Approximately 100 people attend the Health Fair on the third Monday of each month in Father Tryfon Hall at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. It’s a one-stop shop for those in need and runs in conjunction with the church’s Monday soup kitchen.
Tarpon Springs-based Health Care Ministries, an organization headed up by registered nurse Susan Traylor, has been holding the health fair in the church hall for the last five months. The ministry provides a conduit between the uninsured, the needy, the addicted and the homeless, and area health and social services.
“We operate on donations of time, talent and treasure,” Traylor said. “We started two years ago with a card table and blood pressure cuff in a hot hallway in the old food distribution center of the Shepherd Center,” she said. The Shepherd Center of Tarpon Springs provides food for this and other soup kitchens in the area.
At the health fair, long tables were stacked with donations of clothes and shoes. A playpen, baby swing, small pieces of furniture, and some cell phones would be given away that day. Cases of water were available for the taking too. “There isn’t a drinking fountain in this town,” Traylor said.
Medical professionals performed blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Nurses helped people complete medical information for their own personal Vial of Life — a small container to be kept on hand so it can be accessed by medical personnel.
“Each month we add some new agency or vendor that helps people,” Traylor said. Free haircuts are often offered as well.
Free health fair and soup kitchen
Where: Father Tryfon Hall, 36 N Pinellas Ave., next to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs.
When: Health fairs are held the third Monday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon. Soup kitchens are held each Monday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Info: Contact Health Care Ministries at (727) 251-8217. Contact the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at (727) 937-3540.