Archive for May, 2008

DTC Group 1

May 10, 2008

Sean was only comfortable on the floor without shoes

The Day Training Classes for intellectually challenged young persons aged 14 and above, was the first service provided by the DTC in 1993.  The trainees are taught independent living skills, social skills  and funcitonal academics.  the curriculum includes an annual 3 night 4 day stay away from family members.

The curriculum is flexible and includes Media Watch, which encourages the trainee to be aware of the current events in the country and the world.

Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 9.30 am – 4.00 pm.  Trainees are accepted after an assessment by the staff.

For further information, contact DTC Leader: 03-79563309.


May 10, 2008

The DTC Workshop is a sheltered environment for some intellectually challenged adults who are unable to find employment in an open environment.   Presently the Workshop makes jewellery and cards for special occasions.  The Tabgha Training Cafe is a project under the Workshop.

The Workshop operates on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.  Items are sold in St. Paul’s Church and to visitors.

Volunteers are welcome.  Please contact the Coordinator for further details. Tel: 03-79563309

Tabgha Training Cafe

May 10, 2008

Tabgha Training Cafe (staffed by intellectually challenged persons) was started with an initial grant of US$ 1,000 from the Asian Church Women’s Conference.  Presently, the Cafe uses St. Paul’s Chuch Hall (coffee terrace)  to serve lunch on Tuesdays from 12.30 pm – 2.00pm. 

Tabgha Training Cafe served its first meal on Friday, 22 February, 2008.  Later in the year, Cafe day was changed to Tuesdays as many people fast or go vegetarian on Fridays.

For reservations please call : 03-79563309 / or Hp 017-6361514 (Annam)

DTC History

May 10, 2008




Prior  to 1991,  Revd. Peter Young (former Vicar of St. Paul’s and former Executive Director of Malaysian Care), had bemoaned the under-utilization of St. Paul’s Church Hall.  He mooted the idea of using the hall for a caring ministry.  Finally, in 1991, at  a Caring Seminar organized by the St. Paul’s Women’s Fellowship, (where Revd. Young was the Moderator), a mother of  an intellectually challenged child made a heart-felt  appeal for help. 

Following this, the Church PCC approved the starting of St. Paul’s DTC.  Malaysian Care was happy to help train and set up the DTC.


Ø  May 8, 1993 – In  partnership with Malaysian Care, St. Paul’s Day Training Centre for intellectually challenged persons was officially launched and dedicated by the late Anglican Bishop, the Rt. Revd. Tan Sri J.G. Savarimuthu.  

DTC Group 1 – The 1st batch comprised 12 trainees with mild learning disabilities who were  trained for 2 years.  The staff team was 2 teachers and a small group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers


Ø  October 1994St. Paul’s Social Club was started for persons with moderate intellectual disabilities. This Club meets monthly  for social activities and outings.


Ø  July, 1995DTC Group 2 for those with severe learning disabilities was started. 


Ø  January 28, 1996 – Prompted by Malaysian Care, St. Paul’s DTC expanded its services to provide Early Intervention to pre-school children (ages 2 – 6). Malaysian Care again assisted in the training of staff and setting up of the Centre. 

Bethel EIC, together with Bethel Centre was officially opened and dedicated by the Rt.

Revd.  Tan Sri Dr. Lim Cheng Ean. 


Ø  1997 – Again, in partnership with Malaysian Care, St. Paul’s DTC began Employment Support  to its ex-trainees and trainees on employment placement.


Ø  August, 2006 – The  DTC Workshop was started for trainees who were unable to work in the open market.  The first projects were card-making and jewellery.


Ø  22 February, 2008 – Under the DTC Worshop, the Tabgha Training Café opened its doors to a small clientele of 7 at the Coffee Terrace of Dewan St. Paul.  Presently, the Café serves lunch once a week, on Tuesdays.



We thank God that the DTC has been able to reach many who may otherwise never enter a church.

Since its formation 15 years ago, many have been led to Christ, including 2 families who have been baptized – a single mother and her 2 children at  Bethel Centre and a family of 4 at St. Paul’s. 

In the time that they were trainees at the DTC, 7 young persons have been baptized in various churches:

Felicia Fang & Chang Kok Woei – St. Paul’s, PJ

Leong Swee Lin – All Saints’, Cheras

Christina Yeoh Chor Keen – Full Gospel Assembly, KL

Anthony Tan – Imbi Road Chapel, KL

Natasha Dunford – SS Methodist Church, PJ

Eugene Lau – Life Chapel, PJ


On 26 December, 2004, we rejoiced when Irene Tai, a volunteer, was baptized.  We pray that she is the first of many volunteers who will come to the Lord through this ministry.


The DTC has seen God’s hand in its ministry and His provision for all its needs.


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