Begun in 2008, Ruth Center’s heart goal is to work with slum communities in Bangkok to improve the quality of life for the elderly and seek long term solutions to their care. In Bangkok, there are over 940,000 elderly, many destitute, lonely, without family or anyone to help them. In 2014, Thailand had an aging population of 10.1 million people, 14.95% of the total population. In the next 5 years Thailand will become a completely aged society where a high percentage of the population is aged 20 and higher. By the year 2035 up to 30% of the estimated total population will be elderly. The involvement of everybody is crucial to the improvement of the quality of life to the elderly.
Ruth CenterThe Ruth Center consistently helps 442 elderly people in 15 communities in the Prawet District. Ruth Center staff regularly visit them, giving them basic necessities and much love. Special activities are organized for them, such as taking them on a trip to the park four times a year and an annual special trip to the beach. Caring for the elderly also means lots of practical help, such as construction projects to help fix roofs, sidewalks, bathrooms, floors and other parts of their homes. Many of them help care for their grandchildren, so another practical way we help is by organizing activities for the children during school holidays, to give their grandparents a break and time to rest.
Ruth Center Assisted Living Proposal
The Ruth Center’s main vision as a ministry is to first and foremost provide care and love for the elderly of Thailand. We also have a passion to see family relationships strengthened between elderly parents and their children, so that these children can care for the needs of their parents. However, some elderly are widowed, single, childless, neglected – they have no one caring or providing for them. These people live fearfully and illegally in dangerous communities, on private land where eviction is an unpredictable reality.
As a result of forming relationships and observing the fear the elderly live in, we desire to provide a safe home and community for them, where they can again feel a part of a family. Our goal is to create the “Ruth Center Assisted Living” complex where we will be able to accommodate 150 elderly and 30 staff members in an assisted living community, and over the course of time we hope to care for many more than that. The first phase in this project is purchasing 25 acres of land about 3-4 hours north of the city of Bangkok in the Uthai Thani provice. The approximate cost of the land for this project will be around CAD$156,000, which we can only pay through the provision of God and His people.
This project will not deter us from the ministry we do in Bangkok. Everything will remain the same – we are only expanding our ministry by creating opportunity to provide further care for those who are unable to get help through social services or other means. The homes will provide a new family and a new community, because every life has value in God’s sight.