Philoptochos means “friend of the poor.” It is the official charitable arm of the Greek Orthodox Church and the second largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the Western Hemisphere.

Mission Statement

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 may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts;

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.

About Anthousa

Anthousa of Antioch was the mother of St. John Chrysostom. She was widowed at an early age and devoted herself to the service of Christ and the Church. Her love for Christ led her to become one of the first ladies of Antioch to organize the early Christian philanthropies.

Philoptochos Ministries

With over 75 years of philanthropy, it is important to note some of our Chapter’s ministries:

On the National level

  1. Holy Cross Seminary/Hellenic College

  2. International Orthodox Christian Charities

  3. St. Basil’s Academy


  5. Global disasters and humanitarian efforts

On the Metropolis level

  1. Kids ‘n’ Cancer Camp Agape

  2. Bishop Anthony Student Aid Endowment Fund

  3. Women’s Health & Wellness

  4. Emergency Relief Fund


  1. Armed Services YMCA

  2. St. Innocent Orphanage/Project Mexico

  3. San Diego Youth Services

  4. San Diego Rescue Mission

  5. Home bound and hospital visitations

  6. Emergency needs within our community

Board of Directors

President: Marian Dougenis

1st Vice President: Irene Veca

2nd Vice President: Sofia Samouris

Treasurer: Jenny Capetanakis

Asst. Treasurer: Harriet Kounaves

Recording Secretary: Maria Stokes

Corresponding Secretary: Stella Pappas

Advisor: Christine Tradas

Melanie Anastopulos

Gina Balourdas

Francesca Captain

Niki Dougenis

Christina Marantos

Vicky Mellos

Kelly Samouris

Sasha Savvides

Christina Vassos

Tanya Veca

Marilyn Yeatts

Greek Orthodox
Ladies Philoptochos Society

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