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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Podiatry Associates of Jamestown and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will once again be collaborating to provide a free Foot Care Clinic for community members on Maundy Thursday, March 29th from 9am to 11am in the church undercroft. The church is located at 410 North Main Street, Jamestown. Clinic participants are asked to use the Fourth Street entrance, on the corner of Fourth and Main Streets.
Dr. George R. Vito, of Podiatry Associates of Jamestown, who will be conducting the clinic, works in both the Jamestown and Warren offices and has over 30 years of experience. He is also associated with UPMC and Warren General Hospital. Dr Vito and his staff are pleased to participate and bring their work out of the office and into the community as well.
Dr. Vito and his staff will be offering foot baths, diabetic foot exams and more. These basic services will be available at no cost to the public.
“We are happy to be able to offer this free service to people who might not otherwise receive this type of care.” says Dr. Vito. “We are honored to collaborate with St. Luke’s for the clinic and look forward to it each year.”St. Luke’s began offering the foot clinic three years ago as a compliment to its “Fourth Street Café”, a community outreach program for area residents that meets at St. Luke’s every Thursday from 9 to 11am.
The clinic serves both as a way of honoring the age-old tradition of ceremonial foot washing that is done in many churches on the Thursday before Easter in remembrance of Christ’s washing of the Apostles feet, and a service to café regulars and other community members who may not have the funds or access to regular foot care.
“We customarily offer foot washing as a part of our Maundy Thursday services, but that is more symbolic rather than utilitarian.” explains the Rev. Luke Fodor, Rector of St. Luke’s. “The Fourth Street Café is frequented by quite a few downtown Jamestown residents who do not have funds or transportation readily available to them, so hosting a foot clinic seemed like an appropriate way to serve our community much as Jesus served his own followers.”
For more information about the Foot Care Clinic or any of St. Luke’s other offerings, call the church office at 716-483-6405 or visit their website at www.stlukesjamestown.org.