Sunlove Home has come a long way since 1987 when its premises were no more than a disused chicken farm. It started off with just helping 3 patients. Later, 1 hectare of the farmland was occupied and sheds were promptly converted into dormitories that housed 20 psychiatric patients.
Eventually, in 1998 the Ministry of Health stepped in to assist and the Home expanded.
Today the Home is providing residential care to 200 intellectually disabled individuals.
Sunlove Home is one of the few charitable Homes in Singapore, which gives care to patients ranging in age from 22 to 75 years. The social stigma related to the intellectually-infirmed has caused families to shun their loved ones.
The aim of the Home is to educate the public about various forms of mental illness and to eradicate the misconception that mental patients are violent and patients cannot be restored to health.
The truth is that even serious mental illness like Schizophrenia can be treated and with early diagnosis, 70% will respond to treatment.
The Home has opened its doors to give insight into volunteering opportunities thus aiming to remove the social stigma.
The Home offers compassionate help in rehabilitative programs, from daily supervision to psychotherapy, occupational, physiotherapy and medical treatment.
The objective of this half-way house is to ultimately reintegrate the patients back to their homes and to society, restoring hope to the individual, building self-esteem and self worth.