Delight loved ones by donating on their behalf. And if you are feeling generous towards the less fortunate, consider  giving to the following Catholic non-profit organisations.

Clients in training at an ABLE partner agency.Clients in training at an ABLE partner agency.
Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE)
 
ABLE helps youth and adults from low-income households suffering from muscular dystrophy or needing therapy to be able to perform basic daily functions, such as eating, toileting and personal grooming.

ABLE also supports  caregivers of people with muscular dystrophy by offering respite care, whereby a  homecare nurse or nursing aide attends to the client while the caregiver runs errands or takes a much-needed rest.

To donate, make your cheque payable to “ABLE Limited”. To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.able-sg.org

Assisi Hospice
 
Each year, Assisi Hospice celebrates Christmas in a big way as it may be the last for many of their patients. It is for this reason that it lights up a 9-metre tree with some 30,000 bulbs (see photo below).

Symbolising peace and joy, the festive lights also bring comfort and cheer to patients and their families as they spend precious time in each other’s company.

Each $10 donation will light a bulb on the Assisi Christmas tree. All funds raised will go towards supporting needy patients who need hospice and palliative care.

To make a donation, visit www.sggives.org/ah and select “Christmas Light Up 2014” or call 6347- 6437/6442. To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.assisihospice.org.sg

Canossaville Children’s Home (CCH)

CCH offers residential care to girls between the ages of four and 12 who come from family situations which may put them at risk. Their Student Care Centre provides before/after school care for primary school boys and girls. The home works creatively to give the children emotional and psychological support. This helps in the eventual reintegration of the residents with their families. The home is run under the guidance of the Canossian Daughters of Charity. From now to Dec 31, donations will be matched by the government under the Care & Share initiative.

To donate,  make your cheque payable to “Canossaville Children’s Home” or go to www.sggives.org for donations via credit card Intenet banking. To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.cch.org.sg

Cambodian flood victims assisted by Charis. Cambodian flood victims assisted by Charis.
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS)*

CHARIS is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore. Its beneficiaries include disaster victims as well as those displaced by civil wars and strife. CHARIS provides basic needs such as food, water, shelter and sanitation. It also provides aid to the poor and needy in non-disaster related situations.

As an entity directly under the Archdiocese of Singapore and whose services benefit needy people outside the country, CHARIS does not receive funding from the government.

To donate, make your cheque payable to “Humanitarian Aid Fund”. To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out  www.charis-singapore.org

Catholic Aids Response Effort (CARE)

CARE serves homeless people living with HIV/AIDS by providing short-term accommodation, meals and other material needs, such as pocket money. For women and their children who are on the Non-Residential Programme, CARE provides monthly food vouchers, pocket money and other forms of financial support. It also offers emotional, psychological and spiritual support to its clients.

Donations to CARE can be made via cheque in favour of “Catholic AIDS Response Effort”.  To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.care.org.sg

Clarity


Clarity helps people from all walks of life who struggle with various psychological issues, such as anxiety and depression, as well as some other forms of mental disorders. A large majority of clients are unable to pay for Clarity’s services due to unemployment or large medical bills and other financial difficulties. The charity provides psychotherapy counselling, peer/group support and art-based therapy.

To donate, make your cheque payable to Clarity Singapore Limited or go to https: www.sggives.org/clarity. To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.clarity.org.sg

Family Life Society (FLS)

The clients of FLS are low-income and “sandwiched” middle income families. Their needs are mainly financial and social, such as monetary assistance, food, shelter and counselling.
 
FLS offers programmes in schools, parishes and to the general public on couple relationship, parenting and sexuality. It operates a Pregnancy Crisis Service to support women who have decided to keep their unexpected pregnancy by providing counselling, referring them to a shelter, and assisting them with adoption linkage. It also runs Rachel’s Vineyard, a post-abortion healing weekend.

Donations can be made by cheque payable to “Family Life Society”. For donations by credit card, contact Veronica (6488-0278). To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.fls.org.sg

A youth is supervised in learning handicraft-making.A youth is supervised in learning handicraft-making.
HopeHouse

HopeHouse serves at-risk youths between the ages of 16 and 21 years who have been rendered homeless, unable to return to their families due to major conflicts or have committed legal offences. Some are referred to HopeHouse by the Ministry of Social and Family Development. The residents receive individualised support that will enhance their life skills and positive values, eventually enabling them to be integrated into their respective families and to society.

To donate, make your cheque payable to “HOPEHOUSE LTD”. Online donations can be made through: https://www.sggives.org/hopehouse.

To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.hopehouse.org.sg

Morning Star Community Services

Morning Star reaches out to mainstream primary school kids at risk of dropping out due to failing grades in at least two subjects.

Through a programme called NOVA (Nurturing One’s Valuable Attributes), the children receive individualised educational support, enabling them to learn according to their own pace. This further encourages the kids to gradually develop an interest in learning.

The NOVA Fund supports struggling learners who come from disadvantaged and multi-stressed, low-income families.

Donations to the NOVA Fund are matched dollar for dollar by the government. To donate, write a cheque to “Morning Star Community Services”, or go to http://www.giveasia.org/movement/run_for_the_kids_2 or https://www.sggives.org To find out more about the organisation and to contribute, check out www.morningstar.org.sg


Donors to all the Catholic charities named here, except those marked with an asterisk (*), enjoy tax deductions equivalent to 2.5 times the donated amount.

Please write your name, NRIC number and mailing address at the back of the cheque.

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