The Carpenter’s Shop in Roeland Street, Cape Town.Picture: BHEKI RADEBE
Mr Geoff Burton has been the chairman of the board at The Carpenter’s Shop for over 35 years. 

He has dedicated years to the less fortunate. Burton is someone who really wants to help change things for the better. He will, however, step down from his position in this month. Founded in 1981, The Carpenter’s Shop in Roeland Street is a non-profit organisation.

The Geoff Burton House at The Carpenter’s Shop accommodates about 58 people. The NPO’s main objective is to reintegrate homeless people into society or reunifying them with family. This is a short-term second phase shelter. They operate a second-chance shop on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when clothing, etc, can be bought at very reasonable prices. Donations to keep the shop running will be appreciated. Call 0214615508.

We are all zooming in on World Homeless Day that will be marked on October 10. Our aim is for members of the public to join us on this day and interact with the homeless, our “extended” family. Come and engage in conversation. Come and listen, and learn.

There is something that gets my blood boiling to the point I feel I am going to pop a vein! Many shops in the city do not show prices on their products. You have to ask. Besides getting annoyed by having to ask all the time, some shop owner become short-tempered too. One person in the shop is selling cappuccino sachets for R6; a bit later another tells me it costs R9. Is there no law stating prices must be displayed?

I now have a puppy and I have called him Bobbie. He is the cutest thing! Not potty trained yet and so every now and again he leaves tiny landmines in my room. I took him to De Waal Park on Sunday (yes, that park where us homeless were given a hard time way back then. It makes sense to me now). De Waal Park is a dogs’ paradise. A kind elderly lady gave me plastic bags just in case Bobby needed to do it. He gobbles food like a vacuum cleaner.

Funny how a little pavement special can creep into our hearts. My routine has changed. I am now more outdoors walking him and I also spend more time at home. Some pet food’s so expensive I might as well take him to the Mount Nelson for a chicken breast.

* Danny Oosthuizen is the #TheDignityProject ambassador. In his weekly daily column for the Cape Argus, he tackles the struggles homeless people face. Connect with Danny on Facebook and on Twitter @masekind3213 or via email: [email protected]

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