Amity’s Social Service Centers have seen much growth since the beginning in 2007. In the past years, the scale of the centers have expanded and the size of its staff has increased. Besides the urban community services Amity is also running the church-based social service programs.
Autistic and disabled children, the mentally challenged and the elderly remain the focus of Amity’s Social Service Department. These marginalized groups do not have enough capacity to make their own voices heard and their demands known, but the quality of their life is the most crucial indicator of social progress and development in China.
Amity is involved in four types of social service centres.
- Amity Home of Blessings (Home for the mentally challenged)
- Amity Bakery
- Elderly Care Centers
- Amity Children Development Center
Amity provides support and training to affected people and related family members through cooperation with enterprises, local government offices, churches and volunteers. Amity advocates and raises awarness through charity bazaars, visits, community activities and parent-child activities and let more people care about and cherish affected people. Amity’s social services provide professional resources for communities and serve the people of different types and age groups in institutional centres and reaches out into the communities. It has linked various organizations together and formed a network of community services. It provides a platform for community service network through the internet and involves a huge amount of volunteers.
The Amity Social Service Centers abide the principles of
- helping others and helping oneself
- holistic approach
|The Amity Bakery was founded in 2007 with the aim of running Amity’s own social enterprise. The idea was opening a bakery and creating vocational training opportunities for developmentally disabled and slightly mentally challenged people. (link)|
|The Amity Home of Blessings was the first of its kind in Nanjing to serve people with intellectual challenges. As a non-profit organization, established in 2002 to serve the mentally retarded or those with minor psychoses aged between 16 and 40. It serves directly dozens of clients in the institution in addition to others and their families outside. (link)|
Amity’s social service work is rooted in the communities to meet the needs of local communities. The senior care centers are providing long-term, short-term and day care for the elderly who are living in the communities. (link)
|Amity Development Centre for Children became a support institution for children with autism aged below seven and aims for early intervention and rehabilitation. The children’s centre employees go into communities to do advocacy work, telling people what autism is, and helping parents to identify the symptoms earlier. (link)|