In 2007, a burden was placed in our hearts for those in their twilight years. With the goal to bring joy to the aged, a team from The New Charis Mission (hereafter known as “TNCM”) began visiting the elderly residing in the one-room rental flats in Whampoa. Time were spent on a weekly basis engaging these elderly through hearty conversations, playing interactive games and conducting singing sessions.
In 2010, an opportunity arose for us to serve the elderly in the rental flats in Ang Mo Kio which persists on till today. Simple befriending expanded to outings, festive season celebratory block parties/banquet lunch, monthly complimentary haircuts and home improvement projects.
“Bringing Joy to the Aged” is led by our very core beneficiaries of TNCM; i.e. the transformed ex-offenders. Lives impact lives!
Through our weekly engagement and frequent interaction, we hope to see the Pioneer Generation moving from dependent individuals of the community to being inter-dependent and ultimately self-dependent contributors back to the community.
On our own, there is so much we can do, but when more hands and hearts get into the picture, every effort is multiplied. Tangibly we have seen what can be achieved as our services expand from Ang Mo Kio to the estate of Chai Chee.
Through organised outings, we sought to alleviate the mobility issues which hindered the elderly from enjoying themselves a our homeland’s places of attraction or places where we usually go on the weekends.