Our Story

History & Milestones

Formerly known as Highpoint Community Services Association, HCSA Community Services started operations in 1996 as a halfway house for recovering drug addicts and ex-offenders. Today, our work has expanded to include ex-offenders, teenage girls who have experienced the complex trauma of repeated abuse and profound neglect, single-parent families with limited support, and other at-risk groups in the community.

Seeds were sowed in a three-room flat

A band of brothers who met weekly for prayer at Community of Praise Baptist Church: Timothy Das, Don Wong, Jeff Lim, Eric Chan, Peter Chan and Smokie Cheng started a support group for drug addicts, using one of the rooms in the three-room flat which Pastor Timothy and his wife had just moved into, to help drug addicts through their detox phase.


Launch of Highpoint

Highpoint Community Services Association was started, and Highpoint Halfway House started improving their residential drug addiction recovery programme.


New Home on Lor 23 Geylang

After relocating three times over a period of 10 years due to growth and expansion, Highpoint Halfway House finally moved into its current premises at Geylang.

More than $1.4 million was invested to restore, refurbish and redevelop Highpoint Halfway House’s premises.


The launch of Dayspring

Alice Heng planted the seeds of Dayspring with her vision to provide hope and healing to women. She rented an apartment in Cairnhill Road where she and her friends from the Community of Praise Baptist Church conducted life skills training for troubled women.

Alice passed away the next year at age 50 after losing her battle with cancer. Her friends decided to honour her by banding together to build on her inspiring legacy.


The Dayspring Centre for Women

Dayspring came under Highpoint Community Services Association and was renamed Dayspring Centre for Women, offering counselling and support to young women who were serving the last leg of their prison sentence in the community.


Launch of Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre

Singapore’s first small-group residential treatment facility for abused girls was launched. The aim was to provide early intervention for children who have been sexually and physically abused, to give them a higher probability of recovery and leading normal lives. 

Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre (RTC) moved into its new premises at 233 Turf Club Road, which was officially opened by then President S.R. Nathan.


Dayspring RTC expanded

Dayspring expanded to 234 Turf Club Road, which was officially launched by then President Tony Tan Keng Yam.


Helping women with unsupported pregnancies

Dayspring New Life Centre was started and housed at 233 Turf Club Road, providing care for women with unsupported pregnancies.


Celebrating 20 years of service

HCSA Community Services celebrated our 20th anniversary with a new name and logo reflecting HCSA’s vision and mission to empower individuals in their journey from darkness into light.


Launch of HCSA Dayspring SPIN

Dayspring New Life Centre pivoted towards single-parent families with the launch of HCSA Dayspring SPIN (Single Parents INformed, INvolved, INcluded). This is a new initiative co-created with the National Council of Social Service which empowers single parents and lone caregivers with limited support.


President Halimah Yacob's visit to Dayspring

President Halimah Yacob visited HCSA Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre and HCSA Dayspring SPIN.


Therapeutic Group Home

HCSA Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre was upgraded to the enhanced care standard of a Therapeutic Group Home.


Launch of HCSA Academy

Official launch of HCSA Academy Culinary Training Centre by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Member of Parliament, Jalan Besar GRC.


President Halimah Yacob's visit to HCSA Highpoint and HCSA Academy

President Halimah Yacob visited HCSA Highpoint and HCSA Academy


HCSA Dayspring SPIN moves to a new office

Dayspring SPIN moves from 233 Turf Club Road to a fresh new space at 1 Lorong 23 Geylang. The new location serves as a vibrant social hub for SPIN members and volunteers to gather, learn, play and grow together in a convenient and conducive environment.


HCSA Dayspring RTC officially TST-certified

As of August 2020, HCSA Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre is a Certified TST (Trauma Systems Therapy) Organization.


Celebrating 25 years of service

Despite a muted celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HCSA Community Services took a moment to commemorate 25 years of giving a future and a hope with our staff and beneficiaries.



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