SACS BOARD 2017-2019

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Our History

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2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS).  It started with a simple step of Faith, sowing Hope among the sick and needy, and bringing the Love of God to the Community.

The genesis of Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS), began in the early 1950s with the establishment of a free clinic by Mrs. Catherine Thomas, a trained nurse and wife of the principal of St. Andrew’s School, Mr. Francis Thomas, to serve the needy villagers living in the Potong Pasir area.

In the 1960s, a student of St. Andrew’s School committed suicide. The unfortunate event highlighted the need for student care and counselling. This led Mr. Francis Thomas to set up a School Counselling Services in a little wooden building on the grounds of St. Margaret’s Primary School.

On 31 August 1967, SAWC was inaugurated to minister to and to carry out community services and welfare work, amongst the elderly, the poor, the destitute and the aged sick, according to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was a modest set-up operating from a small building in the compounds of the Armenian Church. Student Counselling Services became the very first service arm of SAWC. Collaboration were initiated with other social service agencies such as the Wilkie Road Children’s Home, drug rehabilitation and the Christian Outreach to the Handicapped.

In August 1986, Whampoa Care Centre was set-up. It served as a family crisis refuge for women and children, and a day care sheltered workshop which provide skills and job opportunities for persons with mental health issues. Through this service, we realised some of our clients’ fundamental cause of destitution and helplessness was due to their mental health issues. There was a lack of help for people with mental health issues during the time. This motivated us to begin psychiatric rehabilitation and counselling services, which became one of our core services up to this day.

SAWC was restructured to bring together the other community service arms of the Diocese, and was renamed to Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS) in 2004. While there are various community service and parish-based initiatives under the umbrella of SACS, we shared a common mission – to seek the welfare of the city and serve the needs of the disadvantaged and the destitute with the love of God.