Since the 1950's, upon recommendation of Archbishop Iakovos, Philoptochos placed an increased emphasis on the implementation of important programs to benefit the Greek Orthodox Community, including, but not limited to institutions of the Church, the philanthropies of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and assistance to Greek and Greek Orthodox families. Involvement in social and moral issues encouraged the establishment of several committees to address topics such as child abuse prevention, domestic violence, homelessness, pornography, drug and alcohol abuse and aging.
Since 1987, the National Philoptochos Office has employed professional Social Worker(s), engaged in assisting the Greek Orthodox Community in the United States as well as Greek and Cypriot Nationals. The Social Workers are bilingual (Greek/English) graduates of accredited Master's programs in Social Work and licensed in the State of New York. The Department of Social Services is a vital element of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. (National Philoptochos).
Assistance to individuals and families is provided through outreach, education and information, referrals to local and broader resources, advocacy, supportive counseling, short-term intervention, resource development and financial assistance as needed and approved according to the guidelines of the Department.
- The mission of the Social Services Department of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is to improve the quality of life of those in need in a way that maintains their dignity, self-determination and independence.
- The Social Services Department gives hope and rebuilds the lives of Orthodox Christians individuals and families in the United States, regardless of their immigration / citizenship status, whose lives are impacted by human service needs including but not limited to poverty and income inadequacies; health, mental health, substance use disorders; hunger and food insecurity; inadequate housing and homelessness; intimate partner violence, family and older adult services.
- Our work is conducted confidentially and within a faith-based and culturally sensitive context.