CWS Milestones



  • Inaugural Meeting of CWS held on April 20th 1959, with Archbishop Michael Olcomendy as President and Mr. Ee Peng Liang as Chairman.


  • The first ever "Charities Week" collections among CWS members to expand its activities and services.
  • Started Breadline / Indigents' Diner to distribute bread and milk drinks to poor and destitute people at the HQ.


  • Registered as a society with the Registrar of Societies on May 4, 1961.


  • Rose Villa, a shelter run by the Good Shepherd Sisters for unmarried mothers.


  • CWS Workers' Corp formed to visit patients and distribute food to patients of the Kwong Wai Sui Free Hospital.
  • Study Scholarship Fund set up to grant scholarships to deserving poor students.


  • The Maranatha Centre, a Clinic and Welfare Centre to help the residents of the Queenstown Housing Estate.


  • The Catholic Welfare Rest Home set up.


  • The CWS Social and Welfare Centre in Jalan Kayu opened to distribute food supplements to the needy in Yio Chu Kang/Jalan Kayu/Seletar Base areas.


  • Free library service established at Mt. Alvernia Hospital.
  • Social and Welfare Centre, opened at Tuas Village, Jurong.
  • Mobile Clinic opened to provide medical services in three rural areas in Tuas Village, Jalan Kayu and Changi.
  • CWS Vocational Training Centre for Girls set up to provide training for deserving needy students.


  • CWS Vocational Training Centre for Practical Electricity for Boys set up to teach underprivileged boys to help themselves.
  • Girls' Town Home at Chestnut Drive officially opened to equip underprivileged girls with necessary life-skills.


  • The Catholic Welfare Transit Home established to help underprivileged boys secure employment in the Jurong Industrial Estate.
  • The Bukit Ho Swee Community Service Project, known originally as the Nazarene Centre, was set up to improve the living conditions of the residents affected by the Bukit Ho Swee fire in May 1961.

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