Have you suffered through a painful toothache or emergency root canal? Or have you ever had to wait a few days to get an appointment for some relief? Now imagine you were in terrible pain so you couldn't sleep or relax, had no insurance, and were worried you couldn’t afford to see a dentist.
"Some of our clients are in pain, do not have insurance, and can't afford low-cost dental clinics. Every week, our list gets longer," explains UCM Social Services Counselor Rogelia Campos.
Every March, Rogelia coordinates appointments for UCM clients with the Northern Virginia Mission of Mercy mobile clinic, which is held over a weekend at the Medical Education campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
“Most of our clients served at Mission of Mercy had been on our waiting list for many weeks,” says Rogelia. "Once they get help, they are so grateful. I remember one gentleman who had his dentures repaired. He told me he was so relieved. He was smiling the biggest I have ever seen. I could see new confidence on his happy face."
"Another patient who works in construction told me: 'At least now I can sleep at night. For months I haven't been able to stay asleep because of the pain. I need to start my job early, so you can imagine how tired I always was. Now I feel so much better and can do my job.' "
"We anticipate 25 more people with dental emergencies will be helped next month with Dr. Geren and Dr. Mady," says Rogelia. "Thanks to these medical partners, our clients receive compassionate care, at no cost to them. It is such tremendous relief for their physical pain and their emotional stress."
We appreciate Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry for its ongoing pro bono support and its annual sponsorship of the UCM Give From The Heart Gala!
(Mar. 2017 E-news)