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1952

The Church World Service based in New York and the Lutheran World Federation Department of World Service based in Geneva began their work in Hong Kong, setting up the Hong Kong Church World Service and the Lutheran World Service, Hong Kong respectively. Within the same year, the Hong Kong Christian Welfare and Relief Council was also established.

1960

The American Friends Lei Cheng Uk Friendly Centre merged with the Lutheran World Service, Hong Kong.

 

1967

The Hong Kong Church World Service merged with the Hong Kong Christian Welfare and Relief Council and became the Hong Kong Christian Service. It then turned into an auxiliary agency of the Hong Kong Christian Council.

 

1973

The Hong Kong Christian Service became the Service Unit of the Hong Kong Christian Council under its Division of Service.

 

1976

The Lutheran World Service, Hong Kong merged with the Hong Kong Christian Service and became the service arm of the Hong Kong Christian Council.

 

1978

The World Council of Churches' Migration Unit in Hong Kong also became an integral part of the Hong Kong Christian Service.

 

1986

The Hong Kong Christian Service was incorporated as a limited company under the Companies Ordinance. All Executive Committee members of the Hong Kong Christian Council are members of the Hong Kong Christian Service.

HKCS' 70th Anniversary

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The year 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of Hong Kong Christian Service. With our slogan "Never forget our humble start, move on with one determined heart", we manifest our mission and inherit the will to serve people in need in the spirit of Christianity.

Service Development
1950
  • Material Relief
    Material Relief
    Around 13,000 children were served each day in 'Child Feeding Programme.'
  • Material Relief
    Material Relief
    About 30,000 families receiving monthly supplies including bulgur wheat, flour, and milk powder.
  • Medical Care
    Medical Care
    Our medical and dental centre providing services of consultation, treatment, and medical prescription.
  • Medical Care
    Medical Care
    One of mobile dental clinics providing care services for children. 
  • Work Opportunity
    Work Opportunity
    Providing work opportunity for the untrained to produce crafts goods. 
  • Work Opportunity
    Work Opportunity
    Holding seasonal sales to promote the crafts goods. 
  • Helping Refugees
    Helping Refugees
    More than 35,000 stateless European refugees were resettled in over 30 countries.
  • Helping Refugees
    Helping Refugees
    Shamshuipo Transit Centre was opened in 1978 for Vietnamese refugees.
1960
  • Special Children
    Special Children
    Addressing the need of physically handicapped children with special care since 1960s. 
  • Special Children
    Special Children
    The Club renamed as Pui Oi Special Training Centre after moving from Wong Tai Sin to Tsuen Wan in 1972. 
  • Elderly Hostel
    Elderly Hostel
    Wah Hong Hostel housing healthy elderly people aged over 60 with ability to take care of themselves. 
  • Elderly Hostel
    Elderly Hostel
    Residents at Wah Hong Hostel cooking their own meal. 
  • Vocational Training
    Vocational Training
    KTVTC providing teenagers with learning opportunities as basic education was not widespread during 1960s.
  • Vocational Training
    Vocational Training
    KTVTC providing a dozen courses such as tailoring, photography, and auto mechanics in the very beginning. 
1970
  • Counselling Service
    Counselling Service
    Providing free of charge counselling service in Kwun Tong.
  • Counselling Service
    Counselling Service
    When Kwun Tong Counselling Service Unit was first operated, about 40 cases with adjustment problems had been handled.
  • Foster Care
    Foster Care
    We become the first agency in Hong Kong to provide foster care service. 
  • School Social Work
    School Social Work
    In its first year, about 160 cases were handled by our school social workers.
  • Community Care
    Community Care
    Operating home help service to serve the elderly living in Cheung Sha Wan and Skek Kip Mei. 
1980
  • Elderly Athletic Gala
    Elderly Athletic Gala
    Organising athletic gala for the elderly to strengthen their body and broaden social circle. 
  • Elderly Athletic Gala
    Elderly Athletic Gala
    With Urban Council's support, the first athletic gala was held in 1986. 
  • At Risk Infants
    At Risk Infants
    Our professional workers teaching parents how to train their infants.
  • At Risk Infants
    At Risk Infants
    The first early education and training centre opened in Choi Wan in 1987. 
  • Non-residential Detoxification
    Non-residential Detoxification
    The first centre providing non-residential detoxification and counselling services for drug users.
  • Community Development
    Community Development
    We had started various community development projects since 1980s.
1990
  • Introducing EAP
    Introducing EAP
    Promoting Employee Development Scheme since early 1990s.
  • Work-based Child Centre
    Work-based Child Centre
    In collaboration with corporates to set up child care centres for their employees.
  • Mainland Social Service
    Mainland Social Service
    Our representative participated in the first Shanghai Pudong Social Work Festival. 
  • Mainland Social Service
    Mainland Social Service
    Organising various training programmes to facilitate social service in Mainland China.
2000
  • Preventing Elder Abuse
    Preventing Elder Abuse
    Commissioned by SWD, we started the Project of Elder Abuse Research and Protocol in 2002.
  • Caring School
    Caring School
    Cultivate a positive atmosphere in school by launching the Caring School Award Scheme.
  • Hidden Youth
    Hidden Youth
    Launching a pilot counselling service for hidden youth since 2003.
  • Internet Addicts
    Internet Addicts
    'Online New Page Project' to help young internet addicts regain their life balance.
2010
  • Translation Service
    Translation Service
    Providing interpretation service to people with multicultural backgrounds since 2009.
  • Airport Preschool
    Airport Preschool
    Managing the first Airport Preschool opened by the Hong Kong Airport Authority.
  • Underprivileged Children
    Underprivileged Children
    Launching the KeySteps@JC project and operating its Shamshuipo Community Hub.
  • Parents & Carers
    Parents & Carers
    Parents / relatives resource centres to provide support services for people with special needs and their parents.
  • Multicultural Outreaching Service
    Multicultural Outreaching Service
    Deploying reach-out approach to identify and engage people from multicultural backgrounds.