Before and After!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when we are talking about changing lives, I think these pictures are worth a lot more! If you have been following our blog over the last few months, you know we have put a lot of emphasis on our denture program! The state of Kentucky is ranked second in the nation for residents missing all their teeth. At the Refuge Clinic, we have a waiting list with well over 100 people who have been waiting years (yes, years!) to have their smiles restored. Patients who have struggled eating and smiling, waiting so long to be able to do what so many of us take for granted. And the Refuge Clinic wants to change that!
A few weeks back, Mikhail wrote a blog focusing on steps we are taking to speed the process along (if you haven’t read it yet, go check it out here!). Providing dentures for patients literally changes a life! Many of our patients hide their smiles and have low self esteem due to not having teeth and report having trouble finding jobs because of their appearance. In addition, they struggle to get the proper nutrients as they have trouble eating many foods.
Our mission at the Refuge Clinic is to restore health and value to the community through the unconditional love of Christ. We believe that each person has intrinsic worth and value and re-gaining their smile is a huge step in personal healing which will help them gain a stronger sense of self-worth. Please pray with us and for us as we try to reach our goal of providing a smile to 100 patients in 2017! Providing a smile for someone communicates that they are valued, yields an incredible sense of self-confidence, opens new avenues for employment and most importantly changes lives!
If you’d like to make a difference in the life of one of our patients, please consider making a $200 donation which would cover the cost of a set of dentures! To give, visit the tab to the left, or simply click www.refugeclinic.org/give.
Cady Jean-Baptiste, Dental Coordinator