ABOUT US

We care for and house over one hundred intellectually impaired adults and we also accommodate day residents.

Explore this page to learn more about our residents, the houses, our ethos and our history.

Our Residents

We have adult residents of all races living in our 5 houses and accept adults from 18 years onwards. We can accommodate a wide range of intellectual impairments and we place each individual according to their specific needs and abilities.

We offer extra care in our assisted living Combrinck House, where the staff to resident ratio is much higher than in other houses.

The Home has a full-time Occupational Therapist who plans and supervises all activities and the residents also enjoy normal leisure time.

We are committed to our non-racial, loving and caring environment, which has made us a leading Home for intellectually impaired adults in South Africa.

Please feel free to Contact Us for more information.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

Schafer House

In 1955 Sunfield Home Howick was established on Greendale Farm in the Natal Midlands. The original farmhouse was renamed after Mr & Mrs Schafer, who were the first managers of the Home.

Their beautiful, historic house is requiring substantial renovation and the Board has plans to upgrade her into a new Occupational Centre for our residents.

If you have an interest in restoring old buildings, please Donate Here or Contact Us to discuss how you could help.

De Smidt House and Sunflower House

De Smidt house was built in 1977 and was named after Cedric and Daphne De Smidt, who managed Sunfield Home from 1961 until their departure in 1970.

Sunflower House was built in 2010 to accommodate the demand for more residential accommodation.

Prebashnie Reddy is the house parent of the De Smidt and Sunflower Houses and has 25 years’ experience. She leads a highly motivated team of staff.

Gregson House and Sunbird House

The construction of Gregson House commenced in 1990. It is named after Betty and Jimmy Gregson who took over from the De Smidts as Sunfield managers in 1970.

Sunbird House was built in 2000 to further increase the Home’s capacity.

Londi Mjwara is the House parent of Gregson and Sunbird Houses. She previously headed up our Care Training Centre, before being appointed to this role in 2020.

Combrinck House

Combrinck House is our assisted living facility, which was designed and built in 2013, specifically to accommodate residents who require extra care.

Shana Reddy is the house parent at Combrinck House. She and her committed team provide special care for these residents.

We rely on donations, sponsorships, bequests and fundraising events to support the Home’s considerable maintenance and running costs.

Should you wish to assist, please Contact Us, or visit our Donations or Get Involved pages.

We rely heavily on family members and the community for donations, sponsorships, bequests and fundraising events. These are critical to support the Home’s considerable maintenance and running costs.  As costs rise steadily year on year, generating funds is always a concern. Should you wish to assist us, please Contact Us directly or visit our Donations and Get involved pages on this website.

OUR GROUNDS

Sunfield Home is situated on 22 hectares of sloping hillside in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Our residents enjoy beautifully grassed areas shaded by large trees, which are maintained by our committed Estate staff.

We have several sports facilities where our residents can participate in soccer, soft ball, swimming, games and more.

There is a heated swimming pool, two bocce courts, as well as a putt-putt course, which the residents can enjoy.

A group of enthusiastic residents known as the “Green Gang” takes great pride in helping in working in the vegetable tunnel.

Another feature of our grounds is our Chapel, which is an integral part of the life of residents at the Home.

OUR ETHOS

VISION

Sunfield Home Howick believes that people with intellectual impairments deserve to be provided for in a protected environment for life, where they are encouraged to extend their abilities and achieve a life of fulfillment.

MISSION STATEMENT

Sunfield Home Howick cares for and develops people with intellectual impairments in a protected and stimulating home-from-home environment.

CULTURE STATEMENT

COMMITMENTWe are dedicated to improving ourselves, our activities and our facilities for the benefit of our residents and their improved welfare.

CARINGWe are committed to unselfishly serving our residents and providing the highest level of care possible.

COMMUNITYWe will endeavour to maintain a unified family environment that supports our residents’ needs, where communication is effective and transparent, and builds a mutually respectful culture across Residents, Members, Staff and Board.

OUR HISTORY

Sunfield traces its roots back to the Magaliesburg Children’s Home for the intellectually impaired, which was established near Hartebeespoort Dam in August 1953. In 1955 a group of parents purchased the 22 ha Greendale farm just to the west of the little village of Howick in Natal.

Mr and Mrs Schafer, and eleven children, moved down and Sunfield Home Howick was born.

The following year the parents formed an association called Sunfield Homes, a Section 21 company, with seven of the founding members as Directors. Over the years, thanks to the vision, dedication and tireless work of the Directors, the association established Homes near Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal (1970), in Johannesburg, Gauteng (1986), in the Cape at Wellington (1989) and at Balfour in the Free State (1991).

This created a network of dedicated Homes where the intellectually impaired could receive appropriate care. Sunfield Homes was eventually dissolved as each Home became individual Section 21 companies, each with their own Board of Directors.

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