A new dental clinic will provide vital services to low-income families.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at the new Frances Nelson Dental Center marked another major step forward in the continuing effort to help those in need.
The opening of the clinic, which is located at 819 Bloomington Road, C, was the culmination of the efforts of many different people and donors, and they all deserve congratulations.
This clinic will be a real difference-maker for low-income children and adults who need basic dental care, everything from basic exams to cleanings and fillings. Project supporters estimate that the clinic will serve more than 2,000 children and adults every year.
The clinic has a relatively small staff — including one dentist and two hygienists — but it will be backed up by boatload of volunteers. The demand is great. There was a waiting list of more than 1,000 patients before the clinic opened.
Boiled down to its essence, this project is about people helping people for no reason other than they thought it was the right thing to do. It's not like this everywhere. So as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, this clinic provides one more reason to be grateful for living in a community with such a generous spirit.