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Serving with Nothing In 2003, the home added a new wing - the St Magdalene Centre which housed the rehabilitation unit on the ground floor, conference room on the second, staff quarters on the third and training rooms on the fourth. At the opening ceremony which also marked the 25th anniversary of the home, the late former President Wee Kim Wee shared the story of how he visited his former teacher Ms Ruth Mosbergen regularly for she was like his second mother to him, shaping his perspectives during his formative years. At this point, the residents who came in were frailer and less independent than before. The annual pageants became impossible and naturally, broadway dancing. his Wee with nt Wee Kim a e s d a si w re o P h r rme en w The late fo er Ms Ruth Mosberg e h m c h’s Ho former tea t St Josep resident a St Magdalene Cent re which housed th e rehabilitation sp the ground floor an ace on d staff quarters an d training rooms ab ove By this time, the population was already ageing rapidly and the government placed urgent emphasis on the need to look after a new cohort of seniors - the baby boomers. Institutional care was still a last resort, with the family and community being the first preferred line of defence in the care of elders. But with more people ageing everyday, there was also a need to expand the current facilities. Mural painting by Sr Janet Wang 14 | St Joseph’s Home