NEM adopts Walker's Place of Safety - JNGI

NEM adopts Walker’s Place of Safety

GRACE ALLEN, manager of Walker's Place of Safety in Kingston has hailed NEM Insurance Company for its contribution to the home.

"Our relationship with NEM has made a whole lot of difference to us," says Grace Allen, manager of the home. "And, it is having a positive impact on the children."

The residence cares for the social, parental and academic needs of abandoned children or those removed from their own homes. A total of 49 youngsters are currently at the home which accommodates children, who are wards of the state, up to the age of 12 years.

It was founded by Ivy Walker in 1972 to care for four mentally challenged children.

"The Place of Safety ensures the children get proper nutrition and safe shelter," Allen said. "It also assures that they have access to nearby educational services and proper health care."

In taking the responsibility to provide improved prospects for the children, NEM staffers have also volunteered to assist them with their school work. As a result, total of 30 staff members are rostered on a weekly basis to visit the Home, and provide homework support for the children.

"The kids look forward to their visits," Allen said. She stated that the NEM staff had shown their commitment and concern by maintaining their presence, no matter the weather or time of year.

Maintaining its core objectives in serving the needs of the wards in its care has never been easy, Allen stated. She said support from NEM, along with other corporate sponsors, "is a direct benefit to the children in our care, and serves to improve the environment in which they live."

giving back

For NEM, the decision to adopt the Walker's Place of Safety, and respond to the needs of the home on a regular basis, came as part of a strategic reassessment of the general insurer's operations, and its role in the society, Esther Francis Hill, the company's human resource services manager said.

"We took the decision that we needed to be consistent in giving back to society, because children are the future of this country."

She added: "We cannot afford to falter in our responsibility to ensure that all our children, including those most in need, get an opportunity for a bright future."