DAYBREAK FAMILY 晨光家庭服务中心
Daybreak Family Service Centre (DFSC) has been serving families in the Yishun community since 2000. In FY2014/15, DFSC connected with 2,504 beneficiaries, up from 2,075 in the previous year.
CONNECTING TO THE YISHUN COMMUNITY
DFSC collaborates with community partners such as Social Service Office (SSO), schools and other Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to reach out to needy or vulnerable families.
INNOVATIVE DEBT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME PILOT
DFSC participated in the pilot of the Family Development Programme (FDP). Developed by MWS, the programme provided dollar for dollar matching of debts cleared by beneficiaries.
In their advanced years, Mdm Tan* and her husband were thrust into parenting for their 3 young grandchildren when their parents divorced and left the children behind. To make ends meet, the old couple had to work odd jobs.
DFSC stepped in and linked the family up with various community resources to help them cope. They obtained financial assistance for the children and food rations.
One of the children was placed on the MWS Tutoring Programme and achieved better grades. The children were also engaged in many children’s programmes such as camps, workshops and excursions during the school holidays. These provided not only meaningful and positive memories but also met crucial social and developmental needs.
Today, the grandparents feel more empowered in their caregiving role as they know that help is always around the corner. They remain hopeful of the eventual return of the children’s parents.
*Not her real name