The Organization of Social Protection and Solidarity of the Municipality of Vrilissia has as its mission to support the local community and the vulnerable groups of the Municipality. The Organization aims for all residents of the Municipality to feel socially and economically included and as such, provides a plethora of social services and programs. Some of the social services/programs provided are: a Memory Clinic for elders (operating in collaboration with Nestor Psychogeriatric Association), two Open Protection Centers for the Elderly, a Care at Home program, a center for creative activities of people with disabilities, a Social Store, and a Social Clinic and Pharmacy.
The Social Store offers food and hygiene supplies to 183 Vrilissia families in need. These supplies come from donations in-kind from individuals and companies as well as through a Prefecture program. The Social Clinic and Pharmacy is the newest program of the Organization. This social structure begun operating in 2016 and it offers free primary healthcare services and medication to residents in need. 25 volunteer doctors from many specialties offer their time in order to staff the Clinic and make available a wide variety of services to patients, from diagnosis to follow-up. The estimated number of beneficiaries for the first year is 4,000 Vrilissia residents.
The grant regards the provision of medical equipment for the Cardiology Department of the Social Clinic and refrigeration equipment for the Social Store. The cardiology equipment consists of ultrasound and electrocardiograph machines, and the provision of this equipment will allow the Cardiology Department-Clinic to operate in full capacity. Uninsured residents will receive the related medical care, 70% of which are over the age of 65. The Cardiology Department-Clinic’s estimated number of beneficiaries for the first year is 3,000 residents of Vrilissia. Concerning the Social Store, covering the need for refrigeration equipment will allow the Organization to increase the in-kind donations it receives and thus better serve its beneficiaries, 40% of which are elders. The direct beneficiaries are the indigent residents in need of food supplies that number 183 beneficiary families – 432 people of which 40% are elders.