The Group Home project provides shelter to people who have been rejected by society because of their mental health disorders
For people living with mental health disorders in Sarawak, it is a difficult environment to find respect and support. The Group Home project provides shelter to people who have been rejected by society because of their mental health disorders. These include those who have been treated, considered well and have been discharged by the mental health services.
It began in 1995 and was started by Michael Bowman, a social worker, who saw a need for people in these precarious situations. It was located In Kota Sentosa at the old TB Annex site belonging to the Anti-TB Association of Sarawak (ATAS).
The Group Home comprises 5 self-contained living units (each capable of accommodating up to 4 residents) and an office-cum-workshop block.
The objective of the Group Home is to rehabilitate and to equip the residents with sufficient skills for them to be able to find competitive work and later be reintegrated back into their communities.
In 2005, ATAS expressed its intention to repossess the site for their own development projects. In February 2012, the group home site was demolished and the 12 residents were moved and temporarily housed in an old bungalow (Bungalow Lada) belonging to Hospital Sentosa.
Currently, we have 6 residents and 10 day-attendees. They are supervised by the group home project manager, Madam Remi Ak Inggor. The residents are actively involved in cleaning the Group Home, cooking their own meals, gardening, exercising and other rehabilitation activities.
This project provides support to individuals who currently have no other place to turn to. If you want to support the Group Home, you can donate or contact MHAS for more information on how to help.