Mission Statement of Philoptochos:

  • To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widow, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of the impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who my need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
  • To promote the charitable, benevolent and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
  • To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
  • To promote the participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

Philoptochos Conference 2015

Christina Meletis was honored for her nomination by the St. Demetrios chapter for the Philoptochos AGAPE award in recognition of her tireless work for the  Philoptochos and parish throughout the year.  AGAPE stands for All Generations Accomplishing Philanthropic Endeavors. Metropolis of San Francisco  Philoptochos Board President Jeannie Ranglas presented the award assisted by St. Demetrios Chapter President Susan Reichmann, Congratulations, Christina!

Two members of the hard-working committee which put on the NW Regional Philoptochos Conference and especially provided outstanding breakfast and lunch meals for the attendees were Lena LaMarche (L) and Des Read.
Fr. Photios led everyone present in thanking and honoring St. Demetrios Philoptochos President Susan Reichmann for chairing and organizing the NW Regional Conference.   
Over 100 ladies from Philoptochos chapters in the Pacific Northwest attended the Regional Conference at St. Demetrios Saturday. Jeannie Ranglas, Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos Board President (far right) came from California with other Board members. Among the people they recognized were the NW chapter Presidents and the Presvyteras who were attending. Attendees heard details on the work of the Metropolis Philoptochos from Mrs. Ranglas as well as very informative and at times sobering presentations from representatives of ministries including Jubilee Women's Center "rebuilding lives, one extraordinary woman at a time," New Beginnings concerning domestic violence, New Horizons about getting youth to exit street life, and an especially poignant talk by an 18-year old girl who had been abused by her father who is now in jail.