By Gregg Bragg, The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer
The Wellness Center turned 10 years old last December. Despite its maturity, the philanthropy is the youngest chapter of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, an organization started by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy in 1989. The center’s team didn’t want to say anything until after the holidays, but have scheduled a birthday “bash” for Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at its 1684 Brownswood Rd. Johns Island location, and everyone’s invited.
The party will feature cake and ice cream of course, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a program highlighting updated statistics on the Wellness Center’s contributions to underserved residents of Johns, James, and Wadmalaw Islands.
Centering on dental services, obstetrics, and gynecology, they presided over the birth of 18 babies, and 36 volunteer dentists contributed $1.4 million in dental services to 4,353 patients in 2018 alone.
“We feel very privileged and honored to be able to provide ongoing health and wellness services to the Sea Island community for over… 10 years in our Wellness Center, which is a testament to the dedication of the community to create a space for those in need,” said Executive Director Ericka Plater. Anything the Wellness Center can’t provide, is referred to their umbrella organization.
The broader OLMCOS organization provides community members in need with access to food, clothing and financial assistance to meet emergency needs, hot lunches 5 days a week, afterschool and summer camp programs, money management, GED, and ESL classes. Social workers endeavor to find the root cause of the problems faced by individual residents, establish a set of goals, and develop an action plan that leads to self-sufficiency.
The Wellness Center/OLMCOS leverages the expertise of 360 volunteers to deliver solutions to over 6,000 Lowcountry residents on an annual basis. Their funding comes from a combination of individual donors and corporate sponsors. There’s no denying the success of the program, and the reason for celebrating is clear.
Those same volunteers, donors, and sponsors will get the lion’s share of attention during the “bash” on the 24th. However, the reason “everyone’s invited” to the party; it will also serve as an introduction to one of the most productive charities in the Lowcountry, as well as the people who dedicated to it. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities with an organization that has an established track record of making a difference, and want to have a good time in the process, this may be the event for you.
Time is short by the time you’re reading this, and an RSVP is required. If you’re interested in attending, registering is as easy putting in a call to Kristin Raymond. Her phone number is 843.559.4109 extension 112. You can also register for the event by emailing kristin.raymond@ olmoutreach.org.
Join friends and neighbors at the first big event of the New Year.