WHAT IS HELPING HANDS HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER?

The mission of the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is to be the caring hands of Jesus to provide medical care, health education, counseling and social services to those with needs.

Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a community, faith based, free medical clinic that serves uninsured and underinsured adults whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

We...

  • provide free health care, health education, social services, and spiritual guidance.

  • find medication support for those in need of prescription assistance.

  • refer patients for dental care and other specialties.

  • offer our TB Skin Testing Program at a significantly reduced rate compared to other TB Testing sites.

All of our services are no cost and free to our patients with the exception of TB Skin Testing.  We ask that patients contribute an $8.00 donation for their TB Skin Tests.

We also...

  • opened our doors on April 20, 2007.

  • have seen over 10,000 patients since opening our doors.

  • have served patients from over 50 different zip codes throughout central Ohio.

According to the World Health Organization (2018), "health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity."  Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center attends to each aspect of the World Health Organization's definition of health.

OUR PROGRAMS

 

Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center offers a Community Wellbeing Program, an Acupuncture Program, and a Free Care Program.

Community Wellbeing Program

Walk-in Only

Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

During the Community Wellbeing Program, we offer reduced-price TB skin test and work or school physical exams.  The Community Wellbeing Program is walk-in only; we do not have scheduled appointments.  Our services are offered on a "first come first served" basis.  We do not serve individuals under age 18.​

For TB Skin Testing:

  • TB skin testing runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

  • TB skin tests are then read on the immediately following Thursday between 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm.

  • The cost of a TB skin test is an $8.00 cash donation.

 

For Work/School Physical Exams:

  • Work and school physical exams are performed from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

  • Please bring form of ID and necessary physical exam paperwork.

  • There is no cost for a physical exam.

  • We accept patients until we reach our capacity.

Acupuncture Program

Appointments Only

Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

During the Acupuncture Program, we offer free acupuncture evaluations and treatments.  The Acupuncture Program is appointment only, so please call 614-262-5094 to schedule your appointment.  The first available appointment is at 2:00 pm.  Appointments typically last about 1 hour, so please be prepared to be at our clinic for that amount of time.  There is no cost to be seen during the Acupuncture Program.  We do not serve individuals under age 18.​

Free Care Program

Walk-in Only

Thursdays, doors open at 2:00 pm

During our Free Care Program, we offer free physician care and free social services care.  Our Free Care Program is walk-in only and our doors open at 2:00 pm to begin sign-ins. We do not have scheduled appointments. Our services are offered on a “first come first served” basis. We accept patients until we reach our capacity. It is recommended that patients arrive when the doors first open.  There is no cost to be seen during the Free Care Program.  We do not serve individuals under age 18.

During the Free Care Program, we also offer additional services when volunteers are available:

  • Diabetes screenings

  • Hypertension screenings and treatment

  • Mental Health Education

  • Laboratory services

  • Prescriptions services

  • Specialty referrals

  • Spiritual care

  • Ohio Benefit Bank Services (including Free Tax Assistance)

  • Dental Referrals

  • Patient Education

  • Chiropractic Care

*Please note - because we are "first come first served" and do not have scheduled appointments, you may have to wait for some time before being seen by a doctor.  Please plan on spending a couple of hours at our clinic during the Free Care Program.

Click on the Clinic Schedule for all of our programs!

OUR STAFF

Sogand Abbasi

Operations Manager

Sogand has joined the Helping Hands community after receiving her Bachelor of Neuroscience from The Ohio State University. In the past couple years, she has volunteered with several non-profits, and she has also worked with and specialized in care for traumatic brain injury patients. Sogand grew up in Columbus, Ohio and has always been passionate about helping underprivileged communities. She loves to work with kids and help them see their full potential by promoting a higher education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and learning new things.  Sogand is excited to be a part of the Helping Hands community.

Meg Ferrara

AmeriCorps VISTA, Communications and Fundraising Associate

Meg Ferrara joined the Helping Hands team through AmeriCorps, where she applied to be a yearlong Sharecorp Vista, to help with the Communications and fundraising.  Although she is not an Ohio native, growing up, she spent a lot of time vacationing every summer to Columbus Ohio to visit family. While Columbus, and Ohio, is not her place of birth, she is excited to serve the local community and eager to help the Clinic in every possible way.  Before relocating from New Jersey, Meg  served in the NJ Army National Guard for 6 years, served as a Law Enforcement Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY for one year, and loved volunteering for her local Christian radio station with office help and at concerts. She has a big heart and loves helping others.  In her free time, Meg can be found hanging out with her family & friends, babysitting one of her 8 nieces and nephews, at the gym, or baking goodies.

Misook Foley

Director of Nursing

Misook grew up in South Korea during the post Korean War era where she was the first member of her family to attend college, earning a B.S in Chemistry.

After moving to the United States, Misook continued her studies and became a Registered Nurse.  She has worked with cardiac and postpartum patients for the past twenty years. 

While working as a volunteer at the Helping Hands Health and Wellness center, the Director of Nursing position came open.  Misook loved working with the clinic’s clients and feels very privileged to have been given the opportunity to join the team.

She has been married 28 years, has three children and recently became an empty nester when the youngest left for college.  Her passion is to open her home and share life with her friends.

Sarah Gray

Executive Director

Sarah Gray joined the Helping Hands team after graduating with her Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University.  While she is not an Ohio native, she is eager to serve the local community and has been an active volunteer since she moved to Columbus in 2015.  Prior to her move to Ohio, Sarah worked for a non-profit organization outside of Philadelphia and her passion has always been to work in the non-profit field.  In her free time, Sarah can be found on the tennis courts or with a good book in her hands.

Carlotta Hughes-Culp

Counselor

Carlotta Hughes-Culp is a licensed professional counselor and a certified tobacco treatment specialist. She over 20 years of experience working in the social services. She has 10 years of experience as a tobacco treatment specialist receiving her certification in tobacco cessation from the Mayo Clinic Tobacco Dependence Center.

 

A 2012 graduate of the University of Dayton, Carlotta received her Masters of Science in Education and Allied Professions. She has gained experience working with mood disorders, phase of life issues, divorce adjustment, anxiety, depression and tobacco cessation.


Carlotta also holds a Masters of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Louisville. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. Carlotta is an independent contractor with a local health and wellness company and actively volunteers with several church and community activities that focus on health, wellness and mental health issues.

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OUR BOARD

Teresa Archer

Board Member

Gerald Cable

Board Member

John Cannizzaro

Board Member

Dr. Riza Tady Conroy

Board Member, Medical Director

Raymond D'Angelo

Board Member

Robert Gillette

Board Treasurer

Sarah Gray

Executive Director

Dr. Nancy Henceroth-Gatto

Board President

Father Charles Klinger

Board Member

Stewart Roberts, Esq.

Board Secretary

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Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center

5100 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43229

614-262-5094

info@helpinghandsfreeclinic.org

The Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a member of the Charitable Healthcare Network and The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

EIN: 20-5937457

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