500th Street Store opens

2016-09-20 06:00

The 500th Street Store will take place on Sunday 25 September. Capetonians are encouraged to come hang up their clothing donations and help those in need on the day.

The Street Store was launched in 2014 and has since gone global with Street Store pop-ups around the world.

Founders Kayli Levitan and Max Pazak started the project after noticing, from their office balcony in Green Point, how the “‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ cross one another’s paths, but never really meet”.

“The ‘haves’ fear the homeless, and get frustrated with their begging – so they begin to ignore them. This dehumanises the homeless, which makes them feel even more comfortable with begging, as they begin to see the ‘haves’ as pockets, rather than people.

“We realised that to bring in donations now, and in the future, we needed to bring the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ together to learn from one another and break through deep-set social stereotypes, while making donating easy, and receiving dignified.”

The Street Store is the world’s first free “pop-up clothing store” for the homeless, found entirely on the street and stocked by donations.

V The 500th Street Store will take place on Sunday 25 September outside the Salesian Institute at 2 Somerset Road, Green Point, from 10:30 to 15:00

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