Montfort Care aims to serve the evolving needs of the local community
Archbishop William Goh officially blessed and launched Montfort Care, a network of initiatives and programmes aimed at improving the lives of individuals, families and the community.
The ceremony was held at the @27 Family Service Centre (FSC) in Telok Blangah on Feb 15.
Montfort Care’s origins can be traced to its first initiative, the Marine Parade Family Service Centre (MPFSC), which started as a community project by the Gabrielite Brothers and Catholic Welfare Services in 2000.
The Caritas-affiliate’s presence in the community grew, which led to the introduction of other programmes for young children and senior citizens such as GoodLife!, Young-at-Heart! (YAH!), Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre and @27 FSC (see story below).
Montfort Care was then introduced in October 2013 to oversee these community services.
Archbishop Goh, in his address, referred to the network’s decision to name their new initiative Montfort Care, which it said was inspired by St Louis Marie de Montfort’s life of helping the needy.
Speaking to the crowd of about 120 people, which included Montfort Care staff, volunteers, priests, Religious and Caritas affiliates, Archbishop Goh shared a quote from the saint.
“Those whom the world rejects, must move you the most,” he said.
The archbishop encouraged his audience to “move through the love of Christ” and bring hope to those who need it. He also stressed that these services need “more publicity”.
Montfort Care chairman Paul Beh, in his welcome speech, noted how the network has grown from “eight staff in 2000 to 70 staff now”, and that they “handle an average of 700 cases per month” in both family service centres.
He also spoke about the introduction of Big Love in mid-2013, adding that it has “handled about 100 cases”, which is a lot considering that it has only been in existence for half a year.
During the event, Archbishop Goh also blessed the staff of Big Love as well as plaques to be placed in the various Montfort Care centres.
A skit portraying a family with an abusive father and how a social worker helped to mediate in the crisis was staged to illustrate the work that Big Love does.
Montfort Care volunteers staged a flash mob, while children of staff from Big Love performed a dance.
Gabrielite Br Dominic Yeo-Koh welcomed the guests and led the opening prayer during the event.
By Clara Lai
|jkINITIATIVES UNDER MONTFORT CARE|
Marine Parade Family Service Centre
Address: 53 Marine Terrace, #01-227, Singapore 440053.
@27 Family Service Centre
Address: 27 Telok Blangah Way #01-1018, Singapore 090027.
Outreach: The family service centres (FSCs) aim to serve individuals, families and communities in need. They provide information and referrals to appropriate services, casework management and counselling, and outreach programmes such as to the elderly at @27 FSC.
Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre
Address: 27 Telok Blangah Way, #01-1018, Singapore 090027.
Outreach: To children and families with known child protection concerns. The centre provides comprehensive casework management, and programmes such as home-based parenting and family bonding events.
Address: 15 Marine Terrace, #01-18, Singapore 440015.
Outreach: GoodLife! is a wellness centre that provides a wide range of integrated programmes to promote and enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of seniors.
Address: 1 Jurong West Central 2, #06-01, Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648886.
Outreach: Empowering seniors by encouraging personal growth, enhancing their relationships with families and friends, and strengthening their sense of connectedness to the community.