

Our solution fosters interactions between isolated people in need and the public eager to help with a positive impact. We’re helping people to love people.

What We Offer

· The Coupon Project

The Problem

For all of us interacting with someone on the street can be difficult and often leaves us feeling guilty and upset. Giving money or just ignoring someone has the following disadvantages:

  • It may encourage a victim mentality
  • Can be used irresponsibly
  • Not holistic
  • It is a temporary solution
  • Drives street economy

The Solution

There is however a way to really help… by giving a coupon!
Coupons can be exchanged to stay at the night shelter. Social workers meet with the needy and connect them with more network resources.

The benefits are:

  • Inhibits irresponsible spending (e.g. alcohol and drugs)
  • Supports charities helping those sleeping on the streets
  • Encourages beneficiaries to take responsibility by having to go to the night shelter
  • Support is more sustainable and holistic through the effort of partnering NPO’s

How To Help

You can help through buying coupons at any of our distributing partners (see below). Hand these out to those in need.
Remember that if someone is hungry, food is available for free every day at the taxi rank over lunch via a feeding point.
If someone doesn’t want a coupon, or go to the feeding point, it might be they actually just wanted money.

· The Dog Walking Initiative

The Problem

                                                                                                                                               
 Everybody likes to give their time and contribute, even the homeless, but for them this can be difficult

 

  • Coupons are primarily obtained through begging which can be humiliating
  • The dogs at animal welfare need to be walked
  • Unsheltered people often have time and want to help

The Solution

Homeless people can take the dogs for a walk at animal welfare in exchange for a coupon! This simple activity helps build a sense of value and gives them something to be proud of at the end of the day. Additionally, spending time with the dogs can be great therapy.

 

  • The dogs being walked is a fun activity for everyone involved
  • The homeless can obtain coupons in a way other than begging
  • It is easy to identify homeless people who are able to and willing to work thus making it easier to provide more support
  • The dog walks are an easy and meaningful way for volunteers to get involved

How To Help

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • Come join us every Sunday at 13:45
  • Place: Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch
  • You also visit our donate page to help ensure the sustainability of this project.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?
Coupons are bought at one of our partnering outlets. When someone comes to ask for money, food, shelter or warmth, you can then give them a coupon. This coupon is then exchanged for one of these services at our non-profit partners who will be able to connect the person in need with other services.
What if someone asks for food, but does not want a coupon?
Sometimes a person might not want a coupon. This often happens when they actually just want money and how they spend it may not always be in a responsible way. We really discourage people from giving money. If you want to provide more support or give money, reach out to us or work with existing non-profit organisations.
Where can we buy coupons?
We try to make coupons as accessible to you as possible. We thus have over 50 partnering outlets in the area of Stellenbosch

How much does it cost?
It costs only R10 per coupon. A coupon can be exchanged for any of the services on the coupon.
How do I give feedback?
What is your vision, mission and values?
Vision:
Our aim is to enable healthy interaction between the general public and people in need.

 

Mission:
Our vision is being realised through a coupon system. These coupons are purchased by members of the public given to a person in need. The beneficiary can then use the coupon for any of its services at the indicated partners. Through this, we hope to limit the street economy and direct people in need to organisations where they can receive the proper support.

 

Values:
We believe in the potential and value of all human beings.

Through providing support in co-operation with our partners, we strive to achieve the following:

  • Provide as holistic support possible
  • Discouraging victim and hero mentalities
  • Allowing for community interaction
  • Addressing symptoms and causes of issues
  • Supporting others in achieving their potential
  • Limiting destructive habits and behaviours

“We want to enable healthy interaction between the general public and people in need.”

Buy coupons at any of our distributing partners.

Our Service Partners

Night Shelter
Municipality

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