Rev. POON Kwok-yin
Chairman of C & M A Social Services Committee
It is all by God’s grace! In retrospect of this year, C & MA Social Service responded to our society’s needs. Particularly in our elderly and children services, our centres responded and renewed regarding to Government’s increasing demand in social service needs and quality. We pray that we can care for each and every client’s soul with the love of Jesus Christ.
CMACUHK organizes general meeting and elects executive committee members every other year. After the division of work among executive committee members, Social Service Committee (the Committee) will also be formed in accordance with our social service manual, lead and monitor the work of C & M A Social Services (CMASS), and implement each social service scheme to fulfil our organization’s missions.
Members of society and groups that provide resources, including government departments and community charitable funds, are demanding more accountability and responsibility from the organization’s governance. In tandem with SWD’s best practice manual, our organization’s decision-making, financial and work report become more transparent inevitably. We have already published our audit report in annual report and uploaded it onto CMASS’ website for the public’s reference. The financial report comprises of the income and expense of this year’s lump sum grant, accumulated lump sum grants and provident funds revenues. The Committee will utilize resources with regard to the lump sum grant manual. Following last year’s evaluation on non-professional grades’ salaries and benefits, our staffs are generally agreeable to the recommendations and are satisfied with the increase in salary. In view of anticipating development of new subvented services, we have already started evaluation on professional grades’ salaries and benefits to maintain the stability of our professional team, as well as drawing new social workers into CMASS. We expect the evaluation to be completed in the coming year to meet with the implementation of new service. Our organization must consult stakeholders about our evaluations or changes in policies. Not only our General Secretary meets with our staffs at different centres, the Committee also visits service units to communicate with our staffs and service users. Through these visits and meetings, we collect opinions about our organizational governance and service, which will be our references for discussions about organization development in our annual forum.
Thanks be to all staffs’ efforts and professional spirit! With them, our organization can render quality community support service for the elderly and teaching and caring service for our children. Furthermore, their inputs enable us to explore resources and develop non-subvented services to those elderly people, children and families neglected by the mainstream service. Service can also help line up with churches to serve in love of Jesus and care for the underprivileged. Therefore, our organization is operating four self-funded service units, and we have to apply for community charitable funds every year to sustain our services. Owing to our staffs’ insights in services and consistent quality services, we are awarded various funds to launch pilot projects. Moreover, our organization can hold territory-wide flag days to raise funds in two consecutive years, so that our non-subvented units can keep serving our community.
Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to all staffs, teachers and social workers on behalf of CMASS Committee. We witness your endeavours and genuineness in your professional service, and you C & M A family a beautiful testimony honouring God and benefiting others in different communities. As Jesus teaches us, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16, NIV) May all the glory be to God our Father!
(From Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Union of Hong Kong Ltd. 2017-18 Annual Report of Social Service）