Seoul Shelter For Women

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Sister Veronica, BASS President Helen Bridgman and one of the residents
Kimchi making
One of the many activities offered to the women

Seoul Shelter For Women was established in 1961, to care for homeless, intellectually disabled women and is currently operated by CARITAS under the management of Sister Veronica Kim. 

After arriving at the Shelter, younger more able women move on to live in group homes, but for many the Shelter becomes a permanent home. In addition, Sister Veronica and her team are responsible for a further 200 women living in psychiatric hospitals throughout the city.

Seoul Shelter For Women enjoys the hands on support of a veritable army of volunteers, including doctors and dentists who offer their services free of charge. The women also enjoy a wide variety of activities, assisted by local people who accompany them on day trips and picnics, take the time to teach them new skills and entertain them at special celebrations. 

The Shelter receives some support from Seoul city government, but has to raise a large portion of its operating expenses and the money needed for larger purchases from donations and bazaars. 

In 2010, BASS worked with ANZA, AWC, The AWC Thrift Store ans SIWA to provide a mini-van.

In 2012, BASS has given KRW 20 million to purchase new heating and cooling units for communal areas. The money will also buy TVs for 8 shared bedrooms.