Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics PO Box 117 Ashland, VA  23005 804-798-8890 info@hanoverfreeclinics.com
A Message from Susan Hubbard, Executive Director Almost seven 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, four other churches throughout the county joined in the mission, establishing facilities and opening their doors to provide eye, mental health, and additional dental and medical care.  All five clinics now serve under the name, "Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics" and share a common goal and mission.  The clinics are located at multiple churches in multiple locations 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 community 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 clinic is made up of dedicated volunteers, all of whom, administrators, clerks, and health care providers, donate their time.  No one is compensated for service.    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.  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 for all who have received. A Message from Lee Chambers, Board Chair Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics has been extremely fortunate to have highly qualified and knowledgeable volunteers and thus, the reason for the success of the clinics.  The business model focuses around churches and members of their congregations, who provide a great source of volunteers.  Our original success was to open the clinic doors to serve Hanover County's needy at Saint James the Less Episcopal Church.  As we saw the need increase across the region, we expanded the facilities and increased the number of volunteers to serve those needs.  Today we have church-associated free clinics operating across Hanover County.  Our organization, like other free clinics, faces several challenges.  One is volunteer burn-out.  Many techniques are currently being used to prevent fatigue and over-use of our knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer team.  We use job rotation, scheduled space between work nights, and  many forms of praise and demonstrations of appreciation.  Another challenge we are faced with is sustaining a financial position to keep up with the need for supplies and equipment crucial to clinic operation.  Currently, income for the organization is mostly from donations given by individuals and groups.  Unfortunately, in the current economy, we are experiencing a significant increase in demand, and a noticeable decrease in donations.  The situation requires that we seek out new and inventive ways to encourage donations, and that we manage all funding with extreme care.
Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics PO Box 117 Ashland, VA  23005 804-798-8890 info@hanoverfreeclinics.com
A Message from Susan Hubbard, Executive Director Almost seven 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, four other churches throughout the county joined in the mission, establishing facilities and opening their doors to provide eye, mental health, and additional dental and medical care.  All five clinics now serve under the name, "Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics" and share a common goal and mission.  The clinics are located at multiple churches in multiple locations 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 community 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 clinic is made up of dedicated volunteers, all of whom, administrators, clerks, and health care providers, donate their time.  No one is compensated for service.    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.  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 for all who have received. A Message from Lee Chambers, Board Chair Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics has been extremely fortunate to have highly qualified and knowledgeable volunteers and thus, the reason for the success of the clinics.  The business model focuses around churches and members of their congregations, who provide a great source of volunteers.  Our original success was to open the clinic doors to serve Hanover County's needy at Saint James the Less Episcopal Church.  As we saw the need increase across the region, we expanded the facilities and increased the number of volunteers to serve those needs.  Today we have church-associated free clinics operating across Hanover County.  Our organization, like other free clinics, faces several challenges.  One is volunteer burn- out.  Many techniques are currently being used to prevent fatigue and over-use of our knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer team.  We use job rotation, scheduled space between work nights, and  many forms of praise and demonstrations of appreciation.  Another challenge we are faced with is sustaining a financial position to keep up with the need for supplies and equipment crucial to clinic operation.  Currently, income for the organization is mostly from donations given by individuals and groups.  Unfortunately, in the current economy, we are experiencing a significant increase in demand, and a noticeable decrease in donations.  The situation requires that we seek out new and inventive ways to encourage donations, and that we manage all funding with extreme care.