It all began when Anne Webb was asked to visit and pray with an AIDS patient at the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC). The bed-ridden patient was partially blind and wanted somebody to pray with him. In those days, and to some extent even now, PLWHAs were shunned by an ignorant and AIDS-phobic public. Her daughter Jackie Webb, later took over her role when she was unable to carry on her prayer ministry.
Jackie went on to form CARE in 1991. Click here to read Jackie Webb’s account of our beginnings in her letter to past President Michael Png, written circa 2004.
We were inaugurated as a lay apostolate ministry of the Catholic Church on 6 June 1992 with the approval of His Grace, Archbishop Emeritus Gregory Yong.
For a picture of what we were doing 10 years later, click here to read the historic description taken from the first CARE Website, circa 2003.
In the first ten years we did ward work. However this had to cease with the onset of SARS in 2003. From then on, we switched our efforts to caring for the homeless and the destitute who were not hospitalised. After a number of temporary locations, we established the first CARE Shelter at 11 Hillside Drive, the former premises of St Joseph’s Convent, in 2005. We moved to our present premises, with the kind permission of the Good Shepherd Sisters, in 2006. We shall have to move again by 31 Dec 2013, as the land is being acquired for a public purpose. We will be relocating to the northern part of the island.
In 2008, we initiated our Non-Resident Support Programme, targeting at PLWHA women (and their children). In the same year, we started our Schools Outreach programme, targeting Catholic secondary schools.
Following a strategic review held in 2009, we initiated a Befrienders Programme in 2010. This was aimed at providing a structured framework within which Volunteers may befriend and help our resident and non-resident PLWHAs, and eventually those in our Follow Up programme. We also adopted Advocacy as a major thrust of our work, to help create better understanding, compassion and acceptance of PLWHAs, by families, employers and society.
We were registered as a society in 2004 and a charity in 2006. On 1 November 2010, we were granted IPC status.
Those Who Led and Inspired us