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times a day.” To build the doctors’ confidence in providing palliative care, Dr Ee paid for volunteer doctor Dr Lee and two of his colleagues to go on a study trip at St Christopher’s Hospice in the UK. They came back better able to accompany their patients and their families on the final journey. THE FIRST RELOCATION Some 10 years after St Joseph’s Home began operations, the government wanted to reclaim the land at Gek Poh to build new flats. In exchange, they offered two new plots - one, near the SCDF training centre which the Sisters thought would be too noisy in the mornings. The other is the site of the current home at 36 Jurong West St 24. Unable to negotiate for freehold status, St Joseph’s Home signed a 30-year lease that was to expire in 2019. By 1993, the second home was built. Residents moved into an idyllic if somewhat sleepy neighbourhood with fruit trees and kampungs lining one side of the home and HDB blocks on the other. Volunteers came in to give generously of their time. “There was this man Joseph Heng”, says Sr Mary, “who came in to help us cross breed our bougainvilleas so much so that we had really lovely pots of the plant for awhile.” and former st-of-Honour ue G g in ow new home Sr Mary Tan sh o around the Ye e rg eo G r Ministe The second home Laying of the foundation stone for the second home St Joseph’s Home | 13