Opening their home to young people with nowhere to go - for free

Kenneth and Adeline Thong open their home to young people with nowhere to go - for free

Unlike most newly-weds who look forward to the privacy of their own homes, the Thongs went in the opposite direction when they married in 2007. They rented a three-room flat in Toa Payoh and threw open their doors to complete strangers to live with them for free.

Over the last decade, there has hardly been a time when the couple, who do not have their own children, have not had a teenager or young adult living with them. Most come from abusive and dysfunctional families, and have nowhere to go. Many, ranging in age from 18 to their mid-20s, are too old for institutional care or fostering.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'A shelter for strangers'. Print Edition | Subscribe