An essay by Dr. Niamtu
“Savor Every Kiss: What Father’s Day Means at Our House”
Joe Niamtu, III
Richmond Times Dispatch 6-20-10
Dr. Niamtu and his wife April have 2 young children with cerebral palsy. Richmond ARC Infant Intervention has done much to assist his children and hundreds of other disabled children in the Greater Richmond Area. Dr. and Mrs. Niamtu have been very active in fund raising and support of this organization and were the official spokespersons for this group in 2006.
Learn more about Richmond ARC and see Dr. Niamtu’s spokesperson video.
“With Greater Richmond ARC, the Difference Is Family” (pdf) article in the March/April 2007 issue of M.D. NEWS magazine.
Dr. Niamtu and his wife April discuss children with disabilities on Kat Simon’s radio show on Lite 98. (click to enlarge).
2015 Ladybug Gala sponsors
Perennial Charity Host Bill Bevins
Dr. Niamtu and his wife April continue to be major supporters of the Greater Richmond ARC and were among the event sponsors for the 2012 Annual Ladybug Wine Tasting event to benefit infant intervention. They have been major sponsors of this event many times.
Dr. Niamtu and his wife are spokesperson for Greater Richmond ARC. Click on the video below to see a moving television commercial for ARC featuring Dr. Niamtu experience of having special needs children and how ARC assisted them.
Having 2 sons with severe disabilities Dr. Joe and April were honored to chair the 2016 Easter Seals “Eggstravaganza” Gala.
Dr. Niamtu and his practice is proud to support Connor’s Heroes, a group to support children with cancer and other serious diseases. Dr. Niamtu is shown with Nathan Orban a courageous young man who has battled leukemia. Dr. Niamtu and his wife placed the winning bid on Nathans artwork
For more information visit www.connorsheroes.org
In addition to donating surgical care to needy patients, Dr. Niamtu is also active in various philanthropic organizations that assist children and adults who are less fortunate.
In 2005 Dr. Niamtu served as the Chairperson for the Richmond branch of Operation Smile which is a world famous group that provides free medical care for third world children with facial deformities. In the picture above, he is shown with last year’s co-chair Dr. Baxter Perkinson and honorary guest former Virginia First Lady Susan Allen.
Drs. Niamtu and Perkinson had the honor to again chair the Operation Smile Gala and with the awesome efforts of Gilly Roberts serving as the sponsor chairman over $180,000 was raised.
In 2002, Noah’s Children was incorporated into IVNA (Instructive Visiting Nurse Association). Both organizations are dedicated and passionate about providing home health care for area residents, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Noah’s, now known as The Pediatric Program of IVNA, has expanded beyond providing just pediatric hospice, palliative care, and bereavement and support groups to include in-home parenting skills instruction for adolescent mothers and their children and care for HIV infected- and -affected mothers and their children.
Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter
Dr. Niamtu serves as a community spokesperson for Safe Harbor Battered Women’s Shelter. The mission of this organization is to provide shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence throughout our community as we work to break the cycle of abuse. Dr. Niamtu will treat facial injuries or cosmetic facial problems for shelter residents free of charge.
In April 2000, Safe Harbor opened to help solve a region-wide shortage of confidential shelters for abused women and children. Only three other confidential shelters exist – the Y.W.C.A.’s facilities in Chesterfield and the city of Richmond, and Hanover Safe Place, which can serve a maximum of 44 people. Safe Harbor can house an additional 8 women and children in their residential setting. They serve victims throughout the region, but are especially important to Henrico County where no other shelters exist.
At Safe Harbor, women and their children receive shelter and counseling, participate in support groups, and find help with legal, medical, emotional and work needs. Safe Harbor offers them the knowledge of a healthy and violence-free lifestyle, while equipping them with a plan for safety, a list of resources for permanent housing as well as other life necessities. In order to break the cycle of abuse, Safe Harbor goes beyond treating just the physical injuries. They also address the needs of depression, anxiety, and other emotional wounds. Families spend about a month with them and continue to receive support after they leave. They assist victims in the community as well through their Volunteer Court Advocacy program, community support groups, individual counseling and educational presentations.
Dr. Niamtu is shown as a celebrity bartender in 2011 at Mosiacs Restaurant where tips and proceeds were graciously donated to Safe Harbor for domestic violence services.