Calvary, Columbia hosts foot clinic
By the Rev. Deacon Beth Simpson,
Calvary Episcopal Church, Columbia
Calvary, Columbia, hosts a full, hot breakfast for our unsheltered neighbors each Saturday during July through September. We are aware that our guests walk miles each day to access food and services. A quick glance at their shoes indicates that their feet and shoes could benefit from some TLC.
Calvary parish generously provided an assortment of new shoes in a wide range of styles and sizes. We formed a partnership with nurses from the CoMo Mobile Aid Collective, and on September 10, 2022, during the Saturday Café, we provided much-needed basic foot care and new shoes to around 25 of our guests.
The nurses operate a clinic at the community soup kitchen, Loaves and Fishes, two nights each week, so the guests were comfortable with having them look at their feet. Feet were cleaned, nails were clipped, feet were massaged. The event took place in our beautiful Memorial Garden, with bubbling fountain and lush flowers. One of the nurses, known to our guests as Nurse Gayle, summed up the feeling of everyone involved: “Love is not a feeling in your chest. It is bending down to wash another’s feet.”
Foot Clinic at Calvary, Columbia 9-10-22