The head quarters (Generalate) of the Society of the Helpers of Mary is situated at Andheri West, Mumbai, India. It is an important office of the Society. The office of the Superior General (the President) of the Society, the Councilors, the Economer and the General Secretary live here. The coordination of various activities of the Provinces, Regions and Overseas missions are carried out from here.
The society from its inception discharged various functions independently from here, besides being a centre for contacts and transit lounge. Shraddha Vihar also occupies a special place, as it is the birthplace of the Society and the place of inspiration for all its members. The tomb of the Founder is situated here besides the memory of the Founder is kept alive in the premises through various celebrations and commemorations. Her memories and relics are placed in her room. This place inspires all those who enter this room and keeps alive the rich tradition.
Besides, the sick and elderly members find an asylum as well as a resting place to spend their evening of their lives.
The medical ministry of the Society took birth at Shraddha Vihar Hospital. The hospital caters to the needs of the slum dwellers as well as the residents of the surrounding area. Besides, the hospital meets the medical needs of the children of Bal Bhavan, Jivan Asha and the members of the Institute. As of now, it is a full-fledged hospital with advanced facilities of Sonography, lab, Dentistry, Ophthalmic facilities, Physiotherapy and Maternity home.
One of the first Care homes for Children is situated here. The home was started in 1972 with 10 orphan children. The resident was originally built with the help of our benefactor. As of today more than 5000 children found a home and have transformed themselves after the completion of their studies. The home accommodates girls between the ages of 5-18years.
This was the pioneer effort of the Society to care for the needy senior citizens. The home was established in 1971, in a tin shed. Now it shelters 50 senior citizens who are bedridden and helpless, coming from all sections of society.
The community centre gives esteemed services to the adjoining slums through mobilization and action for various issues concerning women, children, differently abled and senior citizens. Apart from giving legal assistance to the needy, the centre also provides counseling services and in some cases financial assistance, ration and foodstuff is distributed. There is a well organized Credit Society and Self Help Groups for women.
It was established in 1965, with 15 children and it has grown enormously. The services of Kinder Garden and Coaching classes exclusively supports the surrounding slum children. They also get a mid day meal program, school uniform, books, clothes and others essential educational materials. Many poor children have benefited through this informal school and have obtained a better future.
The Kripa Academy for Skills; this centre established to provide vocational training for poor school dropout schools and poor families like Para-medical, para-legal, computer, beautician, home science, tailoring etc. It enables to fetch a decent earning and built their self-respect and confidence.
This course is newly introduced to the community animators and social workers at Kripa Academy centre. The first batch of 26 students completed diploma certificate course in the year 2013.
The focus of the centre is to enhance professional skills for the school dropout girls, those unable to cope up with higher studies, those living in rural areas lacking professional training. The centre runs courses in tailoring, Henna, beauty culture, computer, spoken English, crafts, preparing candles, embroidery, painting, cookery etc.
It was established on the 27th May 2001. Inaugurated by our pioneer sisters, Srs. Zita, Imelda and Monica.
Society of the Helpers of Mary, Shraddha Vihar, Generalate, Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai - 400 058, INDIA
Generalate 0091(0)22/26766845, 26764843
Mother House 0091(0)22/26762546
Jivan Asha 0091(0)22/26766758
Shraddha Vihar Hospital 0091(0)22/26768473
Bal Bhavan 0091(0)22/26761745
Shraddha Community Centre 0091(0)22/26772969
Kripa Academy for skills