Sunfield Home: Be Blessed with Unconditional Love

Since Sunfield Home opened its doors at the foot of Wellington’s Bainskloof Pass in 1991, many strangers have become friends. Small wonder, as over the past three decades, Sunfield has developed a well- earned reputation as a safe haven for adults with intellectual disabilities, helping them to thrive through holistic care. It all started as the dream of the family of a young girl with Down syndrome. Since then, this Drakenstein treasure has grown to provide a nurturing environment to 104 residents and six daycare individuals between the ages of 18 and 70 or more. Through Sunfield’s noble efforts, residents are well looked after, giving their family members peace of mind. Elmarie van Schalkwyk says she is privileged to have been managing Sunfield over the past 12 years, steering the team in building a home away from home for their residents. “Our residents are part of the larger community, and we gladly invite and welcome them,”says Elmarie.

“Here, you will be blessed with unconditional love from our residents, which is the most fulfilling part of each day at Sunfield.” She is especially proud of their protective workshop, where residents participate in activities and do contract work that keeps them busy and enables them to earn money. “Each person has skills, regardless of their intellectual limitations, and these skills must be developed and used at all times to support the person's human dignity,” explains Elmarie. “Through their work, our residents play an important role in promoting the positive contributions of adults with intellectual disabilities to society and business.”

Our residents are part of the larger community, and we gladly invite and welcome them.

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