Helping Community Members Find Their Smile
Ester used to be self-conscious and would cover her mouth every time she talked, because she had so few teeth. She never imagined having the confidence to actually smile until the opportunity arose to have an evaluation at the Stephen B. Gold Dental Clinic at St. Charles Hospital. For six months, Eileen Randolph (center, background), a Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Long Island (SVDPLI) volunteer, drove her back and forth each week so that she could receive the restorative care necessary to eventually enjoy a full set of dentures—at no cost to her.
A $10,000 grant awarded by the CHS Caregivers Fund enabled a partnership between the dental clinic and SVDPLI to help Long Islanders who otherwise cannot afford or access proper dental treatment. This grant provides for an initial evaluation, X-rays and cleaning. In support of this worthy cause, St. Charles covered the cost of Ester’s dentures, illustrating how collaborative efforts serve those most in need.
Now, Ester is more comfortable with her new-found smile and is encouraging better dental health in her children. She is very grateful to Ms. Randolph, who has since become a close family friend, as well as to Keri Logan (second from left), DMD, director of the Stephen B. Gold Dental Clinic, Jonathan Schneider (right), DMD, the resident who performed the treatment, and MaryAnn Wolfinger (second from right), the office manager, for taking such good care of her. Special thanks go to St. Charles and the CHS employees and other participants who made this life-changing gift possible through the Caregivers Fund.
Call 631-465-6283 or download the donation form to learn how you can get involved in the Caregivers Fund.