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Over One Hundred Homeless Women And Children Touched By Orthodoxy
Inspired by the lives of the Holy Unmercenary Saints, the Holy Unmercenaries Medical Society (HUMS) recently started a new Medical/Dental Clinic in the inner city of Charlotte, North Carolina. On Saturday January 26, 2019, eight Orthodox healthcare providers of the Metropolis of Atlanta joined His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos of Zelon, as he led them in a Blessing of the Waters to inaugurate the opening of this Clinic.. Over one hundred homeless women, children, Orthodox faithful as well non-Orthodox staff witnessed and shared in this beautiful and uplifting service. This clinic is located within Shelter Health Services and is part of the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, which is one of the largest shelters on the East Coast. The Shelter and Clinic provide housing and medical care for over 400 homeless women and children. This HUMS Specialty Clinic offers a wide range of healthcare services including General and Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, Orthopaedics and Arthritis care, pharmacologic assistance, as well as Physical Therapy. The HUMS also offers a free weekly Orthopedic Clinic there.
Additionally, the HUMS will soon begin a Vocational Rehabilitation jobs program for appropriate Clinic patients. Many of these patients find it difficult to gain employment for various reasons. Through this program, these homeless women will be offered training as well as a job. As transportation is always problematic in this patient population, transportation will be provided. It is hoped that this program will allow at least upwards of 100 patients per year to permanently leave homelessness.
The HUMS was inaugurated by His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, at the Diakonia Retreat Center (DRC) in Salem SC, in January, 2017. The Society is comprised of Greek Orthodox healthcare providers who reside in the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta. The foundation of the HUMS are its four pillars that include; worship, fellowship and education, acts of service, and philanthropy. These pillars are the guiding principles used for the spiritual formation of its membership in order to fulfill its mission…to freely offer the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in our contemporary world.
The HUMS have established a quarterly newsletter as well as a yearly retreat at the DRC. Its first retreat leader was Fr., Dr. Stavros Kofinas of the Pastoral Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who led the attendees in a deeply reflective study of “loneliness” and “hope” in the care of the patient in May, 2017. Shortly thereafter, the HUMS was accepted into the Pastoral Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The second retreat was led by Dr. Gayle Woloschak in May, 2018, and the theme was “The Mystery of Faith, Technology, and the Healing Arts. Both events were well attended and all thoroughly enjoyed the three day weekend of fellowship, daily worship, poignant discussions, as well as the awe inspiring beauty of the DRC. The third annual retreat will be held during May 15-17, 2019 with Dn., Dr. Stephen Muse as retreat leader, who will lead the membership with the timely theme of “Healing the Healer.” These retreats are open to any Orthodox Christian provider who would like to attend (insert link). Of note, His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios always attends the yearly retreats and leads the membership in prayer, spiritual reflections, as well as participating in the retreat discussions.
With the blessing of Metropolitan Alexios and Metropolitan Ephraim of Aegina, together with the cooperation of St. Dionysios Hospital and the Holy Monastery founded by St. Nektarios in Aegina, Greece, the HUMS have also established a seasonal (twice/year) free Orthopaedic Clinic at St. Dionysios Hospital in Aegina. This Clinic has been very well received by the inhabitants of the island and typically has a long waiting list reflective of the need of the people in Greece, which has been deeply affected by the ongoing financial crisis. This hospital is operated under the direction of His Eminence, Metropolitan Ephraim of Aegina.
HUMS members have also traveled to Kenya and the Dominican Republic to offer specialty medical training and care in the areas of Anesthesiology, Gastroenterology and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery. Additionally, health fairs are periodically offered in local Greek Orthodox Churches in the Metropolis of Atlanta.
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