•28 patients•4 root canals•29 fillings•61 extracts•Numerous deep cleanings, x-rays•15 Dentures•$45,000 of billable dental services•$150,000 at 4 most recent local dental outreaches
This total does not include donated labor of volunteers or...the priceless value of the love and compassion residents felt from the dentists, hygienists, assistants and drivers!
THANK YOU to all volunteers for transforming our neighbor’s lives; for giving them back their smiles so they can get that job, enjoy holiday foods again and regain their health.
And a HUGE thank you to YOU. None of these neighbors would be receiving their smiles without your generous donations!
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Comments from previous dental day volunteers:
Steve Burke, one of the drivers taking residents to and from TC4 and the dental office, said that everyone he talked to was very anxious about going to a dentist and would have run had they not needed to see a dentist so badly. But on the ride back to Tent City all said, "Those were the nicest most generous dental people that I have ever seen."
An other ISP volunteer said she was shocked and saddened that in our own backyard, there were so many people whose teeth were in really bad shape. One resident had to have 14 teeth pulled - half of the teeth in his mouth! She said, “We are used to seeing that in remote, impoverished areas of developing countries, but never fathomed that we would find that here east of Seattle.”
Tent City 4 is a homeless encampment of up to 100 people operated by the homeless residents and sponsored by 501(c)(3) organizations Seattle Housing and Resources Effort (SHARE) and Women’s Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL).
The camp was created in May 2004 and limits itself to places of worship in eastern King County outside of Seattle. Minors are not allowed in Tent City 4, although there is a provision for emergency situations. Residents may use their own tents or community tents that are segregated by gender. Dumpsters, portable toilets, and a shower, paid for by SHARE, are provided to address sanitation concerns. In order to control access to the encampment, there is only one entry/exit to the camp that is guarded at all times. See http://tentcity4.info/about/ for more information. *
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