A Helping Hand Through Tough Times
When 53-year-old Mdm Raizah’s* husband suffered a stroke and lost his job in 2013, she suddenly found herself having to spread her $1,200 salary thin. She had her husband’s medical care and recovery to worry about, a daughter in secondary school, and a son serving National Service. She also had outstanding arrears with both HDB and PUB.
The CISCO Enforcement Officer struggled, working overtime and on her days off to make ends meet. She was overworked and fell sick often.
In October 2013, she approached Children’s Society’s Family Service Centre (Yishun) for financial assistance for her daughter’s education. With their assistance, she secured help from The Straits Times’ School Pocket Money Fund for the period between February 2014 and June 2015.
As her situation qualified her for further financial assistance from the North West CDC (now Woodlands Social Service Office), they helped her secure an extra $400 a month between November 2013 and February 2014, as well as food items to feed her family.
The Family Service Centre’s social worker also stepped in with emotional support and taught her some basic financial management skills.
With all that help, Mdm Raizah turned the corner and learnt to manage her situation, including her finances, more effectively.
Her husband has since returned to work and is now a full-time sales assistant. Her son, who has finished NS, has a part-time job which has helped to pay off debts incurred while his father was unemployed. Mdm Raizah is especially proud of her daughter, who qualified for Republic Polytechnic and hopes to be a teacher someday.
*Name has been changed to protect the beneficiary’s identity