SHARE A SMILE INC

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 777 N 500 W 201 Provo UT 84601 USA

Mission: Providing medical and dental care to the homeless and lowest income people in our community
Results: In 2009 we completed a new facility and greatly increased the number of health care providers volunteering their time. We now have over 60 volunteer doctors and nurses. Each year we provide about $500,000 in free care to the poor. In 2008 we provided over a million dollars in free care. More than half of that was provided to the poor in Morocco where we provided dental care, cataract surgery, and general medical care. In 2010 we worked in the Navajo nation providing medical, dental and vision care to over 170 children.
Target demographics: Low income and homeless in need of medical and dental care
Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds to thousands each year.
Programs: Patient education, treatment of the poor and homeless, outreach to various locations worldwide. We have recently provided care in Mexico, Bolivia, Haiti, Russia, China, Belarus, Morocco and the Navajo nation

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have loved being involved with the Share a Smile Foundation. Its amazing to see all the little miracles that have happened over the years. I love watching people's lives change and see how feeling cared about and loved can really effect people, whether here in our own community or in third world countries around the world.
I love the people we work with. The volunteers are all awesome and the staff at the Food and Care are amazing. Its a pleasure to work with all of them. I have really grown to love the clients and see the homeless as friends and not just a social problem
No matter how much I give I realize that I receive more than I could ever give. Its really changed my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering and working as a member of the Board of Directors

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise funds for a digital pano x-ray machine

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Rating: 5 stars  

Share a smile is an amazing organization dedicated to helping the most impoverished people in our community. The work in partnership with the Food and Care Coalition in Provo Utah. They have a beautiful clinic housed inside the Food and Care facility where dental and medical care is provided to the homeless and poor of the community. All of the services are provided free of charge and the clients pay back the system by providing four hours of community service for each dental visit that they receive. There are over 60 dentists, nurses and physicians now that come and volunteer time at the clinic. All doctors and dentists volunteer their time. Most of the supplies are donated by local businesses and foundations keeping overhead very low. I have personally seen lives changed as people are treated. One person recently had a heart attack while eating dinner at the facility. One of our doctors was able to tend to her and help her arrange home health care to come in and continue her care. She has a 9 year old son who would now be an orphan if it hadn't been for the intervention of one of our physicians.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I helped rebuild the smile of a woman who had been sexually abused as a child and eventually ended up as a drug addict and married to another abuser. Nearly all of her teeth were destroyed. She worked to become free of drug abuse and yet each time she looked in the mirror the face of a drug addict looked back at her because of the damage to her teeth. We rebuilt her smile allowing her to get a better job and move on with her life. She was recently the keynote speaker at a college conference on abuse.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recrute more heath care professionals so that more people could receive help. Help them finance a panoramic x-ray unit. This would be invaluable since so many of the cases are complex enough that this would greatly facilitate the treatment planning.

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