Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics PO Box 117 Ashland, VA  23005 804-798-8890 info@hanoverfreeclinics.com
About Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics
In July 2006, Thomas Hubbard, M.D., D.D.S. and Lee Chambers, former Board President, invited a group of volunteers to start the St. James the Less Free Clinic.  The mission was to offer a faith-based healing ministry to Hanover County residents.  Money donated to this clinic would be dedicated exclusively for patient care and necessary supplies.  In August 2006, the Saint James the Less Free Clinic became incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Soon thereafter, it became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Taxation, recognized it as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Dedicated and hard-working volunteers modified the lower level of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church, and obtained and installed donated medical and dental equipment. With rent waived by the church, grants given by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and donations from the community, St. James the Less Free Clinic opened to patients on October 25, 2006. Each week the waiting room crowd, the waiting lists and the need for additional services, grew.  In response to this growth, four other churches in Hanover County joined the mission, establishing facilities and opening their doors to provide eye, mental health, and additional dental and medical care.  In late 2007, an eye care clinic opened at Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland.  In March 2009, a mental health clinic opened at Ashland Christian-Disciples of Christ Church in Ashland, only to cease this service and began providing podiatric care beginning in 2010.  In October 2009, a second dental clinic opened at Mechanicsville Christian Center.  Another medical clinic opened in January 2010, at the Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. The corporate name changed from St. James the Less Free Clinic to “Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics,” in an effort to show recognition and respect to the multiple churches joining in this countywide effort. Thus, the “Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics” was born. Serving under the same name, "Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics," share a common goal and mission.  The clinics are located at multiple churches in multiple locations so that no donated money goes toward rent or mortgage payments.    The clinics serve as places of volunteer missions and provide a unique outreach for many community groups and individuals to contribute toward the well-being of others.  Volunteers range in age from fourteen to ("won't tell"), beyond eighty years of age.  Founded and perpetuated by a spirit of volunteerism and community, the clinic are comprised of dedicated volunteers, all of whom, administrators, clerks, and health care providers, donate their time.  No one is compensated for service.    Depending on volunteers, community resources and donations, the clinics have been able to extend medical services to include women's wellness, and pain management clinics, group diabetes counseling, and nutrition and health care education.  With dedicated dental resources, we are able to restore missing teeth by making dentures for patients, many of whom have been without teeth for a long time.  Our denture patients "graduate" with a renewed smile and confidence toward restoration of many other aspects of their lives.    The clinics have been rewarding for all who have given and for all who have received.
Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics PO Box 117 Ashland, VA  23005 804-798-8890 info@hanoverfreeclinics.com
About Us The Saint James the Less Free Clinic was established by parishioners of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, Virginia. It was the dream of Thomas Hubbard, M.D., D.D.S. to have a free clinic in Hanover County, similar to a clinic he had helped establish a few years before in King William County. Through brainstorming, planning and building, Dr. Hubbard, the parishioners, and other interested persons garnered support for the dream. The vision was to use donated space, equipment, and resources to provide a clinic, free of charge, one evening a week.In August 2006 the Saint James the Less Free Clinic became incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Soon thereafter, it became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, and it was recognized as tax exempt by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Taxation. Dedicated and hard-working volunteers modified the lower level of Saint James the Less Episcopal Church and obtained and installed donated medical and dental equipment. With rent waived by the church, grants given by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and donations from the communitiy, St. James the Less Free Clinic opened to patients on October 25, 2006. Since then, additional clinic sites have been established. In late 2007, an eye care clinic opened at Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland. In March 2009 a mental health clinic opened at Ashland Christian- Disciples of Christ Church in Ashland, and in October 2009 a second dental clinic opened at Mechanicsville Christian Center. A medical clinic opened in January 2010, at the Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. In mid 2010, the Ashland Christian-Disciples of Christ Free Clinic ceased offering mental health care, and began podiatric care. Volunteer mental health therapists were no longer available, and the need for podiatric care had increased. In February 2012, an eye care clinic opened in the office of Brian Townsen, O.D., in Mechanicsville. In the first three years, the clinics offered free health and dental care to nearly 1,000 low-income uninsured Hanover County residents. In addition many were referred to specialists who offered their expertise, free of charge. Many received free dentures, eye glasses, and medications. The volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, hygienists, and students, as well as the huge number of administrative and general volunteers, generously gave their time and expertise. Growth led to the establishment of ever increasing numbers of partnerships with churches and service providers, thus broadening the quality, quantity, and locations of patient services. The corporate name change from St. James the Less Free Clinic to Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, was made official to show recognition and respect to the multiple churches joining together in this county- wide effort.