“To offer a faith-based healing ministry to our qualified Hanover neighbors by providing free medical and dental health care with compassion, dignity and respect.”
1. Additional equipment and software for further computerization of the clinics.
The Saint James the Less Free Clinic was established by parishioners of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church in 2006 in Ashland, Virginia. It was the dream of Thomas Hubbard, MD, DDS to have a free clinic in Hanover County, similar to a clinic he had helped establish a few years before in King William County. Through brainstorming, planning and building, Dr. Hubbard, the parishioners, and other interested persons garnered support for the dream. In August 2006 the Saint James the Less Free Clinic became incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Soon thereafter, it became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, and it was recognized as tax exempt by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Taxation. Dedicated and hard-working volunteers modified the lower level of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church and obtained and installed donated medical and dental equipment. With rent waived by the church and grants given by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, the Free Clinic opened to patients on October 25, 2006.
Since then, 5 additional clinic sites have been established. In late 2007, the Eye Care Clinic opened at Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland. In March 2009, the Mental Health Clinic opened at Ashland Christian-Disciples of Christ Church in Ashland, and in October 2009, a second Dental Clinic opened at Mechanicsville Christian Center in Mechanicsville. A Medical Clinic opened early in 2010, in the Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. In mid 2010 the Ashland Christian-Disciples of Christ Free Clinic ceased offering mental health care, and began podiatric care. Volunteer mental health therapists were no longer available, and the need for podiatric care had increased.
The corporate name change from St. James the Less Free Clinic to Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics was made official in January 2010, to show recognition and respect to the multiple churches joining together in this county-wide effort. The fifth clinic opened in February 2010 offering medical care at the Shady Grove United Methodist Church, in Mechanicsville. The sixth free clinic opened in February 2012 in the EYECARE office of Dr. Brian L. Townsend, in Mechanicsville, VA.
The clinics have offered free health and dental care to well over 1,000 low-income, uninsured Hanover County residents. In addition many were referred to specialists who offered their expertise free of charge. Many received free dentures, eye glasses and/or medications. The volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, hygienists and students, as well as the huge number of administrative and general volunteers, gave generously their time and expertise. Growth led to the establishment of ever increasing numbers of partnerships with churches and service providers, thus broadening the quality, quantity and locations of patient services.
Ten years ago, "St. James the Less Free Clinic," was established by volunteers in the church basement, with a mission to offer a faith-based healing ministry to Hanover County residents. Money donated to the clinic would be dedicated exclusively for patient care and necessary supplies. Each week the waiting room crowd, the waiting lists, and the need for additional services grew. In response, more churches throughout the county joined in the effort, establishing facilities and opening their doors to provide eye, mental health, and additional dental and medical care. Currently, there are six (6) clinics now serving under the name, "Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics," and they share a common goal and mission. The clinics are located at multiple Hanover County churches and one Hanover County optometrist's office so that no donated money goes toward rent or mortgage payments. The clinics serve as places of volunteer missions and provide a unique outreach for many groups and individuals to contribute toward the well-being of others. Volunteers range in age from fourteen to ("won't tell"), beyond eighty years of age. Founded and perpetuated by a spirit of volunteerism and community, the organization has dedicated volunteers, all of whom, administrators, clerks, and health care providers, donate their time. No one is paid, and no one pays for care. Depending on volunteers, community resources and donations, the clinics have been able to extend medical services to include women's wellness, and pain management clinics. Group diabetes counseling, and nutrition and health care education are planned. With dedicated dental resources, we are able to restore missing teeth by making dentures for patients, many of whom have been without teeth for a long time. Our denture patients "graduate" with a renewed smile and confidence toward restoration of many other aspects of their lives. The clinics have been rewarding for all who have given and received.
Director: Beth Marie Helmbrecht
Director: Susan Hubbard
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