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Our Background

Boys’ Town is a charity founded by the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel in 1948. Its key services include residential care, fostering service, respite care, youth outreach, adventure therapy, and clinical intervention.

Boys’ Town serves both boys and girls, from infants to young adults. It helps children and youths who come from disadvantaged and disengaged families who may have faced hardship resulting from difficult home situations, financial struggles, abandonment, and abuse. Boys’ Town equips the children and youth in need with skills to become socially integrated, responsible, and contributing members of society.


Sanctuary Care had its roots in a separate organisation, Sanctuary House. Sanctuary House was set up in 2005 by a group of volunteers who cared for babies temporarily while their mothers decided whether to keep their infants or give them up for adoption. In 2015, Sanctuary House ceased operation for good and donated its assets to Boys’ Town.

Boys’ Town took inspiration from Sanctuary House and started a similar program in 2016 with the donated assets. This program, named Sanctuary Care, had a more streamlined purpose to provide short-term respite services to parents requiring acute or interim care for their children.

Our Milestones







Volunters started a group called Sanctuary House to care for babies of women considering adoption

Sanctuary House discontinued their services and donated their assets to Boys' Town to run a similar model

Sanctuary Care

started its operation with an aim to assist low-income parents needing interim childcare assistance

Sanctuary Care streamlined its  Acute Respite Care (ARC) service parameters to serve only infants and children up to age 8
and for no longer than
90 days

Sanctuary Care started new community outreach program Milk & Diaper Run (MDR) to distribute milk and diapers to needy families

Sanctuary Care expanded its respite care services to include Outreach Activity Respite Service
(OARS) program

The Organisation

Boys’ Town is a member of the National Council of Social Services (NCSS) and Caritas Singapore and a registered charity with the status of Institution of A Public Character (IPCs) with the Charity Council.

The Executive Director, Dr. Roland Yeow, under the advice of the St. Gabriel’s Foundation and the Board of Directors, is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the aims, objectives and traditions of Boys’ Town.

Boys’ Town has been registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee under UEN 201534576H on 14 Sep 2015. With effect from 1 January 2017, all dealings with Boy’s Town will be with this entity. This change in entity will not affect our existing dealings, commitments and obligations with partners and vendors. The aims, purpose and the mission of Boys’ Town remain unchanged. All donations will be entitled to 2.5 times tax deduction (if applicable) as we are an approved Institution of Public Character (IPC).

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