Founded by the Rt. Rev. Bishop R.O. Hall of the Anglican Church in 1949, the St. James’ Settlement started her work as a club for boys and girls in a temple in Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai. It was then developed to a six-storey building to provide diversified services, which included children, and youth services, elderly services as well as rehabilitation services to the needy continuously since 1963. In 1987, the headquarter; a multi-service community centre was opened in Stone Nullah Lane so that the scope of services can further be extended. Since the first centre outside Wanchai (named Central and Western District Elderly Community Center) founded in 1990, there has been different service centers developed and located along the North coast of Hong Kong Island, from Western Belcher to Chai Wan Hing Wah Estate (II). In view of ever changing needs in the society, service centers have been found in the west of Kowloon and north of the New Territories. Up till now, there are altogether over 47 service points. By the end of 2011, there is about 1100 staff providing vast range of high quality welfare services for people of different ages and needs.
All along, St. James’ Settlement serves the community and needies, whom are kids, youngsters, families, mentally retarded people and elderly. We provide both community supports to residential care, from healthy to disabled persons’ services. Everyday, we serve more than 10,000 times of people in Hong Kong.
In addition to developing new services, the Settlement has been spending much efforts to maintain the quality of our existing services since the early days, we try out a lot of new service modes to meet the needs of the unserved in the community. In March 1996, this spirit is further consolidated with the introduction of “Total Quality Management” concepts into our system. This gives us a very solid foundation for revamping the Settlement ‘s Mission and Vision. In 1997, the Settlement was awarded the third prize in the “ Outstanding Agency Management Project Award” by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and later in 2002 was awarded the Directors of the Year Awards in the category of Public/Not-for Profit Organization Boards by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors. The Settlement has launched a series of service integration and re-engineering since 2000 and has joined the Lump Sum Grant System of Social Welfare Department in 2003-2004.
The major source of funding support came from donation and the Church initially and it now comes from social welfare subvention. Besides, part of our income resources also gathered by charity agencies such as the Community Chest of Hong Kong, different organizations in Hong Kong and overseas as well as individual donations. The operation expenditure for the year 2010-2011 is about $422M.