Corporate citizens such as
AMOCO Trinidad Ltd., made substantial contributions,
while Selwyn Vidal and Associates and Clyde Bacchus
generously provided engineering and architectural
services and gave every encouragement to the endeavour.
The Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago approved a loan
with which the Society was then able to approach Bob Yorke
and Company Ltd. and Chris de Verteuil of PRES-T-CON to
supply the steel and concrete slabs needed to build the
It was by now the mid-eighties and construction was well
underway when, the inflow of contributions slowed, under
the influence of a worsening economy. It was at this point
that the Port of Spain Lions came to the rescue with a
substantial contribution of $360,000.00.
Happily the Lions
were not content to stop here however, as they also went
on to contribute to the Second wing. The first wing was
opened and blessed by Archbishop Anthony Pantin on Sunday
17 th September 1987 . Initially the home had a population
of 14 residents and a live-in matron Theresa Poonwassie,
who personally took charge of Geriatric Care.
years which followed, the second, third and fourth wings
of the institution were opened thanks to a grant from
the Ministry of Social Development, the legacy left to
the Society by Hilary Pamela Correia and the efforts of
the public and the Port of Spain Lions .
At present, the home is managed by the National Council
of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The staff of thirty-five
(35) persons includes 3 supervisors, caregivers, handy-men/janitors,
cooks and laundry personnel. These serve a resident population
of over sixty aged persons.
The home also provides hands-on
experience for students of various organizations which
offer courses in Geriatric care such as SERVOL or more
recently, the URP programme.