Delta Dental Clinic serves the homeless

The Delta Dental Clinic at Volunteers of America in Lansing is open for business, providing high-quality dental care to those who are homeless or lack access to care.

This unique four-chair dental clinic, a first for mid-Michigan, is located in the VOA shelter and homeless service center next to the Sparrow medical clinic, providing dental and medical care under one roof.

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) provided more than $322,000 in 2014 to build and equip the clinic, two crews of Delta Dental employee volunteers painted the clinic walls, and on Valentine’s Day 2017, the clinic opened.

Studies indicate that 41 percent of homeless people experience dental pain. The clinic, located at the region’s largest homeless service center, will serve 2,000 patients a year.

“Until now, we have failed to deliver on the need for dental care for homeless people,” said Patrick Patterson, executive vice president of Volunteers of America Michigan. “Many suffer with the misery of daily pain, lost teeth, poor nutrition and whole body disease that arises from poor oral health. This is going to change that.”

The Delta Dental Clinic is the latest innovation to join the array of services at the VOA, where more than a dozen programs combine to address urgent needs and work on long-term recovery and independence.

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