The Working Centre is collaborating with a group of dental professionals to establish a Community Dental Health Clinic that will improve access to preventive dental services and dental health care for people who are homeless/at risk of homelessness.
We seek to provide free patient directed care and access to a full range of preventive, diagnostic and restorative services for those who are typically unable to access dental services except in emergencies.
This is a fully volunteer dental clinic – no fees will be charged and no billings issued. We will also be adding services for refugees over the next few months.
The clinic now employs a Coordinator who is familiar with the population and a Host who is familiar with dental practices and systems. We will operate within a Circle of Care model of support.
Renovations and set-up of the clinic will be completed in the next few weeks. Our community dental clinic is located at 83 Victoria Street North in Kitchener, within a hub of practical supports for those who are homeless/at risk of homelessness. The clinic includes two operatories, and we have been able to set up much of our equipment thanks to a number of generous donations.
Click on the following links for lists of equipment and supplies that we are still hoping to have donated, (or we will purchase) in the next month.
Are you able to donate any of these items? Items of a larger value can receive an in-kind tax receipt if we are able to identify a third party evaluator to determine the fair market value. Check with your accountant as well – often a donated item that is expensed as a cost has a more direct impact for small businesses.
Dentists/Dental Assistants/Dental Hygienists:
Are you interested in becoming involved in the clinic as a volunteer? We will be providing orientation to the clinic, the Dentrix software (all charts will be electronic), and to the context of working with people who are homeless/at risk of homelessness. We will keep on file a copy of the license and proof of practice insurance for each professional. We understand there are lots of issues to discuss with potential volunteers – we host the clinic, but you would conduct yourself within the expectations of your professional license. An alternative could include taking a few non-paying referrals in your own office – we will be setting up a way to connect patients to specialists and other dentists for more complex situations.
Cash donations are needed to help cover the some of the set-up and operating costs for the clinic. We are a charitable organization and can provide tax receipts for donations.
We look forward to hearing from you. Your involvement will help to make this practical and innovative community project possible. For more information contact us at The Working Centre (519) 743-1151 x110, Stephanie@theworkingcentre.org
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