TOBIAS SOCIAL WELFARE FOUNDATION, TAINAN February 2023
DIGNITY FOR ALL
Established in 2010, the TOBIAS SOCIAL WELFARE FOUNDATION is part of Tainan Catholic Diocese's social services network and is supervised by Tainan City's Bureau of Social Affairs. The bishop of Tainan is chairman of the board of directors.
The foundation celebrating this year its 10th anniversary, still being in the school-age, has a lot to learn. However, being young, Tobias is also full of life, dreaming of new adventures to come.
The foundation's logo depicts the archangel Raphael accompanying the young Tobias on a journey to a land far away. On their way, Tobias caught a large fish. Raphael told Tobias to keep the fish bile to cure his father Tobit's blindness. He did it, and by rubbing the fish bile on his father's eyes, he cured his disability.
Tobias Social Welfare Foundation provides services for infants who are at risk of developmental delays. It offers support to adults who are mentally challenged or have multiple disabilities, as well as to families with aging people with disabilities and needy elderly individuals confined to their homes. It also supports families caring for bedridden beloved ones by rendering home-based bathing services.
Tobias Foundation's staff members – at present: 57 full- time and 13 part-time employees- are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise: therapists, social workers, special educators, and public relations and office workers. Their common goal is to make a difference in the lives of people often marginalized by society as well in the lives of those caring for them.
OUR MOTTO: "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 older persons, women and men, all want to be 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 she or he can love and be loved.
Diversity is something healthy in nature as well as in the human community. We want to create neighborhoods that accept it and feel at ease with it, and want to celebrate it.
Tainan 2nd Case Management Center for Infants with Developmental Delay
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 delays to advance in all growth areas. The services may be center-based, home-based, nursery school-based, or a combination of them. Since a delay in one developmental area (e.g., speech) can affect other areas, it is vital that the treatment is holistic and that the child receives it as soon as possible.
Offering community-based services in two different City districts, the Center reaches out to more families with small children.
Jisheng Workshop, Chongmei Workshop, Taijiang Workshop 3 Community-based Day Services for Young 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. 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 the family will face a double healthcare burden. This program gives practical support to individuals and families in need, offers information about available health and social welfare services, and helps persons concerned make appropriate choices.
Support Service for the Elderly Living at Home
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 promotes the well-being of the elderly and helps and reduces the stress of those taking care of their loved ones.
Ambulatory Home-based Bathing Service for Bedridden People
Older 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 regularly. 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 two teams 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.
Tainan City Government Fitness Center for People with Disabilities
Compared to the general population, people with disabilities have a greater risk of chronic and secondary health conditions. The Fitness Center for people with disabilities not only improves their health and fitness. It also creates and develops social relationships that make them feel happier. Our multi-disciplinary staff assesses the individual's physical health and writes out an exercise plan to enhance his or her physical fitness and well-being.
Taijiang Fitness Club for the Elderly and Persons with disabilities
Created by the Tobias Social Welfare Foundation in the large Annan district, this Fitness Club brings people with disabilities and older people together and helps them to improve their health. It also creates and develops social relationships.
Professional Interdisciplinary Support Team
A team of therapists is working hand in hand with the Tobias Foundation and is offering the professional know-how to others in need. Its services are covering physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as assessment and use of rehab aids.
Annually over 2000 families are using our services, 200 of them on a regular daily or weekly basis.
TOBIAS FOUNDATION’S FINANCING
The central or local governments partly subsidize the Foundation's programs and the clients' service fees. However, without raising funds from individual and corporate donors, the Foundation wouldn't be able to continue its services. About half of the annual expenditure has to be obtained through fundraising.
For more information about our services please contact us
Postal Address: No.191 Guangming Street, 701014 Tainan, TAIWAN Tel.+886 6 236-5328
In-Charge: Fr. Hugo PETER (吳道遠 神父) Mobile: +886 928301539
HOW TO HELP US
If you wish to make a donation, please use the following information to make a bank transfer
- Taiwan Business Bank Anping Branch, Swift Code: MBBTTWTP730
- Bank address: No. 67, Sec. 1, Jhonghua W. Rd., Tainan, 702026 Taiwan
- Account Number: 73012186093
- Account Holder: Tobias Social Welfare Foundation or by postal remittance in Taiwan：
- Postal Account Number: 31591731
- Account Holder: Tobias Social Welfare Foundation
A receipt will be issued upon each donation entitling the donor to a Taiwan tax deduction.
Thank you for your support！