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By AAS

3 November, 2014

 

Vision: “To see every girl and woman, especially those at risk, live a life of purpose and hope, make peace with her past, and find purpose in her present and renewed hope for the future.”

I was invited to the annual DaySpring recent fundraising dinner and was truly inspired by the evening. To know their heart wrenching experiences and see their heroic recovery was the highlight of the evening’s celebration. I was able to witness the success of their program’s first graduates. These are inspiring young woman who now want to “pay it forward” and help others who were in their situation through an internship at DaySpring – a place they called home. There are many different types of charity, but supporting this one perpetuates goodness.

–Christina Ong (Director, Periplus Publishing Pte Ltd)

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DaySpring was founded in 2006 by Alice Heng, an accountant by training. Though at that time Alice was battling a rare form of cancer, she was not deterred from starting a counseling center for women in a rented 4,000-square foot apartment on Cairnhill Road. Her vision was to provide an easily accessible refuge and oasis of hope and healing for women in need. Alice believed that an empowered woman will empower others. She longed to see them renewed and equipped to live lives of confidence, purpose and hope, becoming the women that God destined them to be. Since 2006, 

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DaySpring has been providing a voluntary welfare service to women and at-risk youth in Singapore. DaySpring is a self-funded initiative under Highpoint Community Services Association (HCSA) 

which is a member of the National Council of Social Services and recognized as an Institution of Public Character (IPC).

 

 

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In February, 2007, Alice passed away, but her courage, passion and dedication have inspired many others to step up to continue her work. Today, DaySpring operates a Residential Treatment Centre for abused teenage girls.

DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre was set up in 2011 to provide a caring, safe and structured environment to help bring hope and healing to teenage girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse. DaySpring understands that teenage girls who have experienced the trauma of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional or neglect) struggle with complex emotional and behavioral issues. DaySpring aims to provide these girls in pain with a safe and loving environment where they can benefit from proven therapies that cater to their condition.

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The center is unique in providing a residential therapeutic treatment program in a small group home setting for up to 16 girls from the ages of 12 to 16. Each resident engages in a live-in program of 12-18 months followed by a 6-month after-care transition program. While the main purpose of the residential program is to provide therapy and treatment for complex trauma of abuse and help them learn to manage their symptoms and issues, the purpose of the transition program is to equip residents for reunification with families and/or adjust to independent living. The center provides this transition program to a maximum number of 6 graduates at a time. DaySpring RTC aims to become a model for culturally relevant, evidence-based intervention for Asian youth at-risk. DaySpring RTC's program is approved by Singapore's Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

 

Adelene Wee is the Director, Partnerships of HCSA.

She has been involved in DaySpring's vision from Day 1, as her best friend, Alice is its founder.

Adelene was Singapore's First World Champion in Bowling and now champions the causes of DaySpring.

She can be contacted at adelene@dayspring.org.sg or Tel : 6276 8002 / 9615 2828 should you wish to schedule a visit to

DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre and Transition Home

Website : www.dayspring.org.sg