Metropolis of Detroit Philoptochos Society is the separately incorporated Philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Over 70 years ago then His Eminence Archbishop Athenagoras had a vision of the role women could play in the life of the Orthodox Church. He founded the Ladies Philoptochos Society in 1931. Today, Philoptochos chapters are located in every Greek Orthodox parish in the United States with 427 chapters and over 25,000 members.
To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick ,the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of 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, philanthropic and educational purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the parish priest and parish council; To preserve the perpetuate the Orthodox Christian concept of marriage and family, and through it, to promote the Greek Orthodox faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs.