Divine Charitable Trust (“DCT”) is run by Catholic priests of the Vincentian Congregation. DCT is based in Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor,
The Trust’s mission is to provide a life of hope and dignity to the poor and marginalized in society irrespective of religion, gender, race or language. DCT runs several non-profit charitable homes in line with the Vincentian Congregation’s aim to care for the welfare of the poor and afflicted – at present about 3,000 of them are being cared for on a long-term basis. DCT has no self-funding avenue or assets to help fund their works and is currently dependent on individual donations. It is running at a significant loss. As per DCT’s mission – they will continue to care for those most in need because to turn away the sick and the suffering is not an option.
To have a place to live in DCT’s Homes is to enable a life of love and understanding for those rejected and abandoned – every life is important and every person is loved. It has resulted in many lives being visibly transformed and who have returned back to a normal life in society; for the dying, they knew their lives were precious till the end.
The following are the non-profit charitable works of Divine Charitable Trust:
Ø Home for AIDS patients (St. Vincent’s AIDS Home) with about 100 patients.
Ø Home for the Mentally Ill (Divine Care Centre for the Mentally Ill) with about 600 patients.This is due to huge demand – Divine Care Centre has a waiting list of 5000 applications.
Ø Home for Destitute and Abandoned women (St. Mary’s Home for Destitute and Abandoned Women) with about 150 residents.
Ø Home for the Aged (Maria Santhi Bhavan Home for the Aged) with about 100 elderly women residents.
Ø About 160 destitute families being helped to have a new start in life.
Ø Centre for Drug De-Addiction (Divine Drug De-Addiction Centre) that cares for about 150 persons who come to the retreat centre weekly.
Ø Living and Educational needs of about 300 orphan children in De Paul Home for Boys and Divine Home for Girls. (Some who are placed in boarding schools for their education).
Ø Divine Mercy Home for Palliative Care of Cancer Patients with about 50 terminally ill patients.
Ø About 700 free mid-day meals are provided to the poor and needy patients in nearby government hospitals every week.
Ø Every year the St. Paul’s Tailoring School in Divine Retreat Centre trains 300 young girls from poor families to help generate self-employment opportunities and to be self-independent.
Ø About 1,000 volunteers - many who come from very broken and destitute family backgrounds are being cared for long-term in Divine Retreat Centre.