The Mustard Seed Mission (MSM) has been providing shelter and occupational training for homeless street boys since 1960. It all started when Mrs. Lillian Dickinson, a missionary, visited Hualien and saw that the homeless children there were without education or opportunity. She felt that these children, just like the unpolished marbles of Hualien, were brimming with potential that could be unlocked if they were given the love and care that they so desperately need. As a result of Mrs. Dickinson’s spirits, MSM continues to provide caring shelters for teenagers who live in dysfunctional families in Hualien today.
Target Service Group
1. Children between the ages of 8 and 18.
2. Children referred by the Social Welfare Department or the District Court.
3. Young people that are from dysfunctional families and without the support of relatives,
• Both parents are deceased, or one of the parents is deceased and the other has
no means of support.
• Parents are unable to support children due to unemployment, illness, or other reasons.
• Parents are unable to support children due to imprisonment.
• Daily life care and counseling
• Schooling and tutoring
• Psychiatric counseling
• Hygiene and health services
• Hobby-exploring and talent-development courses
• Camping, service learning, sports and recreational activities
• Career Exploration and Vocational Training
• Family relationship maintenance
• Independent living training
• Preparation for having independent living and after care follow-up services