KUCHING – Sixteen parishioners from Kuching took the opportunity to join the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SSVP) Lenten visit to the Mental Health Halfway Home in Kota Sentosa on 9 March.
On hand to welcome the visitors was the project manager of the Home, Remy ak Ingeor. According to her, the Home is run by the Mental Health Association, a non-governmental organisation formed in 1968. The present home commenced operations in 1995.
Presently, there are ten residents in the home which is managed by two staff members. Besides the live-in residents, there are about ten day patients using the Home.
All these residents have been cured of their illnesses but still need medication to carry on. They are all very independent and can carry out their daily activities normally. All of them are able to work either under the snack food/keropok project at the Home or places outside the Home earning a few hundred ringgit monthly. Other activities at the Home includes managing a plant nursery, gardening and cleaning.
On average, approximately RM10,000 is needed per month to maintain the home. Most of the money is donated by members of the public, with a small yearly grant from the Government.
Before ending the visit, the visitors were taken on a familiarisation tour of the Home.