About Us

Who we are:

St Joseph’s Home (SJH) for Chronically Ill Children is a registered non-profit organisation. It is one of the only institutions in South Africa who supports children, families and communities from poorly resourced areas in free paediatric intermediate health care (a step down facility between acute hospital and home).

This multi-disciplinary and holistic model includes:

24 hour specialised and general nursing care,
rehabilitation: physio-, occupational- and speech therapy, social work support and psycological counselling
on site school education, parental empowerment, specialised nutrition, logistical support, a nursing school, pastoral care, outreach and follow-up visits and volunteer placement programmes enhance the holistic approach.
Each year at St Joseph’s more than 300 vulnerable children from impoverished families, receive a second chance at childhood,

Our proud history:

Located in Montana, Cape Town, this unique facility was established in 1935 by the Pallottine Missionary Sisters. More than 22,000 Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) with chronic conditions and disabilities have been cared for over a period of 81 years.

Our approach:

St Joseph’s believes that every child deserves a chance at childhood. Children from poor families with chronic illnesses and rehabilitation are referred here from State Hospitals to continue their care programme. Prevalent illnesses include HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, respiratory, heart-lung-kidney failures, congenital abnormalities and neurological impairments. The children’s medical conditions are managed by the doctors at the acute hospitals through regular visits and check-ups.

Our financials:

St Joseph’s provides a *120 in-patient facility (*during current renovations) of which the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health subsidises a total of 117 beds. The budgeted projected shortfall of about R3 million per annum is the fundraising target.

Our Impact and replicating effect:

SJH employs at least 92 staff of whom more than 82% come from historically disadvantaged communities, and, of whom many are female and single household breadwinners. Staff are given the opportunity to experience job security and career advancement. Most of the patients admitted to St Joseph’s (300 per year) also have extended families (5 members or more) who share in and benefit from the child’s recovery. Family members are accommodated free of charge at the Home to receive the necessary support. The broader community also benefits from a better understanding of these conditions, in “normalising” life threatening conditions or disabilities.

Why partner with St Joseph’s:

SJH is one of the most innovative and progressive institutions pioneering the uncharted field of paediatric intermediate palliative care for vulnerable children. Renovations worth R40 million are currently transforming the wards into a homely and child friendly spaces. A sound business plan (2020) is in place to ensure prudent financial planning, relevance and sustainability.


St Joseph’s Home strives to be recognised as an excellent paediatric, intermediate healthcare in-patient facility working within a Christian ethos.


To provide holistic healthcare to children from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure survival and wellbeing. We empower children and their families to look after their health so as to prevent readmissions to hospitals and to improve their quality of life. As such we act as a bridge between hospital and home. We offer the following services: promote wellness, and empower children and families to prevent readmissions after discharge. We offer the following services:

The organisation is driven by a Christian Ethos which embodies the values of respect, honesty, integrity, accountability, good governance and compassion.