Catholic Church to set up centre for social services

SINGAPORE - A one-stop centre offering social services by several Catholic charity and community organisations will be set up in Toa Payoh in 2015.

Caritas Singapore, the social service arm of the Catholic Church, held a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony of the Agape Village on Thursday.

The four-storey centre will have mobile offices housing eight of the 23 organisations in Caritas Singapore.

Services including counselling, job training and legal aid will be under one roof, offering a single coordinated point of assistance to the needy.

Executive director of Catholic Welfare Services, Mr James Chew, said close collaboration with charities was important. He said: "Coming under one roof at Agape Village will facilitate greater inclusion, communication and coordination."

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said that Agape Village is one example of how social services can be better integrated.

So far, the organisation has raised $3.4 million of the $15 million needed.

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