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Community Welfare Center

The Ewha Community Welfare Center was founded as the nation's first social welfare center affiliated with a university in July 1956. At that time, there were many refugees and local residents who needed support around the Shinchon area where the school was located. To meet this need, the school decided to provide regional services to the community in the Shinchon area. Over time, demand for services increased the Community Welfare Center was built beside the second gate of Ewha Womans University in March 1975. The center was integrated with the existing social center, the mother and child health care center, and the nursery. These centers operated under the direct control of the president of Ewha.

The Nursery was separated from the service program in March 1982. In its stead, the regional society development project was implemented. In 1987 the center finally received a permit from the Korean government to establish a social welfare facility in December 1987. In 1989, the chapters were installed and operated in Bukahyun 2-dong and HongJe 3-dong where low income level households were concentrated. In September 1991, a large-scale Sungsan Community Welfare Center was established at the permanent lease apartment complex in Sungsan-dong, Mapo-gu. From 1992, the in-house welfare center provided services to visit houses of low-income citizens in person, including orphanages, homes for the elderly, and disabled people. In 1993, free services for job guidance and training projects were implemented to assist and increase the incomes of low-income households.

In 1994, the chapter was withdrawn due to a regional re-development project. In January 1996, a new branch was established in Chonyon-dong for families, seniors, and regional welfare projects. In August 1996, at the Sungsan Community Welfare Center, a project model was created to display the residents' self-support system and it was named The Self-Support Assistance Center. In October 1998, House of Hope was established as an accommodation facility for unemployed, homeless people due to the IMF economic crisis. In January and September 1999, we also opened branches in Bukahyun-dong and Yonhee-dong respectively and served as an assistance organization. They have been seeing to the needs and caring for the children of dual-income families and provided job opportunities for unemployed people in the area.

In the year 2000, the Ewha Community Welfare Center moved to the new building located in Bukahyun-dong and is continuously striving as a center to grow closer to the community. Since it was established in 1956, the Ewha Community Welfare Center has promoted the welfare of the community by connecting numerous resources and professional manpower directly to the people who need it most. We have also developed and implemented appropriate new programs that could meet the diverse and special needs of our community’s residents. Furthermore, the center has also provided fieldwork opportunities for university students to strengthen their professional knowledge, skills, and techniques.

  • Lead development in the field of social work
  • Contribute to improve the quality of life of local community members
  • Serve through knowledge, creativity and skill
  • Case Management
    • Case Management for Working-poor Families
    • Community Case Management, a program for children & youths, disabled in crisis and needy elderly and chronically ill patients
  • Functional Enhancement & Empowerment for Families 
    • Day care for infants and children
    • after school service
    • night care program for children and youths (low income families)
    • The Single Parent Family Support Project
    • Family Empowerment Project for grandparents raising grandchildren
    • Counseling services
  • Community Organization for Local Residents 
    • community welfare networking service
    • lifelong education for adults, community library & reading room
    • special service for residents
  • Career Mentoring Program for Youths 
    • Career Mentoring Program
    • Career Counseling for Youth
    • Internships for occupational careers
  • Employment Support 
    • programs for elderly people
    • empowering elderly people through vocational training
  • Overseas Networking Project with Ewha Graduate School of Social Work in Cambodia
  • Internship Program Professional Training Course 
    • Educating and training university students and youth