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Serving to Change 4 Comfort staff during their visit to St Joseph’s Home 5 A HOME NOT JUST FOR CATHOLICS, BUT EVERYONE Mention St Joseph’s and what may come to mind is that this is a Catholic home for Catholics mainly. But clearly, many people saw the home beyond its religious label. The good work of the Sisters attracted others like Venerable Master Chin Kung of the Singapore Buddhist Lodge to donate $100,000 to the Canossian Missions and taxi drivers from Comfort Transportation to pledge $3,000 and 10 wheelchairs to the home. Both acts were reported in the local papers. To this day, the home continues to welcome residents and visitors of all backgrounds and from all walks of life. THE LATE DAME CICELY SAUNDERS WAS A GUEST OF ST JOSEPH’S HOME St Joseph’s Home was privileged to host the founder of the modern hospice movement, the late Dame Cicely Saunders when she visited the home in the 1990s. Her work and beliefs have inspired many to rethink care for the dying and more importantly, how to enable them to live fully before death. As she put it “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” 26 | St Joseph’s Home Mass at the new chapel in the second home in Jurong Road 6 ST. JOSEPH’S HOME USED TO BE ON FREEHOLD LAND But turns out freehold was not so freehold after all. As HDB flats sprang up in Jurong, the government wanted St. Joseph’s Home to leave its original site at the now non- existent Gek Poh Road. Citing flood control as the official reason, the freehold deal was annulled and replaced with a 30-year lease. One of the founding sisters, Sister Mary, recalls this piece of news as a “very painful moment” Ёѡ́ͅ䁙)ѥեɉɕ݅