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Social Services Department

Social Services

Welcome to the National Philoptochos Department of Social Work.  As you explore these pages, you will note that our programs and services strive to uphold our mission, which is to improve the quality of life of Orthodox Christian individuals and families in need in a way that maintains their dignity, self-determination and independence.  

You will find information about our social work services nationwide that are provided by bilingual (Greek / English) staff who hold Master of Social Work degrees and are licensed by the State of New York, the state in which Philoptochos is incorporated. 

You will find details about what we do and how, so that you can access help for yourself or someone else.  You will note that our direct services include outreach, education, information about and referrals to local and broader resources both nonprofit and governmental, advocacy to ensure those seeking our help obtain the services to which they are entitled, short-term interventions and supportive counseling, resource development, and as needed, financial assistance according to the guidelines of the Society.

You also will find information about the ability of Philoptochos social workers to help Philoptochos members and other church groups develop and organize local educational forums and seminars about issues they have identified as critical within their own communities.  Examples include Domestic Violence in the Greek Orthodox Community, Women’s Heart Health, Meeting the Needs of Those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Interfaith Panel Discussion on the Virgin Mary in Our Life and Times, and more. 

Should you wish us to research a specific issue on your behalf or help you organize a public education forum, or should you wish to refer someone to our office for help, please call 212.977.7782, or email socialwork@philoptochos.org .

 We look forward to hearing from you.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Social Services Report to the 2014 National Convention