Shelter for Men Ex-Offenders

Transit Point @ Spooner (previously known as the Shelter for Men-in-Crisis) began operating in 2003 and provides temporary housing to ex-offenders. These ex-offenders might have been rejected by their families for various reasons or not have a conducive home environment for their return. NHCS believes in giving them a second chance and assisting them to rebuild their lives, so that they can reintegrate into society. This is a 6-month case management programme. 

The primary aim of Transit Point @ Spooner is to assist motivated ex-offenders to become self-sufficient. During their stay, residents are expected to work with their Case Manager through weekly case sessions to develop and work on an Individualized Care Plan focusing on their employment and long-term or permanent housing solutions. Other than that, residents may also choose to include other life goals into their care plan. Residents are expected to take ownership of their care plan while Case Managers support them through counselling, referrals, and appeals. Case Managers also serve as counsellors and mediators for any issues or conflicts residents may have in their lives or with fellow residents or family members. 

We also recognize that many of our residents do not have the requisite life-skills that many of us have, which enables us to make appropriate decisions or to react appropriately in any given situation. Therefore, we also make life-skills training an important component of the programme for the men in our shelter. 

We have identified six key components for the life-skills training:

  • Anger Management, 

  • Coping with Loneliness,

  • Communication Skills, 

  • Budgeting Skills, 

  • Overcoming Bad Habits & 

  • Cultivating Good Habits and Goal-Setting. 

Besides our Case Managers who conduct some of these courses, we also engage committed volunteers or external vendors to run some of these trainings for us. 

Transit Point @ Spooner is a 2-storey building located at 3 Spooner Road, with a maximum capacity of 60 residents. There are 8 bedrooms of varying sizes with a mix of single as well as double-decker beds. High-quality foam mattresses are provided along with a pillow as well as sheets. Each bed also has an accompanying locker for residents to store their belongings. There are also designated charging ports and cubicles for residents to charge their electronic devices in the rooms. Air-conditioning is also provided from 9pm to 5am every day in the rooms not only for the welfare of the residents but also to prevent bedbugs. For the same reason, residents are expected to pay $1 fortnightly for a group wash of the bedsheets.


Coin-operated washing machines and dryers are available for residents at $2 per 15kg load. They are encouraged to build friendships and share the cost by pooling their laundry together. There are also laundry areas for residents to hang their clothes so as to keep their bedrooms neat and tidy.


As food is not provided, there is a kitchen for residents to use for cooking. They can purchase their own groceries and store it in the fridge. There is also a small pantry area where residents may help themselves to donated food rations such as instant noodles, canned food, and instant coffee if they find the need. Residents are also provided with a simple bread-and-spread breakfast to ensure that they have the energy to work.


There is also an activity room where residents may play musical instruments such as guitar or piano, work out using the gym equipment, or watch television. 


Residents are expected to pay a monthly shelter fee of $100 – far lower than the operating cost to house them. The fee exists to cultivate a sense of responsibility and to encourage them to move out to subsidized housing such as HDB rental flats (which may be lower in cost) as soon as possible.

Under our service model, we must strictly adhere to the following:

  1. Singapore Citizen or PR

  2. Above 18 years of age

  3. Male

  4. Must not be actively abusing alcohol or any substances

  5. Free from infectious diseases and not be diagnosed with major mental disability

  6. Must not be suffering from serious psychotic disorders and/or serious behavioural problems and/or serious medical conditions that require close individual supervision or require nursing care



Apart from the above, residents are expected to:

  1. Start work within 1 month of admission and sustain employment throughout

  2. Actively work on their subsequent accommodation plans throughout their stay

  3. Comply with shelter terms & conditions, the most important of which are:

    1. No illegal activity

    2. Comply to curfew of 10pm to 5.30am daily

    3. Adhere to area cleaning roster

    4. Attend case sessions, meetings, and group-work

    5. Cooperate and show consideration to other residents and shelter staff


We accommodate ex-offenders of all races and religions.

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