Leadership 100 awarded a $100,000 matching grant to launch a new Family Wellness Center in the Metropolis of San Francisco. The Center will encompass programs to strengthen marriages and families, provide youth development services, and will work to gain a clear understanding of the needs of the clergy and laity in the Metropolis. The objective is to develop relevant programming for people of all ages and at all stages in life, incorporating Orthodox theology and teachings.
“Families, both clergy and lay, should be able to turn to their parish and to the wider Church for real guidance and real services,” said His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “Throughout its history, the Orthodox Church has offered members and anyone who seeks Her out, places for learning, prayer, and reflection and healing.”
The Center will seek to strengthen the marriages and family lives of clergy and faithful alike utilizing both the resources of the time-honored Patristic and Biblical traditions and contemporary scientific research. The aim is to create programs suitable to address the issues and concerns which are faced by today’s Orthodox Christians.
In the first two years of operation, the Center will focus on strengthening marriages, providing youth development services, and gaining a clear understanding of the faithful’s needs so as to develop relevant programming.
Long-term, the Center will develop sustainable programs addressing the most pressing needs of clergy and laity—emotionally, physically, and spiritually—and ongoing training and development programs for their facilitators and to equip the laity with the ability to confront their daily secular struggles with an Orthodox perspective.
His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos first shared his vision for the establishment of the Family Wellness Center at his enthronement in April 2005. In addition to his extensive theological studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, Metropolitan Gerasimos also received Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling and School Psychology from the prestigious Boston College.
Caption: Kristen Bruskas, Executive Director of Family Wellness Center.