Gingko House is a catering service enterprise with organic ingredients and social objectives, trying to generate welfare for older persons by engaging in business. In 2005, “Everbright Concern Action”, a charitable organization founded by a group of social workers, opened the first "Gingko House" restaurant. The restaurant is run by older persons within the organization's social service center in the Wong Tai Sin District. The purpose is to provide a suitable working environment and employment opportunity for older persons who wish to work, stay active and re-gain self-confidence.
The Center introduces regular or temporary jobs (e.g. property management, teaching, house helpers, etc) suitable for the elderly (the "silver" generation") who are able and would like to work, according to each person's interests and skills.
The Center refers the elderly members to temporary and short-term jobs. Older persons above 60 years old who have paid the membership fee of 1,800 yen per year are eligible to use the referral services. It aims to revitalize the community and to bring the joy of work to the elderly.