Four more homeless off the streets

21 November 2013 - 9:30pm Comments Off

Kechara successfully helps another four people off the street! They are Sim Soon Choy (56 years old), Uncle Tee Gee Chin (66 years old), Leong Hing Wah (51 years old) and Enddy Philipson (37 years old).

Case 1: Mr. Sim Soon Choy, 56 years old, Kuala Lumpur

A group photo before bidding farewell to Mr Sim, (from left) Cik Izati of Anjung Singgah, Team Leader Kevin Lam and Mr Sim in front of the Anjung Singgah entrance.

Kevin Lam seen here taking more details from Uncle Sim before referring him to Anjung Singgah.

A newly identified client, Mr Sim is off the streets tonight. He was referred to Anjung Singgah just now for temporary shelter and job placement. Arrangements will be made to refer Mr Sim for employment in a security company as soon as he settles down in Anjung Singgah.

Barely two weeks living on the streets, Mr Sim was still adjusting to his new situation when he met with Chow Kit Team Leader Kevin during our food distribution rounds last Saturday night.

Mr Sim was reluctant to accept the packet of food given to him initially but thanks to the effort of our volunteers who made him feel comfortable, he eventually revealed his problem to us.

We in Kechara are very happy for Mr Sim that he will have a room to sleep in tonight onwards and we wish him all the best in his future undertakings.

Case 2: Uncle Tee Gee Chin, 66 years old, Johor Bahru

Uncle Tee braved life on the streets instead of going to seek help from his siblings.

Justin (left) seen here explaining Uncle Tee's condition to the caretaker of House of Joy, Mr Tan (far right).

After making the necessary arrangements and preparations, Uncle Tee (in white) was sent to House of Joy, Taman Johor to be interviewed for immediate admission. Within an hour of discussion and explanation, Uncle Tee was accepted as the latest resident of House Of Joy. This is a massive relief for Uncle Tee (66) who has been living on the streets for 13 years after retirement due to old age.

Single and without children, Uncle Tee opted to stay on the streets rather than depend on any of his siblings or friends. He would look for odd jobs around Johor Bahru city to make ends meet. He would rent low cost rooms whenever he could afford.

We wish all the best to Uncle Tee and are very happy to see him off the streets.

Case 3: Mr. Leong Hing Wah, 51 years old, Kuala Lumpur

Mr Leong believes life on the streets was the cause of his failure to overcome his addiction to drugs.

Mr Leong being interviewed and briefed by Mr. Ng of New Creation Home rehabilitation center.

We are very happy for Mr Leong's determination to change for the better.

Another homeless client off the street! Mr Leong is one of our regular clients in Chow Kit and has been living on the streets for more than 15 years.

Through the dedication and hard work of Team Leader Kevin Lam in creating the bond by talking and advising Mr Leong, we managed to convince Mr Leong to seek help from a rehabilitation centre to help solve his addiction to drugs. Kevin sent Mr Leong to the New Creation Home shelter at 8.30pm tonight for the initial interview and permanent stay in the shelter.

We at Kechara are very happy for Mr Leong’s new lease of life, leaving the life on the streets to solve his addiction problem for good. We wish Mr Leong all the best.

Case 4: Enddy Philipson, 37 years old, Kuala Lumpur

Puan Haisah, Penolong Pegawai Takbir Bahagian Kebajikan of Pejabat Perhubungan Negeri Sabah making contacts with District Officers in Lahad Datu, Sabah to locate Enddy's relatives.

A very happy Enddy speaking to his long lost aunt over the phone. He wept soon after.

A delighted Enddy on his way to Anjung Singgah for a temporary stay before departing for Sabah.

A group photo with Encik Firman of Anjung Singgah and Justin before going off the streets for good.

Enddy has been our regular client for many years since the inception of our Soup Kitchen in Jalan Barat back in 2010. Through the help of Kechara, Enddy is now off the streets as he is in the process of being sent back to be reunited with his family members in Sabah.

A victim of substance abuse since 2000, he spent many days in lock ups and rehabilitation centers. He has always been wanting to return to his homeland in Lahad Datu, Sabah but was disillusioned by his addiction. Enddy blamed it on the influences of his ‘friends’ for the addiction and he was worried how his family members would look at him. He left his home wanting to explore life in KL in 1996 and never returned ever since. He could not remember contact numbers and addresses of his relatives clearly.

Enddy was released from a center after completing his rehabilitation process and approached Justin Cheah to help him reunite with his family and never to live a life controlled by addiction again. His case was referred to Puan Haisah and Encik Kee Zain of Pejabat Perhubungan Negeri Sabah in KL to be reconnected with his long lost family members. Enddy left home since 1996 and had not been in contact with them for more than 10 years.

With the help of Puan Haisah, we managed to contact Enddy’s relatives within two hours and he wept while talking over the phone with his long lost aunt. Enddy’s relatives thought Enddy died long ago as they heard nothing from Enddy for more than 10 years. Enddy will be sent back to Lahad Datu, Sabah to be reunited back with his mother and siblings who will be extremely overjoyed to see Enddy again.

Enddy will be staying in Anjung Singgah for the time being while the necessary arrangements are being made (to book his flight and have his lost identity card replaced) before he leaves for Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in a few days time. We at Kechara are very happy for Enddy and wish him a safe journey and all the best in his future undertakings.

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