For over 20 years, the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic has been meeting folks where they are at and helping them get to where they want to go. Lorna first discovered the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic early in her herbal studies and it was through this work that she learned the true value of collaborative community care. Herbalista is a direct result of this partnership and we owe so much to both the Foot Clinic, the Open Door which started this project, Mercy Community Church and all the other collaborators!
In 2020, after more than a dozen years of service and coordination of the Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic, Lorna passed the tub and clippers to new leadership. Footsters Christine Overrocker and Susan Edgett who are longtime volunteers have taken the lead and we are grateful for their dedication and service!
If you would like to volunteer, donate supplies, or simply get more information, please contact the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic directly at: harriettubmanfootclinicATL@gmail.com
You can also follow them on Instagram @harriettubman.footclinic
Herbal Foot Care
The best type of Foot Care is collaborative care. This means utilizing both conventional and herbal therapies for patient focused care. Let’s strive to meet every guest to our chair with open hearts and healing hands.
When we offer to care for someone’s feet, we are entering into an intimate and sacred relationship. We are asking they trust us with not only their body, but their ability to navigate the world. How much we rely on our feet! They lead us to food, to water, to shelter, and to work. They are our contact with the earth and our means of escaping danger. They inform and also reflect our experience as we walk, run, skip, stumble, march and dance our way through life. Through my work at the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic I learned to take that responsibility seriously. We hope that through our services, we can offer the hardworking feet of our friends on the street the comfort and care they deserve!
Foot care covers the lower leg, foot, and toe nails. We assess the overall health and mobility, including the footwear (socks, shoes, inserts, etc.) of our clinic guests. We have learned that the most important aspect of foot care is self-care! We try to educate our clinic guests on daily foot hygiene, properly fitting footwear, warning signs to look for, and easy to manage self-care techniques to help with existing problems.
Foot care is an opportunity to radiate health throughout the entire body! After a session at our clinic folks feel lighter, happier, and move with greater ease.
Foot Care Resources
In an effort to encourage the development of sister clinics, please check out these resources! 👣💚
Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic Service Manual
This manual was last updated several years ago, and contains extra appendices on proper hygiene and safety, herbal repertory, herbal medicine making, and patient education. I will hopefully do an updated edition sometime next year.
Foot Care Resource Section
Please visit the foot care section on the resources page of the Herbalista Website for a whole listing of handouts, informative links, sanitation and safety resources and more. 💚👣
For other training info on working with feet, please check out the YouTube Channel for Nurse Laura Roehrick, whom I have had the pleasure of training and working with. Laura specializes in high-speed drilling techniques which are such an effective means of managing toenails, corns, and calluses.
Please consider donating to the Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic. All donations are tax deductible thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Mercy Community Church!
Checks can be made payable to:
Mercy Community Church
PO BOX 8676, Atlanta, GA 31106
Please write Foot Clinic on the memo line.
Donate via PayPal:
Thank you Open Door Community!
After 4 decades of service, the Open Door Community, home to the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic, closed its Atlanta house and relocated to Baltimore, MD. We will greatly miss the community that grew up around the Open Door. We will miss their leadership on important issues. We will miss their strong opinions that spoke truth to power. We will miss their welcoming hearts that built a more loving Atlanta.
And so we found ourselves in search of a new home for our little clinic. We were fortunate to receive an invitation from Mercy Community Church, another community center dedicated to serving our friends on the street and in prison, to begin holding foot services in their Center.
We held our first clinic on February 20, 2017 and are grateful for the support of our new hosts, the Mercy Community Church!