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New Partnership Quadruples Number of Dental Patients Served

We are thrilled to be partnering with Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry to serve even more patients in our four state-of-the-art treatment rooms. The volunteer dental professionals who were the backbone of our dental clinic efforts for over 10 years are still on the job and their volunteerism is greatly appreciated. However, the new partnership greatly adds to our capacity.

Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry is providing three dental students, a faculty supervisor, two dental assistants and a dental assistant/dental office manager who are at NDSM five hours each weekday. They are able to treat up to 30 patients per day. They are joined by four dental hygiene students from Concorde Career College.

The Hamon Charitable Foundation played a big role in making this happen, when it funded the renovation and updating of our Dental Clinic in 2012 and 2013. The improvements made NDSM an attractive partner for Baylor’s College of Dentistry’s community-based clinical training program.

We initiated adult emergency dental care in 2003, offering extractions only. We are now offering extractions, fillings, root canals, cleaning and prostheses as replacement front teeth. In the near future we anticipate treating children as well.

We are grateful to all those who have contributed to this effort and heartened that we are able to bring these services to our community.

Annual Benefit A Great Success

Our Annual Benefit, held on May 16th, was our most successful ever. Over 300 friends of NDSM gathered at St. Monica Catholic Community to enjoy an evening of fellowship, fine food and wonderful music by Black Dirt Tango.

Our thanks go to the many individuals and organizations that made the night so memorable.

Thanks also go to TXU Energy for underwriting the event. Thanks to their generous participation, we were able to raise over $ 40,000 to continue our mission of serving the less fortunate who live among us. Stay tuned for next year!

Over Four Million Dollars!

We identified over $ 4.1 million in tax refunds while preparing 2,460 tax returns this year – both records! In addition to identifying refunds, we also saved our clients at least an estimated $ 369,000 in fees and helped them avoid the “instant refunds” that are actually extremely high interest loans.

By comparison, we filed 2,289 returns in 2013, identifying $ 3.2 million in refunds and saving clients at least $ 340,350 in fees.

We’d like to thank all the volunteers who generously donated their time and Foundation Communities for sponsoring our efforts.

Back-to-School Biggest Ever!

We saved deserving parents over $200,000 by providing school supplies and uniforms for the current school year. We distributed school supplies with a retail value over $82,000 to 2,981 children, and furnished two complete sets of uniforms valued at over $122,000 to 2,859 children. This was our most successful back-to-school ever.

Our success is due to the contributions of many groups and individuals. First, high school and college students processed applications over the summer. On distribution days we had extra help from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Northwood Women’s Club. And we received financial support from the Rees-Jones Foundation and the Simmons Foundation. Our thanks to everyone who helped these students get their year off to a good start.