The Greek Orthodox Christian Church which developed the Challenge Liturgy Program also laid the groundwork for the opening of the Hellenos House, an Orthodox Group Home for persons with developmental disabilities in the U.S.- in Wantagh, NY (Long Island).
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Thanks to the generosity of the Philoptochos chapters of the Direct Archdiocesan District (DAD), the residents of Hellenos House again attended a week-long summer camp, conducted by the social agency, Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS), at St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, NY.
The DAD chapters, along with our parish, actively support Hellenos House throughout the year and frequently visit with the residents. This is in keeping with a promise made to the New York State agency, Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), that the Greek-American community would partner with them to support such a project.