Stephens Home for the Aged
This service project of St. John’s Church, was the dream of Mrs. Kathleen Dorothy Stephen, to shelter and care for the aged and handicapped who do not have any support and are unable to look after themselves. Her abiding concern for them promoted her to bequeath her home on No. 14, Clarke Road, opposite Richards Park, to St. John’s Church. The home was dedicated on 9th August 1998 and set up with the gifts from the congregation.
Stephen’s Home is dependent entirely on the support from the Church. The running expenses of the home are met by the interest from an endowment fund, and donations in cash or monthly provisions from the congregation.
On August 12, 1978, the second institution to be established by the Church, this time on itspremises, was the Asha Nivas, a home for senior citizens,. It was established as a project to help the senior citizens of the Church of South India so that “those who had sacrificed much and cared for others could now come and live in the shadow of the church and in the circle of its caring ministry”.
The home is meant to be self-supporting but due to inflation and falling interest rates on fixed deposits, many of the residents find it difficult to meet the increased rates of food, electricity and medical bills. Therefore in 2002 a ‘Friends of Asha Nivas’ Fund was set up to help the residents in different ways. A resident puts down a deposit, and pays a monthly rent, water and electricity bill, and the actual cost of the food.
The second phase was completed in February 1983. It now has three blocks with five double suites with attached bath and kitchen and 12 single bath attached rooms. The central block includes a common recreation/dining room and kitchen.