Free Clinic of Powhatan
Thanks to the vision of Connie Maslow and with the assistance of numerous organizations and community residents, the Free Clinic of Powhatan was established in September 2008. Over the years, the number of patients served has grown considerably.
The mission of the Free Clinic of Powhatan is to provide high quality medical, dental, and mental health care services at no cost to Powhatan County’s adult (19-64 years old), uninsured, low-income residents. Approximately 70% of all the Free Clinic’s patients work full time and 12% work part time. In Powhatan County, an estimated 1,600 people are uninsured (5.8% of the county’s total population).
The Free Clinic of Powhatan is a 501(c)(3) organization funded by individual, church, and civic contributions; foundations; and corporate donations. In addition, in-kind support is provided by Richmond area health organizations, Powhatan County, and the Powhatan Health Department. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Please contact the Free Clinic of Powhatan to learn how you can help support the Clinic and its mission, or simply mail a contribution to the Free Clinic of Powhatan P.O. Box 544, Powhatan VA 23139.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Free Clinic of Powhatan. The Clinic could not operate without its volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, lab techs, mental health counselors, and administrative personnel.
Richmond Friends of the Homeless
Richmond Friends of the Homeless was founded in 1986 to strengthen and enrich the community life of the homeless and underprivileged in the Richmond area. This organization provides meals, various children’s and family services, and health and wellness programs. 250 hot meals are served at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Jackson Ward (next to Gilpin Court) every weekday, and 125 hot meals are served at Broomfield CME Church on Jefferson Davis Highway every weekday. Bag lunches are served on Saturdays and Sundays. Manakin Episcopal Church has begun a relationship with Richmond Friends of the Homeless and has committed to purchasing, preparing, and serving a hot lunch at the Jackson Ward location on every 5th Wednesday of the calendar year (250 meals). We hope to support this ministry on a continuing basis. Birdie Lighthiser is the contact person and will be happy to answer any questions.
The Resource Center
The Resource Center (TRC) is located in Kingsley Hall on the campus of Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. TRC provides resources to churches, schools, agencies, and individuals for ministry. Curriculum materials, periodicals, books, puppets, DVDs, and games are available for check out. The Joseph Nash Multicultural Collection is also housed at TRC. Events sponsored by The Resource Center include a Vacation Bible School (VBS) Curriculum Fair, INCLUSION concert, Excellence in Ministry Banquet, Toolbox for Tomorrow, and Interesting Women. TRC offers help and support to many in the area.
Boys’ Home of Virginia
Boys’ Home of Virginia is located in Covington, Virginia. This “mission” was founded in 1906 by an Episcopal rector and bishop who were moved by the harsh conditions of homeless boys in the mountains of Virginia. Today, the Boys’ Home of Virginia is an important outreach of the Episcopal Church. This remarkable facility provides residential campus living for boys who come from dysfunctional homes throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and region. Referrals are made to Boys’ Home for young men who either have no suitable home or who have difficulties that might best be resolved away from their immediate setting. The population of Boys’ Home is usually 40 to 60 young men ages 8-18; there is a campus school to provide education for boys who are not on grade for their chronological age. The mission of Boys’ Home is “to help each boy strive to develop his spiritual, mental, physical, and social potentials and thereby ultimately become a healthy, productive, contributing member of society.”
Manakin Episcopal Church has helped support the ministry of Boys’ Home for many years through various means. This year the Outreach Program at Manakin will support one of the eight cottages as part of a Special Christmas Giving Program and will make a donation to the general fund.
We share in the exciting challenges and incredible rewards of helping shape the lives of the wonderful young men of Boys’ Home. Perhaps, the greatest reward we can receive is the knowledge that we are fulfilling God’s charge to care for and love these children as ourselves.
Rendering support for the Boys’ Home of Virginia can be accomplished by one of two pathways: contact the Outreach Committee Manakin Episcopal Church by calling the church office at 804-794-6401 or by visiting the Boys’ Home of Virginia website at www.boyshomeofva.org.
Third Sunday Collection
The third Sunday of each month, the Outreach Committee collects a variety of goods for several area organizations, including:
The Powhatan Food Pantry, Backpacks for Love, Chesterfield County Jail, and Richmond Animal League.
- The Powhatan Food Pantry is in need of canned meats, soups, condensed milk and pasta meals, as well as cereal, peanut butter and pancake mix. Salad dressings and jelly/jam are also helpful.
- Backpacks for Love provides school-age children with a backpack containing non-perishable foods to tide them over the weekend. Granola bars, pudding, cheese/crackers, individual cereal boxes and breakfast bars are appreciated. No microwaveable meals, please!
- Chesterfield County Jail can use magazines and paperback books that are no longer needed.
- Richmond Animal League welcomes old towels and sheets as bedding.