TOBIAS SOCIAL WELFARE FOUNDATION, TAINAN Octobre 2019
DIGNITY FOR ALL
The Tobias Social Welfare Foundation, founded in 2010, is a non-profit organization of the Catholic Diocese of Tainan, Taiwan. It provides services for infants who are at risk of developmental delay and children with disabilities. It also offers support to adults who are mentally challenged or have multiple disabilities, as well as to families of aging people with disabilities. It currently employs over 60 women and men. Staff members are a diverse group with a wide range of skills and expertise: therapists, social workers, special educators, caretakers, public relations and office workers etc.. The foundation’s services are checked by Tainan City Government’s Bureau of Social Affairs and partly subsidized.
“DIGNITY FOR ALL” Dignity is not something we can give. It is something that we can find and bring to light in each human being. Children, youth, adults and the elderly, all want te be loved loved and respected, whatever their situation is.
Each human being is unique. His or her value does not depend on looking different or acting a certain way, having defined abilities or making specific achievements. A person's worth lies in the fact that he or she is made to the image of God, the Creator and is capable of loving and being loved.
OUR MISSION & VISION
Diversity is something healthy in nature as well as in the human community. We want to create neighborhoods that not only accept it, but also feel at ease with it and want to celebrate it.
The foundation is opting for more inclusion and community-based services. We want to raise the public’s awareness of the needs of individuals with intellectual and multiple disabilities and of those being marginalized by society. They deserve the same respect and have the same rights as any other person.
Early Intervention Notification and Referral and Case Management Center for Infants with Developmental Delay - commissioned by the Tainan City Bureau of Social Affairs
Provides support for families having a child at risk of developmental delay to enhance the child's healthy growth and development, introducing services specifically designed to meet the parents' and children's individual needs.
Guangming Early Intervention & Education Center
Helps infants and toddlers with developmental delay to advance in all areas of growth. The services may be center-based, home-based, nursery school-based, or a combination of it.
Since a delay in one developmental area (e.g. speech) can affect other areas, therefore, it is vital that the treatment is holistic and that the child receives it as soon as possible.
Jisheng Workshop, Chongmei Workshop, Taijiang Workshop
3 Community-based Day Services for Adults with Special Needs: These ateliers provide work,
handicraft and other meaningful activities that lead to more productive, independent and satisfying lives. Through indoor and outdoor activities the individuals are taught communication and working skills, basic self-help, speaking up for themselves and making decisions.
Physical Fitness Center for People with Disabilities - commissioned by the Tainan City Bureau of Social Affairs
Offers individual and group classes to persons with physical or mental disabilities aged 15 to 64. Our multi-disciplinary staff assesses the Individual’s physical health and writes out an exercise plan in order to enhance his or her physical fitness and well-being.
Support Service for the Mutual Caring in Families of Aging People with Disabilities Aging individuals with intellectual disabilities and their aging parents are seen as the "double aging" problem, which means that the family will face a double burden of healthcare. This program gives practical support to those individuals and families in need of, offers information about available health and social welfare services and helps persons concerned to make appropriate choices.
Support Service for Elderly Living in their own Homes (Aging in Place)
In order to ensure a stable, dignified, healthy and peaceful life, we offer community- based timely assistance to seniors living with their families. Putting the right services in place not only promotes the well-being of the elderly, but also helps and reduces the stress of those taking care of their loved ones.
Ambulatory Home-based Bathing Service for Bedridden People Suffering from Dementia or other Disabilities
Elderly people deserve to live in their homes for as long as possible. However, especially if they are bed-ridden, they often do not get the appropriate hygienic care. They need to be bathed on a regular basis. Giving someone a complete bath requires time, patience and respect for the patient's privacy and dignity. Our ambulatory home-based bathing service is provided by a team of three specially trained staff members: a nurse, a caretaker and an operator. Throughout the entire process, they pay attention that the client feels respected and comfortable.
Professional Therapy and Rehab Services
A team of therapists is working hand in hand with the Tobias Foundation and is offering the professional know-how also to other agencies in the Tainan area. Its services are covering physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as assessment and use of rehab aids.
Every year there are over 2000 individuals or families using our services, 200 of them on a regular daily (Monday to Friday) or weekly basis.
THE FINANCING OF THE FOUNDATION
The foundation’s programs, as well as the clients’ service-fees, are partly subsidized by the central or local governments. However, without raising funds from individual and corporate donors the foundation wouldn’t be able to continue its services. 40% of its expenditure’s amount has to be obtained through fundraising, that is more than 20'000'000 TWD ( 650'000 USD) a year.
HOW TO CONTACT TOBIAS SOCIAL WELFARE FOUNDATION
Postal Address: No.191 Guangming Street, 70154 Tainan, TAIWAN Tel.+886 6 236-5328
In-Charge: Fr. Hugo PETER (吳道遠 神父) Mobile: +886 928301539
Bank Account: Taiwan Business Bank, Anping Branch
Bank Address: No.67, Sec.1, Jhonghua W.Rd., Tainan, 70266 Taiwan
Account Holder: Tobias Social Welfare Foundation
Account number: 73012186093
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CURRENTLY RUNNING PROJECT
With the local bishop’s consent, the Congregation of the Mission (C.M.) entrusted the St. Raphael Church in Tainan’s East District (No 191, Guangming Street) and all of its surroundings to our Tobias Foundation to be used for our social services. With a donor’s generous support, the foundation has already begun refurbishing the area around the church. Some smaller constructions and shanties were torn down, and the whole area behind the church was leveled out. However, the small, old, red brick church (196 m2) requires urgent repairs. The plans include dividing the church into two separate parts. The front will be used as a chapel, offering seating for up to 60 persons. The back area will be separated by a soundproof wall and will become the foundation’s office, which will include two small meeting rooms. The total estimated cost of this project is 4’183’284 TWD (137’000 USD). This project will not only give the foundation urgently required office space, it also will return workspace to the Guangming Early Intervention Center, located in front of the church. That space had been occupied by the foundation for over five years, and it will be given to the Guangming Early Intervention Center so as to provide services for infants with developmental delays.
Fundraising for this project just started. Cordial thanks to all those who want to help us！