In 2012, MINDS partnered NTUC Healthcare (previously known as NTUC Eldercare) to open a thrift store in the Redhill community. The main objective was to have matured workers partnering our MINDS clients to operate a thrift store. We believe that the former would be a good mentor for our clients as they were more patient. Matured workers would also be more sympathetic towards the challenges our clients face as they themselves could be discriminated for taking a longer time to adapt to new tasks.
MINDS Shop Plus also prepares our clients for full time employment in the open market. We build up their endurance and soft skills as they learn to travel independently to work and also work shift hours including weekends. The clients go through this phase in a semi-supported environment as the matured workers are also trained to guide persons with special needs.