MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF
IHMR SOCIAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT
Social services can be categorized as below:
Social services are a range of public services provided by governmental or private organizations. These public services aim at creating more effective organizations, build stronger communities, and promote equity and opportunity. “So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
Social services include the benefits and facilities such as education, food subsidies, health care, job training and subsidized housing, adoption, community management, policy research, and lobbying.
Social services help people to live with neither discrepancy nor discrimination; “The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.” Proverbs 22:2. They allow them to work, shop, attend school and places of faith, participate in leisure time activities, take care of themselves, their homes, etc. The services aim to maintain the highest possible quality and dignity in their lives. Social services are provided to individuals, families, as well as to groups of people.
Social service providers may serve the needs of children and families, elderly, the poor or homeless, immigrants, veterans, the mentally ill, the handicapped, victims of rape or domestic violence, and persons dependent on alcohol or drugs.
IHMR SISTERS – GGOGONYA IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL SERVICES
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix Ggogonya (IHMR) are one of the Social service providers; they are involved in a number of activities which promote equity and opportunity.
This Institute has different departments among which are; the Children department which caters for all children most especially children with special needs, department of disaster preparedness/charity under which children’s Homes for the abandoned and challenged are cared for. We have the elderly especially Sisters who are sick and aged, counseling services are provided to a wide range of people including Youths, Families, children and other grown up individuals. Youth and Education departments which give a range of social services like education and vocational skills, HIV/AIDS which offers testing, treatment and counseling services.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix – Ggogonya through our strategic departments have gone a long way in reaching out to communities where we work through outreach programs. We give social services to those in need especially the sick both physically and spiritually. Many of these affected people are linked to different social services like; Health services, Education, Faith places, counseling centers and Women and Family programs.
I wish to thank all members of the Institute of Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix – Ggogonya for the good work done in giving and linking God’s people to social services so as to have life and have it to the full Jon 10:10 in so doing, we are continuing Jesus’ ministry.
by Sr. Maria Therese Nakyanzi