Home for the Jewish Handicapped


10 Galway Road I Heathfield I Cape Town I 7864
Contact: Irving Friedgood
Phone: 021-712-0270


Our mission is to provide the most appropriate care environment, promoting active participation of all stakeholders while encompassing the enhancement of hard and soft infrastructure for all residents and day visitors to Glendale that is consistent with Global BEST practices for the care of persons with Intellectual Disability.

To offer a range of services that encompasses residential care, day care, vocational experience, social interaction and primary health care support while promoting community and family involvement. To align with benchmark frameworks from World Health Organization and thought leading organizations for evaluating activities of daily living requirements and providing appropriate facilities and professional support.

Program of Services

Glendale is run by a management committee consisting of an Administrative Director, Social-worker and Professional Nurses. Glendale currently offers accommodation to 66 residents. Their ages ranges from 14 to 80 years, with most residents falling between the ages of 41 to 50. 20 residents attend Astra - a Jewish Sheltered Employment Centre daily.

Although the residents receive remuneration for their work, the most important part is that they are given the dignity of employment. The faces of Glendale are like faces universal – curious, anxious, hesitant, concerned, happy and sad but always hopeful, trusting, committed, caring and full of perseverance.

These faces are what makes Glendale so special, for these residents who are proud to call it their home in every sense of the word.

Our History

Glendale began from humble beginnings in November 1966. A group of concerned people recognized the need for a home for the Jewish intellectually handicapped. The original house, now known as the Homestead, was renovated and adapted through the generous sponsorship of the Montague, Rose and Stanley Freeman Trust.

This original building is where the residents are encouraged to take care of their own daily needs under minimal supervision. As Community awareness grew, it became clear that the homestead residential facilities were far too limited and in 1971 a major building project was embarked upon. This formed the foundation of the existing home as it is known today. In 1986 owing to increasing demand, an additional wing was built.

Ari, Dale and Megan
Gillian and Joey enjoying the fresh air
Residents enjoying the outing
Just arriving for an afternoon of fun!
Megan following her shadow
Samantha enjoying the sunshine

A lovely outing to the sea was enjoyed by all!

Astra Centre was closed for the day as the Rosecourt residents got to enjoy their team building event of grape picking in Constantia and a beautiful visit to Wynberg Park. The Glendale residents joined in the fun which was followed by lunch and socializing. To learn more about Astra Centre and all that they offer click here.

Residents at Glendale have been busy!
Glendale started off 2010 on a great note by raising the South African and Glendale flags proudly side by side at the entrance of the home. The grounds were upgraded with beautiful new lawn, new shrubbery and a newly renovated pool. It has been a busy few months for the residents of Glendale as they enjoy many annual and special events. Once again this year Glendale rolled out their incredibly successful Annual Fish Braai which is a main attraction annually. The delicious braaied fish and salads “to die for” were enjoyed by more than 450 people of all age groups. The prize for the raffle ticket was a four day safari to the Kruger National Park. Funds raised from the Fish Braai go to the Medical Assistance Fund. The premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille, a fearless Mayor, was a guest of honor. Valentine’s Day was celebrated in true style with residents and staff alike in traditional red and white attire, taking a moment once again to remind each other how much they care. This year the Purim party was sponsored by the Sephardi Shul where everyone had a great time. Costumes were proudly worn by many and smiles were worn by all.