Good Shepherd Centre

In 1986 a crisis shelter was set up in Sembawang to provide a safe place for women and their children who had fled their homes because of family violence. It also sheltered women who faced difficulties after their release from prison. To accommodate an increasing number of women and their families in crisis, the shelter moved to its present premises.

A Safe Sanctuary
Today Good Shepherd Centre (GSC) provides a safe haven for women who have been abused, to work through their trauma and crisis. Some of the women, often with children in tow, are survivors of chronic domestic violence. As far as possible, we accommodate the mothers and their children together in the shelter. Some of the abused spouses are foreigners with little family support and few friends they can turn to. We extend assistance to them in seeking legal aid, some of which are offered pro-bono. We also help them navigate through ubiquitous hurdles in their search for a decent roof over their heads. Some of these women face difficulties in finding a job, yet earning an income is one of the keys to their independence and free them from the shackles of relentless abuse. We partner with understanding and compassionate employers who believe in our mission and try their best to provide jobs for the women in our care and shelter.

 

GSC is the only non-governmental organization (NGO) that is appointed by the government to provide victim care for women who have been trafficked into Singapore.

Care & Compassion
Through care and compassion, and the programmes and activities in GSC the women experience healing and are empowered to tap on their inner strength and resources to rebuild their lives and plan a future for themselves and their families. They become aware of their rights as women. As duty bearers we help to restore their rights and uphold their dignity and self-worth.

 

The humanitarian services we provide in GSC are carried out quietly, as we respect and honour the confidentiality and privacy of the residents, and we protect them from their perpetrators. Yet, we could not have journeyed with these courageous and resilient women without the staunch and equally quiet support and accompaniment of volunteers, donors and benefactors. They may be individuals, or groups, each bringing something special, for example teaching English, cooking, baking, sewing, dance and singing. As many of the women are from countries where English is hardly used, we often need interpreters. Some simply donate food staples and toiletries or organize outings for the residents. One thing is clear; they all care for the women as much as we do.