Joel Gregor

Joel Gregor

Lending a Helping Hand

Joel Gregor and his students are reaching out to the community 

George Fox professors and students are known for traveling around the globe to serve those in need, but they also take full advantage of the many opportunities to lend a helping hand right in their own backyard.

A perfect example is the George Fox Behavioral Health Clinic, which provides a variety of counseling services to low-income individuals and families on a sliding scale. The clinic also welcomes those who are severely impoverished or homeless at no charge with a voucher from Love INC.

"We have folks who come in who really wouldn't be able to get services anywhere else," explains GFBHC director Joel Gregor, who coaches and encourages a team of five doctor of psychology students as they treat patients. "It's one more way that we're reaching out and helping the community."

The clinic is funded by grants from Providence Health & Services, the Swindells Charitable Trust and the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, in addition to ongoing support from the university, all of which combine to total hundreds of thousands of dollars. But according to Gregor, it's worth every penny, not only to provide help to people who need it, but to share God's love in a very real way.

"Even if we don't talk overtly about God, I think we're still channeling the Holy Spirit as we're working with these people, and I think we're shining a little bit of God's light into their life," says Gregor. "If we can be a loving, supportive presence that they can associate with God, then I think that only serves to further his kingdom."