I grew up in a small village in Taoyuan, Taiwan. I was a troubled and mischievous child. It caused all kinds of trouble to my school teachers and gave my parents lots of challenges. When I graduated from high school, my father died of illness and I continued to squander around life for a few years. Luckily, I did not make any serious mistakes. I was able to study at Catholic Fu Jen University and gained my own perspective of the meaning of life and started to take my life journey more seriously.
I participated in some volunteer projects of Good Shepherd services. My first experience was working with indigenous school children who had significant issues to fit in mainstream schools due to language and cultural differences. Furthermore, I worked as a volunteer for women suffering from violence, in the shelter of Good Shepherd services. Due to my volunteer services, I worked towards the mission and core values of Good Shepherd Social Welfare Foundation.
I would like to describe the Drop-out and youth service center in E-lan district (north of Taiwan)
Through Good Shepherd service experience for vulnerable children and youth, we found poverty, lack of education, limited family support, or dysfunctional family were significant factors for their choices. Therefore, Good Shepherd Services in Taiwan started to provide for youth in crisis since 1996 when a dropout center was established to provide counseling for the prevention of dropouts from school, drug/alcohol abuse, and teen girl pregnancy.
Our mission is to seek and assist children and youth in crisis and help them to continue with unfinished school studies to earn middle school degree. Furthermore, we help them identify their gifts and potential talents, as well as personal life purpose. During summer and winter break, we provide outdoor activities for children and youth to challenge their physical and psychosocial capacity to building pro social behaviors and life meanings.
In the era of disintegration and reconstruction of traditional family systems and social support, the core values and beliefs of resilience are passed on through the most direct cases of service work.
'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'
In Taiwan Good Shepherd services are well established throughout the country - all developed since the sisters arrived in 1987. Learn about significant restructuring which has happened since 2015