St. Thomas Charitable Trust is a registered public charitable trust under the auspices of St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Collector Nagar, Annanagar West Extn., Chennai, India.
The trust carries out a THREE fold ministry.
- Shanthibhavan- Home for the aged destitute
- St.Marys Mission Hospital– Charity Healthcare ministry
- Abhayam– Palliative care centre for the terminally ill
How ‘Shanthibhavan’ was conceived
During a heavy rainy day in the year 1987, Fr. V.VPaulose, the patron of the mission met an old man, Mr. Krishnan in a drainage canal by the roadside, near the Church. He was struggling for life when the passers-by saw him. With the help of two of his friends, Fr. Paulose brought him to the Church. It was shocking to know that he was totally paralyzed and so could not get out of the flushing water in the canal.
This was the motivation to think of a home for the aged destitutes.
Since its inception in 1988, the trust was active with a mission to care for the most neglected ones in the society. By the Grace of God, we could start a small clinic to give free medical care to the extent possible, with the help of doctors who are church members, during the initial stage.
In 1991, the trust started institutional accommodation for the destitute old people.
In 1994, purchased 5 acres of land at Redhills in the outskirts of the Chennai city, nearer to the Golden Quadrilateral NH-5 and started construction. With the good-hearted support of the church members, well-wishers and philanthropists in and around Chennai, we could construct the building for “Shanthibhavan” and the old age home was shifted there.
With the completion of second phase in 1998, separate wings for ladies and gents were made available and by this time the strength increased up to 50. The demand was invariably increasing and we were facing lack of space and infrastructure.
More than two hundred destitute including mentally retarded were looked after by “Shanthibhavan” since its conception. More than a hundred inmates including a respectful priest, passed away peacefully and we are proud to say in the name of God, that all of them had a respected burial than they deserve as a fellow human being.
St. Marys mission Hospital is a pioneer project of St. Thomas Charitable trust, with a view to provide;[a] 100 bed hospital at Nallur Village, Redhills in the outskirts of Chennai. [b] Medical treatment to the poor and under-privileged in the society Irrespective of caste, colour, creed, gender or religion. [c] Affordable medical facility in and around the project area
The built up area is ready and is functional with an OP Department in 3000 Sq.Ft. The project will complete with a built up area of 30000 sq. feet building with all amenities of a full-fledged 24×7 hospital.