SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

 

The New Charis Mission (TNCM) runs a social enterprise to fund the daily operation of the organisation. Our monthly operation expenses is approximately $1.1 million. These monies go into the running of our daily operations, halfway house overheads, staff salary/allowances, and community services; such as the elderly, prisons, schools/boys’ home and many more. The social enterprise essentially covers 60% of our monthly expenses.

 

Part of the revenue from the social enterprise also goes to funding training for the staff and residents of the halfway house. The investment of funds in the equipping of the individuals stems from the belief in a need for progress and upgrading. Training includes Diploma courses in counselling, skillsets workshops and other short-term courses such as Proficiency in the English language.

Revenue from the social enterprise, along with support from generous sponsors has made the following possible.

 

  • 16 have attained Certificate in Counselling
  • 4 have completed Diploma In Counselling Psychology
  • 6 are Certified Behavioural Consultants
  • 1 has completed Diploma In Counselling Psychology & Gambling Addiction Counselling
  • 7 have completed Advanced Diploma In Counselling
  • 4 are taking Certificate In English for Business
  • 5 have completed training in House Removal Skills
  • 1 is pursuing a certification in Solution-Focus Therapy
  • 1 is pursuing a Diploma in Business Management
  • 2 are accreditated Registered Social Service Practitioners
  • 3 would be starting BA (Hons) in Theology 

 

Mr. Wong and his team first started the social enterprise with the sole mission of providing jobs for the ex-offender and ex-drug addicts who have been ostracised by society. Many, who have decided to change and lead a new reformed life, have often run into a dead end in their quest for jobs. Due to setbacks as such, many have relapsed and returned back to crime and addiction. Seeing this problem, Mr. Wong and his team decided to start this social enterprise initiative, benefitting many. We started off as a small team providing only house moving services and expanded to inland delivery services, painting and maintenance services. Today, we have a team of 50 men, 4 trucks and 2 vans with services ranging from house, office and warehouse local relocation, painting and maintenance of property as well as the setting up of exhibition booths for various conventions and events.

Our moving team was started and managed by the very same winners of the Mr. Best Mover contest 1999 and the Mr. Mover Challenge Award organised by The Industrial and Services Co-operative Society Limited (ISCOS) thus we have a very efficient and dedicated team to attend to every need of our clients.

 

 

Our Director Mr. Don Wong was awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship, organised by The Straits Times and Schwab Foundation. Mr. Wong has been invited as a Panelist Speaker in various forums such as the NUS Social Entrepreneurship Forum and The Charities Secretaries Conference 2008. He is also invited as a speaker by Universities and Polytechnics such as NUS (National University of Singapore), SMU (Singapore Management University), Republic Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic to share on the topics of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

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