Hands for Peace is now Columbia Resilience Integrated Health

The Hands for Peace Clinic is now Columbia Resilience Integrated Health.

The Hands for Peace clinic grew out of a ministry begun about 7 years ago, to provide free bodywork therapies to survivors of trauma (physical, emotional, psychological and/or spiritual.)  Over the years, that ministry became a collective of licensed healthcare providers with a vision of informing and educating the public about trauma, and providing low cost services or "pay as you can".  In 2012 we created a policy that participants who could not pay would commit to volunteer work in exchange, or 'Pay it Forward".  Participants were quick to embrace that concept and became volunteers at non-profits of their choice.  This created a sense of community building, and our motto, "community heals."

In January 2015, a conversation with Anne Burke, one of the founding directors of Columbia Resilience (a 501c3) led to their becoming a sponsor for us.  Under their umbrella we've expanded out services and changed our name to the Columbia Resilience Integrated Health.

In June 2015 we were awarded a Richland County Discretionary Grant to provide a series of ongoing classes and workshops teaching women self-care techniques for healing from trauma. Additionally, we received contributions through the Midlands Gives Campaign to support the Women’s Trauma Clinic.

All services are provided at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, through their Outreach Ministry. Beginning January 25, 2016, the Hands for Peace Women’s Trauma Clinic will begin accepting referrals from nonprofit agencies such as the Sexual Trauma Center of the Midlands. All participants must be referred through a licensed therapist for this clinic.

Effective September 2016, we are now adding a community healing clinic which is open to the general public on the fourth Monday of each month. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Our goal is to create "mobile clinics" that will be set up at various venues, ultimately training local providers to run their own clinics.

Another significant component of this project is the First Time Bank of Columbia, a project also sponsored by Columbia Resilience.  Anyone who joins the Time Bank can use volunteer hours at the clinic in exchange for other services through the Time Bank.  For more information and to register, visit

Healthcare professionals, certified energy workers, and laypeople who can commit to volunteering on Mondays and those who would more information are encouraged to contact Pam, chimassage@bellsouth.net.