A few local institutions that assist the less fortunate were rendered some assistance by the Dominica Social Security on Friday.
The Dominica Social Security (DSS), as part of their tradition, made donations to the Centre where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve(CALLS) , CHANCES, Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), Dominica Infirmary, Education Trust Fund, Grotto Home for the Homeless, House of Hope, Mahaut Senior Citizens Home, Northern District Home for the Aged, St. Jerome’s Ministry, and Social Centre.
Director of Dominica Social Security, Janice Jean-Jacques Thomas, says the DSS targets institutions that assist individuals who have benefitted the development of the country and the Social Security system in the past.
She said, “Over the course of the last several years, the Dominica Social Security has been making cash donations to facilitate the work of a number of non-profit organisations. This practice is consistent with the board’s policy of allocating a percentage of its annual administrative budget for the purpose of supporting the activities of certain organisations.
“The DAPD stated, “On behalf of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities, we say thank you to the Dominica Social Security for our Christmas gift. It is a very big gift. All the contributors, if it wasn’t for you, we would not be receiving this today. So we say thank you to all those who contribute, and DSS, thank you for for giving us this big gift this morning.”
“The House of Hope also expressed gratitude, “On behalf of the residents, board of management and the staff of the House of Hope, I would like to thank the Dominica Social Security for once again placing us on your list of beneficiaries during this Christmas season. The House of Hope is challenged and has been challenged since its inception, but more so after Erika and after Maria, we’ve really had some severe challenges.”
“The DSS is already having a significant impact on the socio-economic wellbeing of the nation. We remain mindful of the fact that as a good corporate citizen, it behooves us to possess a social conscience which is made manifest to the degree of attention that we give to the needs of the less fortunate and under-privileged in our midst,” the DSS Director believes.
The donations amount to a total of $12,500.