Healing Through Chiropractic at City Mission
Helping City Mission to Provide the Safest Alternatives to Decrease Pain Naturally, Without Drugs or Surgery
Six years ago, Dr. Christopher Carr, Clinic Director for Pittsburgh Chiropractic and Wellness in McMurray, began volunteering at City Mission,providing chiropractic care to the residents and staff. “I’ve always wanted to work behind the scenes and be a small part of something large. I saw a need in this area, and this is my way of giving back,” he said.
Many City Mission residents suffer from chronic pain and have turned to opioids and other pain-relieving drugs in the past. For many, this led them down the path of addiction and eventual homelessness. “Chiropractic has been proven to be one of the safest alternatives to decrease pain naturally, without drugs or surgery” he explained. Dr. Carr, who was last year’s recipient of City Mission’s Volunteer of the Year Award, saw the potential for chiropractic services to not only relieve the pain of City Mission residents but potentially change their lives. “I was looking to do chiropractic mission work in other countries prior to finding a need in my area,” he said. “I feel like I’m on a mission in my own neighborhood.”
When the fire of 2015 destroyed City Mission’s medical center, Dr. Carr continued to work for two years out of a closet, because he could see the impact of his services firsthand. “A lot of people here are suffering,” he said. “But we’re helping them improve physically. We are offering a drug-free alternative to improving their health. We find that when this happens and symptoms are reduced, they have more energy and are able to function in their day-to-day life with a lesser degree of pain.”
When City Mission built the new Medical Center in 2018, Dr. Carr had an idea to expand the drug-free pain management services offered at the Mission,incorporating chiropractic along with other forms of rehabilitation to provide a drug-free pain management clinic for the residents as an alternative to pain-relieving medications.
Shortly after the new Medical Center was up and running, Dr. George Khoury of Cecil Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, joined the team as a volunteer. “My passion is to help improve lives through chiropractic,” said Dr. Khoury.
“I’m trying to introduce chiropractic as part of the solution to the opioid epidemic,” he continued. “And I was thinking it would be nice to have a clinic somewhere where we could provide this care to control pain without opioids. I was trying to start a clinic, but then I found out that Dr. Carr had already started one here at City Mission.”
Since joining the pain clinic, Dr. Khoury is seeing enormous impact on the residents he treats. “That’s what’s awesome about what we do here,” he said. “We see drastic improvements immediately. They feel better by the time they walk out the door. We can help them reduce pain immediately without drugs.”
Chiropractic services and other non-pharmacological pain treatments are becoming far more common since the opioid crisis has ruined so many lives. Several states, including West Virginia and Vermont, have instituted state regulations that require non-opioid pain treatments before opioids can legally be prescribed.
“You can’t have a chemical cure to a physical problem,” said Dr. Khoury. “Drugs just deaden the brain from feeling the pain. Chiropractic services allow you to address the physical defects that cause the pain. When you do that, the pain goes away. We can help you get rid of the pain and prevent it from coming back.”
In addition to relieving pain, chiropractic services also help to improve overall health. Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, soothe irritated spinal nerves, and improve blood circulation. They can positively effect mood,relieve insomnia, and improve self-image.
The two chiropractors provide services twice a month for City Mission residents, and together, they treat more than 50 residents and staff each month, offering free treatments to those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.
“Chiropractic is a self-healing approach,” Dr. Khoury explained. “Our goal is to give you the tools to help yourself. And that’s the overall mission of City Mission. We are an integral part of that.”
City Mission Collaborates with Centerville Clinics
“This collaboration is a dream come true,” Leah Dietrich, City Mission’s Director of Residential Programs, said of their new collaboration with Centerville Clinics. “Many of our residents come to us with complex medical issues and need help to work through them and get to the root of the issue, which requires follow-up and active care.
Boxes of Love - Thanksgiving
A 'Box of Love' is filled with all the contents of a Thanksgiving meal and will be used to feed over 250 families in the community. With your help they will be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal at home!
Your Donations to City Mission Thrift Stores
City Mission Thrift Stores are a critical mission asset, taking donations and helping our community by offering great deals on clothing and other items. But, first and foremost, proceeds from our stores keep City Mission doors open to transform lives from homelessness to independent living! Our Thrift stores offer quality items at bargain prices and by accepting your donations it helps remove clutter from our homes. “Thrift with a Purpose” is real at our thrift stores! Here are examples of how you help City Mission residents - while enjoying exceptional deals whether shopping or providing item donations.
WCCF Gives Day Thursday, September 12
Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, all gifts made to participating charities via www.wccfgives.org and all designated WCCF Gives check contributions received by 8 p.m. on that day will be increased by part of a $100,000 bonus pool. The minimum contribution is only $25, but donors are welcome to give as much and to as many participating charities as they would like. You can share in the excitement of this special event by supporting City Mission through WCCF Gives.
New Murals for Veterans Shelter
Two beautiful, new murals were installed yesterday at the Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House. Five staff members from the State Correctional Institute (SCI) of Fayette came to City Mission to install the canvasses, which had been previously painted by inmates.
Your Kids Can Be Mish Kid "Fun"raisers this Summer!
Your kids can choose one of our fundraising ideas...Lemonade Stand, Bake Sale, Car Wash or Yard Sale. Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpap can pick up a Mish Kid "Fun" raising Kit at City Mission. Call at (724)-705-7122. Please provide your email address, so we can send you a digital copy of your event flyers.
Sherry lives in the Washington community, within walking distance of City Mission, and though she has never been a resident, she comes almost daily to eat meals, attend chapel services, visit with friends, or pray with residents and staff at the Samaritan Care Center, City Mission’s community outreach.
The Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House honors Lance Corporal Ryan Kovacicek - A Hero Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
LCpl Kovacicek was deployed to Iraq in March 2005 with the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines Kilo Company. On Sunday, July 10th 2005 in Hit Iraq, LCpl Ryan Joseph Kovacicek was killed in combat. He was 22 years old when he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. He will always remain young in our hearts.
The Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House honors Dr. Michael Crabtree, Generous Donor and Friend
Last year, Dr. Crabtree’s generous donation helped make the Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House become a reality, and because of that, City Mission is now able to help homeless veterans in a way we never were before. “I’m happy to be able to give to the Mission because I know that the money is being used to do important and meaningful work. Dr. Crabtree has been a professor of psychology at Washington and Jefferson College for 44 years and a practicing psychologist in Washington County for over three decades. He and his wife, Mary Paige Pillow, have been active financial supporters of the Mission for over 25 years, and he has been a board member for the last three.
Lone Pine Ladies Golf Association Helps Local Veterans
On Saturday, January 26, the Lone Pine Ladies Golf Association hosted its fifth annual chili cook-off. All proceeds from the event were donated to City Mission in support of the Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House. In addition to funds raised at the cook-off, the members of the Ladies Golf Association also collected boxes and boxes of personal items for the veterans, including towels, socks, toothpaste, deodorant, pillowcases, and 22 sets of bed sheets for the 22-bed facility.
County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan is Committed to Helping Women with Children at City Mission
On October 25, 2018 friends and supporters of City Mission gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Women with Children's Shelter. We are excited and grateful for the newly renovated facility and the opportunity that is available for Women with Children in need to receive programs and services that will change their lives! County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan was the guest speaker at our event. Please read her moving and inspiring words as she calls us all to action to help women and children in our community.
Cornerstone Care Mobile Unit Visits City Mission
The Cornerstone Care Mobile Unit is parked at City Mission several days this week providing Dental Services to our residents. The mission of Cornerstone Care is to improve the health of its patients and of the residents of the community with special concern for the medically under-served and low-income populations.
City Mission Honors Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate Diana Irey Vaughan for Fundraising Achievements
On April 23rd at 12:30pm, City Mission of Washington, PA honored Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate and County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan with a plaque for her fundraising efforts for their new 22-bed shelter for homeless veterans, the Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House, to open July 3, 2018. City Mission President/CEO Dean Gartland presented Vaughan with an engraved crystal memento inscribed “Disney Goofy Challenge Run for City Mission.”
Time to Believe
In 1993 a friend invited Tom Kwiatkowski to go to Billy Graham’s last crusade in Pittsburgh. When Reverend Graham gave the invitation to come to the altar, Tom got out of his seat and went forward. That night he prayed the sinner’s prayer with thousands of other people. On the ride home from the crusade his friend asked how he felt, and his response was that he was tired. Two days later Tom picked up the Bible to read and opened to the gospel of John and the story of Doubting Thomas. His eyes fell on the words of Jesus, “Don’t go on unbelieving but believe.” When Tom read thos