Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics PO Box 117 Ashland, VA  23005 804-798-8890 info@hanoverfreeclinics.com
About Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics The Saint James the Less Free Clinic was established by parishioners of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, Virginia. It was the dream of Thomas Hubbard, M.D., D.D.S. 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. The vision was to use donated space, equipment, and resources to provide a clinic, free of charge, one evening a week.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, grants given by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and donations from the communitiy, St. James the Less Free Clinic opened to patients on October 25, 2006. Since then, additional clinic sites have been established. In late 2007, an eye care clinic opened at Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland. In March 2009 a 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. A medical clinic opened in January 2010, at 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. In February 2012, an eye care clinic opened in the office of Brian Townsen, O.D., in Mechanicsville. In the first three years, the clinics offered free health and dental care to nearly 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 medications. The volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, hygienists, and students, as well as the huge number of administrative and general volunteers, generously gave 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. The corporate name change from St. James the Less Free Clinic to Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, was made official to show recognition and respect to the multiple churches joining together in this county-wide effort.
Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics PO Box 117 Ashland, VA  23005 804-798-8890 info@hanoverfreeclinics.com
About Us The Saint James the Less Free Clinic was established by parishioners of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, Virginia. It was the dream of Thomas Hubbard, M.D., D.D.S. 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. The vision was to use donated space, equipment, and resources to provide a clinic, free of charge, one evening a week.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, grants given by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and donations from the communitiy, St. James the Less Free Clinic opened to patients on October 25, 2006. Since then, additional clinic sites have been established. In late 2007, an eye care clinic opened at Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland. In March 2009 a 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. A medical clinic opened in January 2010, at 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. In February 2012, an eye care clinic opened in the office of Brian Townsen, O.D., in Mechanicsville. In the first three years, the clinics offered free health and dental care to nearly 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 medications. The volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, hygienists, and students, as well as the huge number of administrative and general volunteers, generously gave 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. The corporate name change from St. James the Less Free Clinic to Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, was made official to show recognition and respect to the multiple churches joining together in this county- wide effort.