From A Humble Beginning to a Journey of Greater Opportunities
When Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) was first established in the year 2002, it started small with a humble team of eight members who remained faithful and resilient to our mission of “Changing Stories, Transforming Lives”. Our main service was Students Work where LCCS reached out to youth-at-risk in neighbouring schools in the community through counselling work, family interventions, life skills workshops and enrichment programmes. Over a decade of service, the team of LCCS not only had grown in numbers but also in the expansion of services such as the Family Work Services and the Centre for Restorative Practice, to touch the lives of our beneficiaries, consisting of families, children, youth-at-risk and various stakeholders.
LCCS had our 10th anniversary celebration with a Gala Dinner held on 8 September 2012. LCCS was privileged to have Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs to grace the occasion. The event also saw the support of some 500 corporate and individual donors. LCCS was grateful for the partnership of COMPASS Singapore who so graciously sponsored the night’s performances by the local artistes including Rui En, Taufik Batisah, Lai Yi Xuan and Mel & Joe. The emcee Mr Mark van Culenburg, fondly known as the Flying Dutchman, a radio DJ with MediaCorp created a fun ambience with his witty words.
Mr Teo Chee Hean, in his address, commented that since 2002, LCCS had provided a decade of service of working with youths to prevent them from dropping out of school or fall into delinquency. LCCS reaches out to about 1,300 youths annually, focusing its efforts on students in schools. LCCS had played an important role in guiding and mentoring youths. He further added that he was heartened to learn that LCCS would be deepening its capabilities so that it could better help students in schools and engage their families.
Through the generosity of donors and partners, LCCS managed to raise more than S$200,000 in cash and in kind. We would not have come this far if not for the belief and support of the many friends and individuals from the various governmental ministries, partnering organisations, corporates and educational institutions, not excluding other donors from all walks of life.