The Breadline Group is a community service group comprised of volunteers, formed because they share a concern for the welfare of the old and underprivileged. They have adopted more than 200 families. Most of these familiesare recommended by medical social workers. These people are elderly and physically handicapped and often have dependents to support. Every month volunteers visit each “adopted” family to find out how they fare. During that visit they provide food provisions and/or cash to supplement any public assistance they may be receiving.
The need of this help comes from the fast pace of development the Singaporean society has seen in the past years. Due to the expansion urbanisation and industrialisation of Singapore social changes have intensified the difficulty of making a living for the elderly and the poor. They just cannot keep up with the pace of the nation’s development. Especially for those who, for whatever reason, are living in poverty or in special homes. Most of the social welfare assistance they are in need of consists of paying their rent and public utilities such as healthcare. The breadline group helps these underprivileged people in sustaining their basic needs.