Monday, 6 February 2017

Exceptional people: Bringing a little joy to the old, lonely and infirm

Volunteers from Helping Joy cleaning a house

These are just a few things Dianne Loh has grown accustomed to seeing as a volunteer with Helping Joy, a Singapore-based non-profit group founded by Mr Steven Goh. Growing up with helpers at home, the 36-year-old didn’t even know how to change her own bedsheets.

But these days, she spends her weekends scrubbing toilets and repainting walls for strangers.

Every other Sunday, early in the morning, the cleaning brigade from Helping Joy arms itself with scrubs, bleach and cans of paint - all donated - and visits old folks whose homes are in desperate need of a makeover.

All household items are removed, sorted and thoroughly cleaned. Then, the entire flat gets hosed down, disinfected and repainted.

What sets Helping Joy apart is their follow-up visits and the more holistic approach to things. The monthly maintenance team makes sure each beneficiary's home stays clean and clutter-free long after the big clean-up.


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