Lakeside Family Services is proud to run four service centres (including two FSCs) and two student care centres in Jurong East, Jurong West, Taman Jurong and Bukit Merah. We provide casework and counselling, financial assistance, information and referral services targeting family needs for people of all ages, regardless of race, language or religion.
In 2016, Lakeside journeyed with over 1,500 families, plus over 4,000 of their members and other individuals through our highly subsidised and quality services.
Lakeside was started in 1993 by Faith Methodist Church to share God’s love through serving the community. At that time, Jurong was an industrial town with an estimated 33,000 households and only minimal services to help those in need.
Hence, members of the church set up Lakeside Family Centre, named after what was then the last station on the East-West Line. The proximity of the train station made it easy for beneficiaries to remember this Family Centre and where it could be found.
The team, comprising of Faith Methodist Church members, volunteers and staff, worked tirelessly to make Lakeside Family Centre the place where the community’s social, economic and educational needs could be met.
Operating as Lakeside Family Centre till 2013, we changed our name to “Lakeside Family Services” after 20 years of serving the community in Jurong to reflect the integrated family services provided through various centres.
In recent years, we have been reaching out to families affected by incarceration and problem gambling at our Taman Jurong Centre. Our Families-in-Transition Shelter at Bukit Merah provides temporary housing and support to homeless families.
We maintain our commitment to expand and develop services that are needed for the last, the least and the lost in society, thereby fulfilling our Christian responsibility to serve with the vision of “Changing Lives, Transforming Communities”.
We, at Lakeside fulfil our Christian responsibility to the society by caring for the community. We provide quality services, focused on the needs of individuals and families in the community at Jurong, regardless of race, language and religion. We work in harmony with our neighbours, the community and the government.
LAKESIDE FAMILY SERVICES
Lakeside Family Services (LFS) was established in 1993 as one of the early Family Service Centres in Singapore. Today we run 2 Family Service Centres, 2 Student Care Centres in Jurong, and a facility for the homeless in Bukit Merah.
LFS provide highly subsidised and quality services to underprivileged children, youths, families and elderly, regardless of race, language or religion.
At Lakeside, we see many families in distress because of multiple issues. For the past 24 years, we have journeyed with them, providing support through a multi-pronged approach, including financial assistance, counselling, children and youth developmental programmes, home and employment assistance. Last year, Lakeside journeyed with over 1,500 families, plus over 4,000 of their members and other individuals through our services:
HOW WE IMPACT LIVES
Meeting Needs of Individuals and Families
During life crises like financial difficulties and domestic violence, individuals and families in need can turn to our social workers and counsellors for support and community resources. In 2016, we served 1,553 families.
Nurturing Our Children’s Potential
Underprivileged children reach their full potential with our quality student care services, reading intervention, arts and holiday programmes. Over 803 children were impacted last year.
Moulding Our Youth’s Future
We reached out to 897 youths-at-risk, guiding them to navigate life challenges, express themselves in healthy ways and develop their leadership potential.