The purpose of the Health Circle is to sponsor educational health programs for our community and to organize volunteers to assist in health programs that serve the greater Cleveland community. The first initiative is scheduled for May 1 and 2. A group of St. Demetrios volunteers will take part in the 2nd MedWorks Health Clinic. This program provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured people throughout greater Cleveland. Other ideas? Informational health and wellness programs during coffee hours, health fairs and screenings, etc.
The Literacy Circle is dedicated to increasing literacy throughout the greater Cleveland community.
Its first initiative is a partnership between St. Demetrios volunteers and the Louis Agassiz Elementary School,
a public school in Cleveland. St. Demetrios has an ongoing tutoring program. Volunteers donate one hour of
their time once a week to work with a child, helping him/her to prepare for the State of Ohio exams at
the end of the school year. In addition, the St. Demetrios Community collects clothing and school supplies for the students.
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The second initiative of the Literacy Circle is a partnership with the Bridge Avenue School. The Bridge Avenue School is a small private Christian middle school on the near West Side of Cleveland that serves previously unsuccessful students. The school focuses on reading, math, and science for students who have previously struggled in these areas, and the school has proven results. The school seeks volunteers to tutor students and provide lunches for the students. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Currently, St. Demetrios volunteers provide lunch for the students once a month. Lunch may be the only healthy meal the children have each day. With additional community support, St. Demetrios could join forces with the Blessings in a Backpack Program to provide healthy meals for the children on the weekends. This would require a total community effort.
There is also an ongoing effort to help the family of one of the eighth grade graduates at The Bridge Avenue School. In the past year, this family lost one child to Leukemia and another in a fire, which also destroyed the family home and all their possessions. Donations are being collected and a drive is in process to help find and renovate a new home for the family.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the Louis Agassiz School or The Bridge Street School should contact Janine Lambros.
Check back soon for information on our new St. Demetrios Food Pantry.
Social Services are the heart and soul of Phloptochos. We are dedicated to including more hands-on projects and assistance. Philoptochos has always delivered baskets to shut-ins at Christmas and Easter and donated Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. The Circle’s first initiative is to establish the St. Demetrios Food Pantry. Other ideas? Visitations to shut-ins; assisting with the Rocky River Meals on Wheels Program; Sunday dinners at St. Herman’s, etc.
The Spiritual Enrichment Circle plans lectures and spiritual programs to educate the community in the faith and to strengthen us as a community.
Warm Up America was our very first Circle, and it has been incredibly successful. A group of ladies meets several times a month to knit and crochet blankets and scarves for shut-ins, for our servicemen and women abroad, and for the Indian tribes in New Mexico.