What is the Loaves & Fishes Foot Clinic?
“The foot clinic is an event that happens once a month at Loaves & Fishes. Volunteers and I set up stations in the park where we do basic foot washing, clip toenails, and scrub dry skin from people’s feet. When the cleaning is done, we apply lotion and provide a new pair of socks.
I do the foot clinic because I think it is a nice gesture to do for people. Some may not think that it is a necessity, but a lot of the guests that we see are on their feet every day, walking miles a day, and their feet are not cared for. It is not a service that is provided in many places, and it is kind of a forgotten need for people. It’s a nice thing to do; people really appreciate it.
One other thing that’s nice about it, something I think about, is that a lot of our guests are very lonely. Some do not get a lot of positive touch, so for a lot of our guests having their feet washed is possibly the only physical touch they’re going to get all day or month, and I think that this small gesture makes a difference.”
-Annie Church, Community Service Director at Loaves & Fishes
8 thoughts on ““It’s a nice thing to do.””
This is absolutely amazing!!
When the rainy season starts, I am saddened to see "mushy feet." I ask the guest and the story is there feet were wet all day. Extra socks, powder, anti fungal creme and TLC and they are on their way. I agree with Annie about the need for touch and a friendly conversation
Do you need more volunteers? What are the dates and times?
How awesome! I would love to be a part of this. I have learned however that my work schedule does not allow me to do anything with Loaves and Fishes during the week. I would like to do anything I can during the weekends. I am here for you.
By the way, the feet in the photo are beautiful in so many ways.
Loaves and Fishes is a true blessing.
God bless you! I have seen feet so bad that there are neurotic areas…black and deadened. This is certainly needed.
Necrotic, not neurotic. Lol
My reaction exactly…Thanks for posting as I wanted to do.
I’m so touched & delighted to know of this available service for the homeless who walk the city streets. What a blessing to those who receive this care and bless those who give this service.