The Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic
Serving Monday’s from 1-3:30pm
Mercy Community Church
1026 Ponce de Leon Avenue N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30306
(Entrance from back parking lot off of St. Charles Ave.)
The Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic serves our friends on the street every Monday at Mercy Community Church in Atlanta, GA. We are 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. When a clinic is fully staffed we can run 6 foot care stations, serving an average of 15 friends over the course of one clinic. That’s 30 happy feet and 150 cheerful toes! We are grateful for the support of Mercy Community Church for hosting us each week!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the clinic coordinator.
SUPPORT THE CLINIC
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:
We have an Amazon wish list we keep updated with current needs, including shoes, socks, and inserts.
- Men’s White Athletic Socks
- Shoe Inserts
- Epsom Salt
- Organic Calendula Flowers
- Organic Lavender Essential Oil
- Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Multi Vitamins
Thank you to all the individuals and organizations who have supported our work at the foot clinic!
If you are looking for an incredible way to start your week, look no further! The Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic Crew welcomes you to volunteer at our Monday afternoon clinic. Clinic set-up begins at 12:30 and we often finish cleaning up by 4:30.
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 Lorna, the clinic coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about volunteering with us!
In an effort to encourage the development of sister clinics, we have put together a manual outlining our basic foot care procedures, with 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.
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. Here we are providing footcare at the Gubbio Project in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.
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 20th and are grateful for the support of our new hosts, the Mercy Community Church!