The Madras Christian Council of Social Service is an ecumenical body standing by the side of the poor and the marginalized. Since 1965 it has been serving the masses without distinction of caste, religion and creed and rendering yeoman service to the oppressed, dehumanized and forsaken people.
From the original approach of being a relief-oriented organization it shifted its focus to community development and shared its rich experience with other organizations. In the mid eighties the focus was on Action – Reflection – Education Process and in the new millennium the emphasis is on ‘People’s Empowerment’.
MCCSS is a society, registered under Registration No: 28/73 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It is also registered with the Home Ministry, Government of India, under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, to receive foreign contribution and with the Income Tax Department, Finance Ministry Government of India and all donation to MCCSS are exempted from Income Tax.
In response to a call from the World Council of Churches (WCC) to create a common platform for all the Christian denominations to come together, the then Bishop in Madras of CSI Diocese, Bishop Lesley New Begin took the initiative to began the Madras Christian Council of Social Service (MCCSS) with the Catholic Diocese of Madras – Mylapore and eleven other mainline churches and four Christian organizations in the year 1965, to serve the marginalized communities, the forsaken and the lonely.
In 1972 socio political education of the poor became the focus of MCCSS activity with professional social workers and volunteers.
MCCSS has offered primary health care, health education and counselling services since 1974.
Urban Comprehensive Community Health Service Centre was started in 1976 in collaboration with the Madras Medical College as field training for its both medical and Para-medical students.
In 1983, a new thrust was given towards building people’s movement to bring about policy changes in favour of the poor people.
In 1987, MCCSS felt the need for its involvement in macro issues like urbanization and globalization.
During 1989 development education, influenced the direction in which programmed planning and decision-making flowed within the organization.
In 1991, AIDS Prevention and Awareness in slums of Chennai.
In 1994 the Intervention Programme for women in prostitution was initiated with the support from Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society. The next year, the STD clinic was set up in the target area wherein more than 2,500 WIPs registered for regular medical check-up.
In 1996, Sangams became prominent and took up the cause of violence against women and in 1997, Continuum of Care for People Living with AIDS was initiated with the support of TANSACS as a pilot project, an urban model.
During the last years till nowadays, 4 projects have been consolidated: Women in Development, Family Counselling, Integrated Complex of Special Homes for Seniors and Destitute Children and Prevention of Human Trafficking.