Lynn a foreigner, took a leap of faith in coming to Singapore to build a family with her Singaporean husband. The couple have 2 lovely children together and had a blissful marriage initially until family violence took place. Lynn was first referred to REACH Family Service Centre by Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre. During the point of referral, Lynn was being chased out of her mother in-law’s flat and was struggling to manage the stress from ensuring her children’s safety while finalising her divorce. Due to her non-citizenship status Lynn was ineligible to apply for a rented flat, neither was she financially able to rent a room from the open market. With her family residing overseas and having few friends in Singapore, Lynn felt lost, alone and fearful that her children would be homeless.
Stepping in to help Lynn work through her multiple complex issues, our Social Worker advocated for Lynn and a special appeal was raised to the Housing and Development Board (HDB). After several discussions, Lynn’s appeal for a rented flat situated near her children’s schools was finally successful. This greatly aided in minimizing the disruptions of her children’s everyday routine and allowed them to save transportation time and cost. Lynn and her children now are also able to live comfortably and securely under their roof without facing stressors from her ex-husband or mother-in-law.
Our Social Worker continues to journey closely with the family to resolve other challenges and strengthen their ability to cope with these difficulties. Lynn is now employed and working hard to save up for her children’s academic needs. The family has come a long way and we are confident that things will only get better for them.