"St. John's Home was started as a Home for the destitute and the really poor. There are also other families who require care from institutions like ours. We are not a Government-funded Home, and it gives us great challenge, therefore, to rally the community to support the elderly."
Woon Wee Yim, Chairman of the Management Committee
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Established in December 1958, St. John's Home for Elderly Persons is a Sheltered Home for elderly persons aged 60 and above who are ambulant.
Our mission is to provide shelter and care for the physical and spiritual needs of such elderly persons as
As an Institution of a Public Character (IPC), monetary donations to the Home qualify for
In other words, donors who made monetary contributions to the Home can enjoy tax exemption, at 2.5 times the amount donated.
Elderly persons admitted to our Home usually face family or financial situations such as:
i) being no longer able to care for themselves due to old age and physical/medical problems;
ii) having no immediate family, or having family members who have passed away or who are themselves elderly and are thus no longer able to provide care;
iii) severe conflict within the family (with spouse or children/children-in-law, and conflict between children and their spouse);
iv) financial problems which make commercial Homes out of reach.
The Home's licenced capacity is 102 elderly residents.
Since the Home started operations in December 1958, we have been located at our present site at 69 Wan Tho Avenue. In 2015, we purchased from the Government a fresh 30-year lease which will expire in December 2045, on a smaller land area of 3,300sqm on our present site. Concurrently, we also signed a three-plus-three year land tenancy agreement on the remaining 8,924sqm land area that we are currently occupying.
We will have to construct a new five-storey building on the 30-year lease land, to meet a plot ratio of 1.4 required by the Government. We plan to begin construction in June 2018. When we move into the new building, we will increase our licenced capacity from the present 102 to 150 elderly persons.
In the past few years, the Home has stepped up our fundraising efforts. But as a relatively small Charity with limited resources, it is a huge challenge to raise the $2 million to $3 million per year in additional funds for our Building Redevelopment project. And we invite you to support us, either by volunteering your services or by helping us to raise funds.