Serving our friends on the street

Harriet Tubman Footcare Clinic

1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9 am.

Mercy Community Church
serving at St. John’s Lutheran Church
1410 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307

To volunteer, please contact opendoorfootclinic@gmail.com

The Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic serves our friends on the street at Mercy Community Church in Atlanta, GA.  After a dozen years of service, Herbalista Lorna has passed the torch to our new leads, Christine Overrocker and Susan Edgett.  They are both longtime Footsters and we are grateful for their dedication and service!  Herbalista Free Clinic still continues to provide herbal supplies and technical services, assisting as we are able to continue this incredible clinic that has served our friends on the streets in Atlanta for 20 years!

The Foot Clinic is a collaborative care clinic, blending conventional and herbal therapies.  We strive to meet every visitor to our clinic with open hearts and healing hands.  All services are free thanks to the help of our volunteers and to generous donations.

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.  In our work at the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic we take that responsibility seriously. We hope that during our clinic, 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.  Due to COVID we have scaled back clinics a smidge and instead of weekly clinics are currently serving the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  We have also relocated along with the Mercy Community to the St. John’s Lutheran Church.  We are grateful for the support of Mercy Community Church for hosting us!  We also wish to thank the Open Door Community who founded this clinic back in 2001.

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Volunteer

The Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic Crew welcomes you to volunteer at our Wednesday morning clinic.

No previous experience is necessary to work at the foot care clinic, but we do appreciate loving attitudes, good senses of humor, and hard workers!

Please send a note to Jasmine, the clinic coordinator, at opendoorfootclinic@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about volunteering with us!

Donate

Donations are tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor the 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:

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Supplies

We have an Amazon wish list we keep updated with current needs, including shoes, socks, and inserts.

Common Needs:

  • Men’s White Athletic Socks
  • Men’s Wool Blend Socks for Wintertime
  • Shoe Inserts
  • Multi Vitamins

Resources

In an effort to encourage the development of sister clinics, we have put together some resources including a manual outlining our basic foot care procedures.  This manual contains extra appendices on proper hygiene and safety, herbal repertory, herbal medicine making, and patient education. We update it regularly as we develop new techniques or protocols.  Please visit our resource section on foot care for all the goods 💚👣

Click here to view and download the manual.  Please use this manual for the benefit of others!

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.

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!