Wong Tai Sin Halfway House is where further treatment is made available to male students who have completed nine months on Dawn Island as well as those who have graduated from the one-year programme, so that they will be better prepared when returning to society and to their families. Even after their graduation from this Centre, our qualified social workers will continue to offer follow-up service for another six months.

SERVICE OBJECTIVES:

Students coming to this Centre after nine months on Dawn Island are actually in the consolidation and preparatory phase. Here we seek to strengthen their relationships with God by integrating religious faith into their daily life. We also try to build up their self-confidence and prepare them for the return to society and reunion with family members by delivering a host of services, including personal & group counselling, social education, career referral, and different recreational activities.

SERVICE RECIPIENTS:

Male students who have completed nine months on Dawn Island or graduated from the one-year programme.

BOARDING PERIOD: Three months or more

CAPACITY: 16 students

SERVICES PROVIDED BY THIS CENTRE

  1. FAITH-RELATED:
    Students’ daily activities include Bible studying, worshipping, and praying, whereby they can deepen their relationships with God, and let God reshape and recreate their lives.
  2. THERAPY, LEARNING & VOCATIONAL SKILLS-RELATED
    While at this Centre, students can join different therapeutic groups arranged by us on a host of subjects, including emotion management, interpersonal relationships & communication skills, prevention against relapse, knowing oneself, and social manner training. Besides addressing specific problems, these groups will help students grow towards a healthy life and be more resistant to the temptation from drugs. At the same time, there are classes that teach Chinese, English and Putonghua, aiming to improve students’ language standards. On the skill training, we have cookery & dessert class, computer class, photography class, etc, so that students can master one skill or another and be better prepared upon graduation whether they choose to resume working or take up courses offered by the Employees Retraining Board.
  3. EXTERNAL WORK OR STUDY-RELATED
    We encourage graduated students to stay on at the Halfway House, so that they can get support and protection from our staff, social workers and preachers, firstly in finding jobs or applying for further study programmes, and secondly in obtaining appropriate emotion support, encouragement and guidance against any relapse.
  4. SOCIAL ADAPTATION-RELATED
    Accompanied by our staff and on a selective basis, students may go outside to re-establish contact with the community, including charity activities like flag-selling, delivering materials by truck, giving testimonies in public, visiting mentally handicapped persons, etc, so that they will become more and more psychologically adapted to the social setting.
  5. FAMILY RECONCILIATION-RELATED
    Students are allowed to return home regularly to have dinners with their family members, as a step towards a harmonious relationship between them eventually. We also encourage students and family members to jointly participate in activities organized by the Centre, as a platform for promoting mutual communication between them.
  6. OVERSEAS SHORT TERM MISSIONS-RELATED:
    We also bring students to overseas Short Term Missions, during which they share in public their testimonies of how they have tripped and fallen at first and got saved eventually. This way students’ personal growth can be reinforced all the more.