Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia (CLCP) is a legal ministry that operates “neighborhood clinics” bi-monthly throughout Philadelphia. For ten years now, lawyers (mostly Christian) have committed time each month to offering free, hour-long consultations to people in need of assistance, but who cannot afford standard legal fees. CLCP operates their clinics through partner organizations, who both offer space for the clinic to run and promote the clinic within their neighborhood. The model has worked for these several years, and now, God has prepared the setting for CLCP to strengthen and expand its efforts.
In North Philly, CLCP partners with the Ayuda Community Center, a faith-based organization started by members of our church in Hunting Park. Every other Tuesday, three to four attorneys gather in the Ayuda clinic, and each one meets individually with two to three clients. The attorneys’ aim is to offer expert advice on the client’s legal issues, and also to extend compassion through a listening ear and prayer. In some cases, the attorneys may even be able to take on a client’s case pro bono. In these poignant situations, the Gospel enters as a way to console and encourage oft-distressed clients, and each attorney’s ultimate aim is to minister to everyone who walks in the clinic’s doors.
Now, because of God putting the right people and processes in place, and one particularly generous donor, CLCP has hired their first ever employees, established a head office, and is prayerfully looking to expand their services to other neighborhoods in the city.
TED is their first full-time hire! And we’re so blessed by that J Read more about what Ted will be doing here.