St. Nektarios Church
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta
5108 Kuykendall Rd. Charlotte, NC 28270

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2020 Chapter Challenge

Our Philoptochos Chapter has been chosen to represent the Metropolis of Atlanta for the 2020 Chapter Challenge

What is a Chapter Challenge?

Nine chapters are selected in consultation with the Metropolis Presidents, one from each Metropolis, at each National Convention. They are given $100 seed money each and the challenge is to select a project that reflects the work of Philoptochos. Chapters develop, design, and implement a project of their own creation and choice. Some suggestions are literacy, the disabled, food bank, shelter for women and/or children developmentally challenged children, and Alzheimer’s. Projects are monitored and the chapters report and share their experience at the subsequent Convention. The first group of chapters presented at the 2006 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention.

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Our Chapter Challenge Goal

Provide needed improvements to the Waiting Area of Shelter Health Services so that the women and children who are served are welcomed into a warm, caring and compassionate environment. Our main projects are to install secure storage compartments, refurbish the waiting area and update the small restroom.

Our deadline to complete this project is May 2020.


Shelter Health Services is a free health clinic providing healthcare and health information to uninsured, medically indigent, homeless women and children living in poverty and staying in the Salvation Army Center of Hope, the region's largest shelter for homeless women and children.

Shelter Health Services' mission is to remove health issues as barriers to self-sufficiency and upward mobility for homeless women, and as impediments to development and readiness to learn for homeless children, by providing free healthcare and health information that is easily accessible.


Refurbish the Waiting Room

Due to the over-capacity situation facing the Salvation Army Center of Hope, the Waiting Room of Shelter Health Services also serves as a resource room for women and children to have an area to take shelter from the elements after they must leave the cafeteria in the morning. This worn-down room contains a few chairs for people to sit in and is filled with bags of belongings. It lacks the welcoming environment to help instill hope and caring.

Goal: Improve the Waiting Room by replacing the ceiling tiles and flooring, installing desk cubbies equipped with charging outlets for cellphones, replace furniture, repaint walls and create a children's area with reading materials.

Update Restroom

Attached to the Shelter Health Services Waiting Room is a single restroom. While functional, it is not equipped to serve mothers with babies and young children.

Goal: Install a baby changing table, electric hand dryer and grab bars.

To learn more or volunteer your time, contact 

Charlotte Nickolopoulos, or Bessie Vrettos,

St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church | 5108 Kuykendall Rd. | Charlotte, NC 28270
tel: 704-708-4669 | fax: 704-846-6094 |