“Families are meant to be together, and I’m thankful to be reunited with mine.”
Feroz’ five-year incarceration strained his relationship with his family. “My wife and I were divorced, and I could only see my kids when they came to visit me in prison. However, I wanted them to see that I was trying to change,” he explained.
“The HCSA Highpoint team were always there with a listening ear when I shared troubles like these with them. Because of their support, it really encouraged me to mend the relationship with my family,” he said. With HCSA Highpoint’s help, Feroz also managed to secure employment and accommodation.
Feroz shared that HCSA Highpoint organised many social events for residents and alumni, some of which encouraged either spouses or families to join in. In fact, he shares one of the events – a walk at Mount Faber – the programme organised helped alter the way his daughter initially viewed him and changed their relationship for the better.
“The route of the walk wasn’t easy, so I had to hold my wife’s hand to guide her along the journey. My daughter, who was initially against our reconciliation, saw then how I cared for her mother, and changed her mind,” he shares fondly.
Eventually, Feroz and his family reconciled, with him and his wife even reuniting in a simple re-solemnisation ceremony. “When we moved into our new flat, I told my family: ‘This is not just a house, but a home.’ I strongly believe that being a family means that we have to open up to one another,” he said.
“Families are meant to be together, and I’m thankful to be reunited with mine after being apart for so long.”
“I’m grateful to have the support of HCSA Highpoint throughout my recovery journey.”
At 17, Kim Sun ran away to join a secret society in the pursuit of fame and money. What followed was decades of him going in and out of prison for various crimes. “The incident I regret most in life was when my father once kneeled in front of me, begging me to be a better person,” he confessed.
The turning point for Kim Sun came during his mum’s visit when he was serving time for what was then another prison sentence. “She said that due to her ailing health, it could be the last time that I got to see her. I got really scared, because I didn’t get to say goodbye to my wife before she passed on too. My family was too disappointed to bail me out back then, but I don’t blame them at all,” he shares.
During his residency at HCSA Highpoint, Kim Sun was fueled with determination to change for the better. Having similar shared experiences and struggles with fellow residents motivated him to stay true on his recovery journey; while at the same time, gradually mending the broken ties he initially had with his family.
“It took me six years to rebuild my relationship with them, and they all say that I’ve changed for the better. Most importantly, my mum jokes that my change has made her happier than winning the lottery! I thank the Lord for giving me the chance to be a filial son and atone for my mistakes. I am also grateful to have the support of HCSA Highpoint throughout my recovery journey” he said.