Mercy & Justice
“I am here all by myself most of the time, if ever you are free, please come and visit.”
- Yong-en beneficiary and elderly Chinatown resident
In a city of 5.7 million people, how do we find and reach those who have slipped through the social fabric of society?
We have some ideas.
In mid-2016, we undertook a mapping project to better understand the greatest needs in our immediate neighborhood. We talked to social workers, VWOs and SSOs, community organizers and other local churches. They echoed the same sentiment:
In Singapore, we are resource rich but time poor.
So what does that mean for our mercy and justice work? How can we seek justice, love mercy, and be radically generous in an impactful way?
Our research and conversation pointed us towards two specific groups: children and families. Within the neighborhoods of Jalan Kukoh, Jalan Minyak, York Hill and Kreta Ayer, vulnerable children and families experience social isolation including loneliness, family breakdown, obstacles to education and insecure employment.
But here’s the exciting part: we’ve partnered with two awesome organizations tackling these issues. Yong-en Care Centre and ReadAble have invited us to join their work in loving the Chinatown community through tangible acts of service.
Within RHC, we have also established a ground-up initiative – “Love Chinatown” – led by our members, whose aim is to reach the community through prayer and regular home visits to local residents.
To learn more or sign up to volunteer with ReadAble, Yong-en, or Love Chinatown, please complete our online form.