Hope and Support for Vulnerables in Singapore
As part of its corporate social responsibility, SGX continues to strive to mitigate societal gaps by channelling support to various social service agencies, reaching as many different sectors as possible.
One of SGX’s adopted charities is HCSA Community Services, a charitable organisation that helps vulnerable groups such as ex-offenders, single parents with limited support, and teenage girls who have experienced the trauma of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, to rise above their circumstances and live their lives with renewed hope and purpose.
Empowering the Vulnerable Sectors
The various programmes of HCSA Community Services are geared towards elevating the future and the livelihood of disadvantaged families through education, recovery, upscaling and impartation of skills. Their primary aim is to empower people and to raise their standards of living.
Their signature programmes include: HCSA Highpoint – which helps ex-offenders rebuild their lives; HCSA Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre – which gives hope to abused teenage girls, HCSA Dayspring SPIN – for empowering single parents with limited support; and HCSA Academy – which empowers F&B professionals to become workplace ready.
Giving Hope and Support to Single Parents
SGX Cares supports the HCSA Dayspring programmes, including SPIN and the Residential Treatment Centre. SPIN, (Single Parents INformed, INvolved, Included) seeks to give hope and assistance to single parents and lone caregivers who lack emotional, physical, or practical support. SGX has been actively supporting social activities and workshops that SPIN conducts to empower single parents and to strengthen their social support network.
41-year-old Gracy, originally from India, moved to Singapore with her husband after he found a job in the country. However, he passed away due to cardiac arrest in 2018, leaving Gracy with their 9-year-old daughter and no other relatives to rely on for support. After suffering from poor mental health that caused her to withdraw from social interactions, she was referred to HCSA’s SPIN programme. With SPIN, she found support and friendship from people with similar experiences, which eventually helped her regained joy in life.
Making Young Lives Brighter
HCSA also provides much needed support to teenage girls who have suffered various forms of abuse. The HCSA Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre gives them a safe haven to recover from their trauma and regain the self-worth and confidence they need to reintegrate into society. The treatment centre offers a safe and therapeutic environment, coupled with quality care to ensure older girls with high risks and needs are taken care of. HCSA provides clinical therapies to help them overcome emotional battles and psychological trauma of abuse. It has helped 84 abused girls since it started in 2011.
A Spring of Hope for the Disadvantaged and Marginalized
HCSA has actively participated in our social and outreach activities, ranging from participating in our SGX Bull Charge Charity Futsal in 2019 to picnics, a ride on the Singapore Flyer and an educational aerospace experience at the Singapore Youth Flying Club.
Picnic at East Coast Park – beneficiaries participated in a treasure hunt, ping-pong relay, 3-legged race, games & puzzles.
These activities helped nurture the bond between single parents and their children and gave them plenty of precious memories to cherish.
SGX Continues to Support HCSA
HCSA Community Services is grateful to be among the chosen charities of SGX Bull Charge since 2018.
“SGX has always led the way, rallying the financial community, to lend their voice and efforts to help Charities like ours’ mitigate the gaps and needs in society. SGX Bull Charge provides the much-needed financial booster that allows HCSA to focus in our role of providing care and aid to elevate the beneficiaries’ future and livelihood, through education, recovery, upscaling or an impartation of a skill. It takes a whole community to improve the lives of those we are serving, and we are thankful for partners like SGX.” said Adelene Wee, Director, Partnerships
Despite challenges posed by COVID-19, SGX remains committed to raise funds for our beneficiaries this year, through our Virtual Charity Run and other business-led events.