Foot problems often plague Atlanta’s homeless population due to lack of proper care, exposure to the elements and excessive walking. In an effort to address these foot related needs, the podiatrists and staff of Village Podiatry Centers recently donated their support to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Woman and Children (ADSWC) which serves more than 5,500 clients annually.
Village Podiatry’s second annual “Put a Sock in Homelessness” campaign began in October. The campaign is a month long drive for donations in the practice’s 26 Georgia offices. The 2011 drive resulted in 205 new pairs of shoes, 461 pairs of socks and $1,255.00 in donations given by patients and staff.
On Saturday, November 5, Village Podiatry organized a free foot screening at the day shelter where podiatrists, Dr. Andrea Cass, Dr. Allen Lazerson, and Dr. La’Genia Mitchell-Smith, evaluated the feet of 60 women and their children. Shelter clients were screened for current foot problems and educated on proper foot hygiene. More than 25 Village Podiatry staff distributed new socks and assisted the clients with shoe selections. The monetary donations were presented to the ADSWC Executive Director of Development, Ginny Nickles, to be used for client services during the upcoming holiday season.
“It was truly our privilege to again support the work of the day shelter which does so much to meet the needs of Atlanta’s homeless women and their children throughout the year,” said Dr. La’Genia Mitchell-Smith. “We hope that our efforts brought comfort to the shelter clients and that we will inspire others to also donate to the work of ADSWC.”
To schedule an office appointment, call (478) 475-9250. A map and driving directions can be found online at Village Podiatry Macon Office.